Nicki Minaj Says Women Should Be Unapologetic About Asking For More Money
"If you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field."
We all know Nicki Minaj is one powerful woman and a feminist icon.
And in the past, she's spoken out about the discrepancies between the way women and men are perceived professionally.
But now she's weighed in on the debate surrounding equal pay – and her thoughts are as perfect as ever.
Speaking to Time magazine, Nicki implored women to be "unapologetic" about asking for more money.
One thing I learned along the way in business is the necessity for you to be unapologetic about asking for how much money you deserve. At a very early stage in my rap career, I was making six figures for shows. If I heard there was another rapper making that, I thought: "You know what? I get out there and demand or command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I get out there and give a real show. I want that too." And I pushed myself to be better with my showmanship, but I also decided: "You know what? I want to be compensated as well."
She went on to say that talented women in any industry should demand to be paid what they're worth.
If you know you're great at what you do, don't ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field. If I'm great at what I do, I can't be denied. Some things may be overlooked but no one can deny my brand, and that's the words of wisdom I would give to other young women.
Nicki concluded by saying her collaboration with Beyoncé had given her hope that young women may feel empowered and inspired to reach their potential.
It just feels like young women are being empowered and inspired, because I think it says a lot when you see two young women at the top of their field, whether they're black or white, it just means a lot when you see them owning who they are and owning the business.