Nicki Minaj gives advice to young girls in the new Marie Claire: “Don’t chase any man, put your school first!”

Nicki Minaj lands the August cover of Marie Claire, and she looks pretty good, no? Looks like the craziness is toned down and she looks much more down-to-earth.

In the interview inside, Nicki opens up about her fans (in case you were wondering, she calls them her “Barbz”), her short-lived job as judge on ‘American Idol,’ and speaks openly to girls about boys.

She calls her fans her “Barbz”: “I’m very aware that millions of people on Twitter have no idea what we’re talking about. That’s because we kind of have our own language. I used to think it was just a Queens language or a New York language or an East Coast language, but now it’s a Barb Nation language. I have South African Barbz, Japanese, German, Saudi Arabian. You can be a Barb wherever you live.”

On American Idol: “The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there’s no script, it wasn’t be performing a song. It was, ‘Let’s see you real personality.’ My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn’t want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember.”

She wants to try acting at some point: “I at least want to do three more albums. If I can do that, I’ll feel complete…One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know…I’ve kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects.”

In another life she wanted to be 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. It seems glamorous in a way. Very inspiring and ballsy.”

Her “ah-ha” moment came last year: “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. 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.”

Her advice for girls: “Don’t chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women. 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.”

I think it’s hilarious – her advice for girls. And it’s not exactly far off, either. I wonder how many girls would actually TAKE the advice, though. When you’re you’re a young girl you don’t think of much else besides boys. I know some girls keep their nose to their books, but it’s hard! I remember the days where focusing on my crushes was more important than focusing on work!

PICTURES FROM INSIDE THE MAG AFTER THE JUMP!


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