JUST IN: Nicki Minaj Reveals Kanye West Rejected Her Idea Due To Kim Kardashian


Nicki Minaj did not hold back during her latest interview as she touched on several hot topics including Kanye West rejecting a potential fashion collaboration due to Kim Kardashian, getting butt injections, social media, and why she believes she deserves a Vogue cover.

The 39-year-old rapper – full name Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty – sat down for a nearly two-hour interview with media personality Joe Budden on his YouTube Channel released two months ago.

The Starships hitmaker was an open book as she said that she had approached Kanye, 44, with the idea of working together on a fashion project but he turned it down out of respect for his wife Kim, 41.

Nicki helped the sales of Italian luxury fashion house Fendi skyrocket after naming them on 2018 hit track Chun-Li and later earned a deal with them as she hoped that the Yeezy founder would work on her next collection.

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She told 41-year-old Budden: ‘I told Kanye about [my impact on Fendi’s sales]. I was like, “Hey look, I’m about to do something and I just wanted to make sure I spoke to you first,” because I have so much respect for him.

‘And he was like, “Well, if I did something with you, I think my wife probably wouldn’t love that idea because I should be giving that to my wife instead. If I was doing a female version of the Yeezys or whatever, it should probably go to my wife.”‘

Nicki did say that she understood where Kanye was coming from but had trouble understanding why he was so quick in turning her down when taking into consideration the obstacles that he faced as a Black designer with a background in hip-hop.

She explained: ‘Kanye was very vocal about the fashion industry not letting him in at one time. 

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‘So if a Black female rapper who you know has just shown her self to be sellable…  then when I come to you as a Black man that I look up to, I’m doing that because you inspired me, because you said if the fashion industry didn’t want to let us in, even though we’re so influential.’

The rapper went on to say she was not sure if the directive came from Kim directly or if it was something Kanye had assumed but it was frustrating as there are not enough Black women represented in the high fashion industry.

She said: ‘And then when I did ask, just put it on his radar, he said how he thought his wife would feel about it, and we didn’t really speak much more about it. Now, I’m not saying that [Kim Kardashian] said that, but that’s what he thought how she would feel about it.

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‘We have to be careful that when we put those things out there and when a door is opened, that we do figure out a way to have another Black face there in that space.’

As she has been highly influential to high-fashion, Nicki expressed dismay over not having a cover for American Vogue yet.

She said: ‘You would think that right now hip-hop is the biggest, most influential genre in the world, you would think that the biggest female rapper of all time, who has set so many trends, would have been on the cover of American Vogue, but she hasn’t.’


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