Exclusive: Nicki Minaj on Image, Criticism and Success

A few years ago I attended New York's famed LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and Performing Arts. I was one of 60 students accepted into the highly-competitive drama program and little did I know I'd meet and become besties with a woman whom many regard as today's current rap she-ro. Throughout the years I've known her, Nicki Minaj has remained a dynamic personality whose diligence and belief in herself has been unwavering. I've watched her grind and hustle her way to where she is now, and her story is a true testament to someone who went from nothing to something. I sat down and interviewed my friend to find out how she deals with the good, the bad and the ugly of her new-found success.
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