Nicki Minaj Calls Nudity Double Standard for Black Vs. White Women 'Pathetic and Sad'

Image via Marie Claire
Image via Marie Claire

Janet Mock interviewed Nicki Minaj for Marie Claire’s November cover story, in which the rapper shares her thoughts about Kim Kardashian’s nude renaissance.


The story begins with Mock’s recount of where and how she met Minaj, who’s working on her next album and has a TV series based on her life in development. Mock writes:

As I wait for Nicki Minaj in her suite on the top floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower overlooking NYC’s Central Park, I’m struck by the commonalities between her and the Republican presidential nominee. Both are mononymous New Yorkers from Queens who have flaunted citrusy coifs, eliminated contestants on television (she on American Idol; he on The Apprentice), and brokered lucrative product deals. They also speak their minds no matter the consequences.

A good question to ask: Who let Nicki Minaj stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower?

Also, what’s going on here?

The full cover story isn’t yet available online, but there are a few excerpts, which include Minaj’s take on the reaction to Kim Kardashian’s revolutionary nudity:

On the double standard that exists for women of color in the media: “When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.”


While Kardashian did get her fair share of criticism, it’s a valid point that the reaction is much different when black women bare their asses for, say, publications like the old black men’s magazine KING, for which Kim once graced the cover.

In another excerpt, Minaj also makes a woke point about how police brutality affects the black women left behind after the violence:

“We tend to not remember the black women who are mourning these men and who are thinking, Oh, my God, what am I going to tell my child now about where his father is, and the struggle it is for black women to then move on after they lose their husband or their boyfriend ... The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed ... no one really ever puts a hand out to them.”


All the excerpts are here.

Culture Editor, Jezebel


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I don’t agree with some of Nicki Minaj’s business decisions, but fucking hell if she’s not a badass. And that top she’s wearing is super cute.