Nicki Minaj's advice to working women
March 15th, 2013
10:30 AM ET

Nicki Minaj's advice to working women

The spotlight has been on powerful ladies this week thanks to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book on women in the workplace, and Nicki Minaj is one fiery standout among their ranks.

The new "Idol" judge covers the April issue of Elle magazine, and, as someone who straddles music, TV and merchandising, muses on what women need to know about getting respect.

“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss," she told Elle magazine. "Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want - and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, 'OK, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman.' That’s what it’s all about.”

Read more from Nicki Minaj's Elle cover story

Elle gave the rapper/singer a makeunder, replacing her usual candy-colored style with a more understated look. For Minaj, this in itself was a milestone.

“When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a ... like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard," she told the magazine. "I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes - you know, nothing - I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”

See the inspiration behind Nicki Minaj's Elle cover photo shoot

But when it comes to her career - or, as Elle calls it, her quest for "world domination" - Minaj is putting her family first.

“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination- in terms of providing for my family – is absolutely my goal."

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  1. Rock

    Thats the best she's ever looked. Enough of that jlzz filled nonsensical hair coloring crud

    March 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. donna m.

    its just jokes silly...i would never take this personal.

    March 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Evel Knievel

    I'd sooner take swimming lessons from this girl than take advice on working women.

    March 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. when midge blog bashes

    there is her birthday present

    March 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sadie

    The day I'd take advice from Nicki Manaj on how to be a woman, is the, I'd never take advice from her ever! She is a giant mess, not to mention the most unlady like woman out there. She does look a lot better without all the makeup and crazy clothes, though.

    March 16, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Busy judging others...

    meanwhile look at this vicious woman...i would never let her near my clients.. EVER

    March 16, 2013 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. nikki makeS her man look stupid...

    can't stand that...drives me nuts when a woman uses their men or they are nothing without them...

    low class woman and personally low

    March 16, 2013 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. the public can't stand her..

    and neither can we...

    March 16, 2013 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. i do not find this woman impreSsive and she

    is not someone i would look up too.....i find her a low end act.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hair800Service

    stringy and gross ... instead of getting in everyones business ... get a makeover you look like a slob.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Govenor IM

    The woman is a flat tire and she's an embarrassment to her man

    March 16, 2013 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nice Tots Nikki

    good for you girl–

    March 16, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nikki does NOT look like a boy...

    gaga looks like a boy and never looks can somebody never look showered...beyond me.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Redundant Bore

    we've said this 10,000 timeS....a flat tire ladies..hands down...she's no whitney that's for sure

    March 16, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Donkey Kong 1

    That hair is gross..i'm almost 50 and my hair is shiney and clean...her hair looks filthy... plus her voice sucks.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mule 1

    redundant with her vicious behavior and a no talent too hollywood...her voice sucks and peopel cringe when she's around ... let's face it the woman has no class..

    March 16, 2013 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  17. Gross 1

    Hands down

    March 16, 2013 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. I see nothing attractive about thiS woman

    i would never hire her just by looking at that puss on her way

    March 16, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  19. Nikki iS acts more like a man then a female...

    she's not attractive and she's basically rude and an embarrassment to the show.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  20. Nikki is not what we call a class act

    she has a big mouth but she is not flat chested.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  21. I'm not the govenor from the walking dead....

    Let's face it who would go near this evil woman...she's nasty, no personality and she makes a fool out of herself.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. Nikki is a slob..

    and a no class hack.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  23. govind

    I LOVE YOU T Shirt Nick..

    March 16, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  24. 18 hangups...muscle shirt time!!!!

    Level Schmevel

    March 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Football

    who heck understand it.....its like these 300 pound guys are bashing into each other breaking bones for some silly scores...instead of drooling over those quarterback brothers...i will watch the game and try too understand it...lolol

    March 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Derek Jeter

    Instead of drooling over Derek Jeter near the dugout all night long....i think i will learn more about baseball.

    March 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bust

    i think its time for me to relate more..i will learn more about country music singers this evening...

    March 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bust

    i think its time for me to relate more..i will learn more about country music singer this evening...

    March 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Johnny Cage

    But shes busty, and its a nice look... we all know they've been c-soaked before though.

    March 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  30. marina

    love her jacket....

    March 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  31. We are both sorry...

    and we are moving on..........end of story...

    March 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  32. In my situation...

    don't hack in phones..and nobody will get nasty

    March 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  33. KC

    Why is it that people like her spend thousands of dollars to look like the people they profess to 'hate'? IE: White people

    She is a Nasty, Nasty joke who doesn't have the slightest clue how to behave in public.

    March 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. we didn't do a thing...that blogger is such a moron

    March 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Gross

    Smootch da cootch!

    March 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |


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    March 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Redundant Schtick...

    rosie and other negative comments ... nobody cares ....

    March 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  39. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    What a nasty girl! One of the reasons AI sucks is her. I'd love to leave some butt nuggets in her blonde wig.

    March 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      I watched that for a few min's & she said something really strange about waffles. What's in those cokes they drink?

      March 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Peace, you replied to an imposter of me. Someone's trolling and using my name.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      Hi Triumph, I thought a couple of your comments were a little "off". Now I know did laugh at the fire hydrant 1, tho! Hope your w/e is going good!

      March 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's do lunch with a tool

      yea right...

      March 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Yeah I laughed at the snooki/fire hydrant one too lol. Anyway thought I should at least tell you about it so now you know.

      March 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • DownsideNoseDive

      we got you, its over and now get lost.

      March 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      Hey Triumph! How are you doing tonight? I've got to admit, this troll is pretty good. He left one "by me" on that country singer one. I was impressed on how much I knew about that guy. lol.. He's pretty good imitating you, too. I know I read your comments a couple of times to make sure it's you now. At least, he's pretty good at staying in character. Like they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. Not sure he thinks that way, though. Whatever frosts his cupcake. lol...

      March 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate Gosselin and RIP Greene Moment

      1. maryanne loves him
      2. 20 bucks - you effed up
      3. who would cry over kate gosselin
      4. gracie and jo

      March 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Hey Sadie. I'm doing fine tonight. The birds are returning here so I went over to my neighbors and left a nutty butt fudge brownie in their bird feeder. How are you? Yep our troll is decent at impersonating us. I too have to try to spot the fakes. I wasn't sure about the one on the country singer. Looks like I guessed right. Imitation truly is the highest form of flattery. It helps make us famous lol!

      March 17, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

      I love Minaj, I'm not even gonna make a sick joke on this story. Im so disappointed you guys dont appreciate the freak! I hate boring people.

      March 17, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  40. Agrav8td

    She's one of many in the 15-minutes of Fame Club and/or Famous For Nothing club.

    March 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  41. she has no clue of the entertainment business

    nikki plus 8 has been pursued to remain....yes ok to the other request.

    March 15, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  42. angel

    love nikki with less makeup true beauty is best

    March 15, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • At times but.....

      and is naSty...people dont want too see that redundant crap every day

      March 15, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |

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