Quote of the Day: Nicki Minaj on Education

Nicki Minaj on fans sending her photos of their diplomas and report cards.

Nicki Minaj
(Image credit: Marie Claire)

My fans send me pictures of their diplomas; the younger ones send me pictures of their report card. Whether I had this platform or not, I would be telling little girls and little boys, stay in school. Always depend on yourself. Make a name for yourself. That's how I treat my nieces and my little brother. They're 15, 13, and about eight, and I never want them to get to a place where they have to depend on anyone else. That has always been the motivating factor in my life. There were times when my mom said, 'I can't leave, because where would we go?' Those things would stick in my brain, and I would say, 'I'm never going to be in that situation.

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Diana Pearl

I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.