Nicki Minaj covers the July 2018 issue of ELLE magazine photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Katie Mossman.
On being single for the first time since she was 15: “I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself for whatever reason. As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk, without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me.”
On talking to the judge who oversaw Meek Mill’s case: “I know that when I went there pleading for his freedom, I know that she”—Judge Brinkley—“spoke to me and was very sweet and maternal, and we both cried in her chambers, and she gave him another chance. So I don’t know what’s going on.”
On trap taking over rappers: “The truth of the matter is, trap has taken over so much that even our New York rappers are doing nothing but trap songs, because they feel that that’s the way to make it. They’re rapping like people from the south.”
On working with Karl Lagerfeld: “I couldn’t think straight anymore. I was like, Oh my God, I couldn’t…it felt like a dream.”
This story appears in the July 2018 issue of ELLE on newsstands June 26.
Cover: Versace Bead-embellished Ensemble from the Spring 2018 Collection
First Image: Glazed-canvas Belted Coat by Fendi | Nylon Tights by Wolford | Suede Pumps by Stuart Weitzman
Second Image: Goat Cashmere Fur Coat and Velted Veil Hat by Nina Ricci | Nylon Tights by Wolford | Suede Pumps by Stuart Weitzman
Third Image: Jersey Dress by Alexandre Vauthier | Suede Pumps by Stuart Weitzman
Hair: Kim Kimble
[Photo Credit: Karl Lagerfeld/ELLE Magazine]