Nicki Minaj already has 2017 on lock before it even started. With a new album and a TV Show about her childhood all slated to come next year, Nicki wants the world to know that she slays and she is here to slay. Recently, Nicki sat down with author and activist Janet Mock to discuss everything from Beyoncé to the double standards in Hollywood. On top of that, she stayed the cover in a beautiful high-fashion photo shoot. Check out the highlights below.

On competing with male rappers:

“I don’t need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”

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.”

On collaborating with Beyoncé:

“Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling.”

On young women’s goals:

“Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money—I think that’s a big thing now. I don’t want that to be a woman’s goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period, and he should feel that, because when a man feels that you need him, he acts differently.”

The magazine will hit newsstands on Oct. 18. Read some more highlights here and watch the behind the scenes video below.

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