Minaj: Oprah’s my icon
Nicki Minaj has confessed that Oprah and Madonna are her icons, and that the music industry requires you to reinvent yourself.
The Heartbeat singer wants to emulate these two mega stars in her own career, but admits her own success doesn't compare to theirs at the moment.
"I just have a desire to be that kind of woman that I look up to when I was young. That kind of woman like the Oprahs and the Madonnas.
"Those are the women that I look at and I'm like, 'If you can do what you do, I can do this,' because what I'm doing is such a small fraction of what their days must be like," she told Access Hollywood.
Nicki also was candid about the evolutionary nature of pop music, and how you have to move with it.
The star, who is known for her bright stage costumes, says reinvention is part of the job.
"I definitely do feel the pressure to reinvent. I think any artist would be lying if they told you they weren't. That's just a normal human feeling.
"You're in a business that's constantly changing and because we're in this internet era, people see things one second and forget it the next. And it's like, you know, you've gotta be really special to stick around," she explained.
In-between her evolving pop act, the star says she's left with very little time.
As well as music Nicki also has her own brand of perfume, a make-up collaboration with MAC cosmetics and is about to launch a fashion line.
"I don't even know how [I make my schedule work] - it really is just mind over matter. Like, you've really gotta will yourself to do it because sometimes I feel so overwhelmed, like I'm not gonna get this done," she said.
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