The music video for Nicki Minaj’s hit tune “Anaconda” may seem like a gratuitous display of jiggling flesh, but the rapper claims she’s on a mission.
If you’re self-conscious about your curves, then 2014 is the year to proudly accept those extra pounds. Following the success of Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” and Minaj’s aforementioned rump shaker, having a little junk in the proverbial trunk is definitely a plus. Although Nicki isn’t taking aim at skinny girls with her song, she definitely has an agenda.
During her recent chat with Billboard, Nicki Minaj revealed that she’s a little tired of how the media portrays women. Although she thinks of herself as a skinny girl, that doesn’t mean curvaceous ladies shouldn’t feel comfortable — and desirable — in their own skin. What’s more, she wants to bring this message to the African-American community.
“Everything we see that’s labeled as beautiful is very skinny. In the song I kind of say, ‘F**k them skinny girls.’ But it’s all love. I consider myself a skinny girl…I went overboard with the video to show that I’m not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they’re not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important, too.”
But that’s not all: Nicki Minaj wants women to feel empowered. Since she essentially created her own brand from scratch, the rapper hopes other ladies will follow her example. Minaj told V Magazine that she wants females to take “charge of their own situation.”
” I came into the game creating my own brand. I was doing things very early on that set me apart from people who just took orders and allowed their brand to be created for them. I love women who take control, who set standards, and who believe in themselves enough to lead the way in terms of their career. I’ve done that. When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do. There are a lot of strong male rappers, who’ve influenced me a great deal in terms of my skill, my flow, and my business-savvy side. But at the end of the day, I still want to inspire women.”
Following a short delay, rabid Nicki Minaj fans can pick up the rapper’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated new album, The Pink Print, on December 15. Do you think that Minaj’s tune “Anaconda” is a battle cry for curvy women?
[Lead image via Billboard Magazine]