I read all the time that people think Nicki is talentless, useless, shallow, not a role model, a "slut/whore" who dresses inappropriately etc.
So I figured I might as well educate you people on why Nicki Minaj is great in many ways, and that even if you don't like her music, there's no reason to hate on her as a person.
1. She encourages young people to stay in school. All the time.
2. She has some great, empowering values.
3. She isn't selfish and cares about others.
When her dress ripped at the VMA's, she was more concerned over the fact that it took away from Jessie J's performance. She didn't care that her dress ripped, on stage, in front of so many people. She didn't care that that can be hella embarrassing on its own. She cared more about the fact that it was unprofessional and that she felt like it ruined the performance.
She loves her BFF Beyoncé and made a pretty goofy music video with her.
She had a rough upbringing, especially because of her father and his abuse and addictions. When she was young, she wanted to do everything she could to help her mom.
When I first came to America, I would go in my room and and kneel down at the foot of my bed and pray that God would make me rich so that I could take care of my mother.
4. She has managed to survive and make a name for herself in an industry that's male dominated.
So before you bash her because you don't like the way she looks, the way she dresses, or the way she raps or sings, or that you think she's a waste of space and talentless. Then please remind yourself of the fact that she made something of herself even though her past isn't the best. She pushes herself and is passionate about hard work. She encourages young people to stay in school and get an education, before pursuing their dreams. She takes care of her friends, family and co-workers, and puts them first. She wants to empower women by showing them that you can be both sexy and a hard working queen. That Girl Love is important. That confidence is important. That you shouldn't let anyone stand in your way because of stereotypes, racism, sexism and discrimination.
Just because she pushes boundaries, dresses provocatively and says provocative things, it doesn't mean she can't be a good role model too.