Nicki Minaj opened up about her image in the July 2018 issue of Elle magazine.
The rapper explained that she is worried about how her persona affects women.
Minaj said that it makes her “sad as a woman” that “modern-day prostitutes” exist.
The “Barbie Tingz” singer went on to say that those women have more to offer than their bodies.
People took to Twitter to call out Minaj’s comments, saying that she shamed sex workers.
Nicki Minaj is known for her image as a fierce — and sometimes controversial — female rapper. In a cover story for Elle’s July 2018 issue, the rapper discussed her identity and how it impacts women’s self-worth. But some people felt that Minaj’s comments casted shame over sex workers.
Though Minaj said that she loves “being sexy,” she voiced concern in regards to how other people assert their sexuality. She also said that she didn’t know how to approach the subject “without being offensive.”
Minaj explained that she wasn’t aware of the amount of women who are “modern-day prostitutes,” and how such behavior might affect their self-respect.
“Maybe I was naive, but I didn’t realize how many girls were modern-day prostitutes,” she said. “Whether you’re a stripper, or whether you’re an Instagram girl — these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer. But I started finding out that you give them a couple thousand dollars, and you can have sex with them.”
Minaj added: “It’s just sad that they don’t know their worth. It makes me sad as a woman. And it makes me sad that maybe I’ve contributed to that in some way.”
Some people felt that Minaj’s comments were hypocritical and indicated that Minaj doesn’t fully understand sex work.
What Nicki Minaj said in that Elle interview was 100% trash. Shaming sex work isn’t the wave, sis. She (an influential celebrity) should be using her platform to uplift instead of spouting this pick-me rhetoric. Trash. pic.twitter.com/fD4U39V5uI
— 𝔐𝔦𝔞 🥀 (@traplordusagi_) June 13, 2018
this was?? such a strange interview??? from onika’s sudden distaste for trap to the midsection that shamed sex work idk if i really care for this era https://t.co/uj8vkIW2dY
— hari (@haribopeep) June 13, 2018
Nicki Minaj profiting off of the idea of sex work while shaming sex workers is nothing short …read more
Source:: Business Insider