Nicki Minaj in Vogue. (Steven Klein/VOGUE)
And she has most definitely made that a reality. Thanks to her success as an artist -- her debut album, 2010's Pink Friday, was nominated for four Grammys and won a Video Music Award and two American Music Awards -- Minaj has been able to indulge in all the things she never had growing up. When the money first started rolling in, she tells Vogue it was routine to drop $50,000 a month on "Giuseppe, Versace, YSL, and Fendi shoes. And I bought tons of Vuitton bags. When you're a young girl from Queens, you're going to stock up on those bags." Eventually, she discovered how to pair designer items "with other things." For example, during this particular interview she sported a custom-bejeweled jacket from the Versace for H&M line.
Now that she's achieved her dream of being one the biggest female rappers of all time, she wants to help other women realize their own goals. Minaj, who refers to her fans as her "little sisters," says she is planning "an enormous foundation to nurture girls. The Nicki Minaj girl is a fun, artsy girl who can become a fierce force to be reckoned with on Wall Street! They hang on my every word, so I tell them, go to school, be ambitious. The worst position is to be financially dependent on the man."
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