Nicki Minaj Wanted To Be A Lawyer; Talks Idol & Her 'Weird Epiphany' On A Tour

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Nicki Minaj on the cover of the August 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine -- Marie Claire
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Nicki Minaj on the cover of the August 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine -- Marie Claire

Nicki Minaj admitted if she wasn't a rapper and pop star, she had an interest in becoming a lawyer.

"I just loved the thought of going into a courtroom with mostly men and defending someone - just being able to persuade people with your words," Nicki told Marie Claire magazine, which features her on its August 2013 cover. "It seems glamorous in a way. Very inspiring and ballsy."

Nicki has had a slew of hits and toured all over the world, and she told the mag that during her Australian stop she had a "weird epiphany."

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"I was on a world tour, a big feat for a female rapper. For the first time, I allowed myself to feel proud of where music had gotten me, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analyzing yourself with a true desire to grow," she said. "I was praying every day, 'You know what, Lord? I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child.' I wanted all of the feelings of entitlement to leave me, because some people have this life for a year or five or 10 - and a lot of them lose it. I didn't want to become a person who wasn't enjoying the moment."

The music superstar also addressed her time on "American Idol" in the interview, noting that it showed people her personality.

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"The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there's no script, it wasn't [me] performing a song. It was, 'Let's see [your] real personality.' My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people," she said. "I didn't want to blow smoke up their a**. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember."

Also included in the interview excerpts released by Marie Claire on Tuesday were Nicki's tips for getting a man.

"Don't chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women," she said. "You don't have to be a bitch, but there's nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog."

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