Rapper Nicki Minaj takes the cover story of American Elle Magazine‘s July 2018 edition photographed by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld. Styling is work of Katie Mossman, with production from Celine Guillerm at Octopix. In charge of beauty were hair stylist Kim Kimble at SixK.LA, makeup artist Tom Pecheux at Calliste, and manicurist Chloe Desmarchelier at Atomo Management.
“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. Becoming single was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful. The fact that I am a young woman who doesn’t need a man for money. I don’t need a man for a job. I’ve never had to f**k for beats. I’ve never had to f**k for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.” – Nicki for Elle US on being single.