1. She Initially Wanted to Become an Actress – But Then Was a Waitress

After Nicki Minaj graduated from high school, she initially wanted to become an actress. In 2001, she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget, a full-length play about graffiti artists in the Bronx. After her acting career failed to take off, she worked briefly as a waitress at Red Lobster. She was fired after she gave a customers the middle finger for taking her pen. She got fired from several other Red Lobsters for an aggressive attitude:

“…I got fired from, like, five different Red Lobsters. I got fired from, like, every Red Lobster you could think of: The Bronx, Long Island, Queens, everywhere. I don’t know why, but they thought I had [an] attitude,” she told an Atlanta radio show in 2010.

Her own favorite fast food restaurant is Popeye’s.

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2. Nicki’s Alter Egos And What They Mean

On the song Roman’s Revenge, Minaj raps as her alter ego, Roman Zolanski. Minaj has multiple alter egos, including Martha Zolanski, Roman’s mother. Nicki Minaj herself is an alter ego; she was born Onika Tanya Maraj. Minaj has said that creating these alter egos was a means of escape from the violent household she was brought up in. Her alter egos can be heard in vocal and rap style changes on the song Roman’s Revenge. In the music video for the song “Moment 4 Life,” Minaj appears as Martha Zolanski at the beginning of the video.

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3. Nicki’s Evolving Style

After the release of her smash hit debut album, Pink Friday, Minaj was known for wearing bright, candy-colored costumes. But, as she told E! News in 2014, she had a more natural look before her first album, and that this is something only her “underground” fans really know and connect with.

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4. Biography

Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper and pop star. She has also become an actress and television personality in recent years.

All this combined has made her one of the biggest female pop sensations in the world and one of the best earning rappers of today regardless of gender. Even though she was born in Trinidad, Minaj’s family came to America while she was still young. She was raised in Queens, New York City, where she began studying performance arts as a child. She signed to famed rapper Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records label in 2009 after releasing three mixtapes independently.

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5. Career

Minaj experienced success right from the start of her career, with her debut album “Pink Friday” peaking at number one on the US Billboard 200 and going platinum soon after its release. Minaj has sold over five million albums worldwide over the last three years. With her massive popularity, Minaj is able to charge upwards of $50,000 for a guest verse on a song. She has contracts with a large number of corporations including Apple, Casio, Nokia and Pepsi. She also teamed up with Mattel in 2011 to create a Nicki Minaj-themed Barbie doll.

6. Estimated Net Worth

Minaj was the only female rapper to make it onto the list of hip hop’s biggest earners in 2013, finishing fourth overall with an estimated $29 million earned in 2013. Minaj became a television personality in 2013 as well, serving as a judge for the twelfth season of American Idol, which brought here a substantial paycheck and expanded her audience outside of the realm of music. Her total net worth is currently estimated at about $46 million and is expected to increase significantly in 2014.

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How much is Nicki Minaj’s Net Worth? $46 Million!

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Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj, was born December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. The future superstar moved to Queens, New York when she was five years old. Minaj is of Indo-Trinidadian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry and has three siblings. Overcoming a less than ideal childhood, she graduated from La Guardia High School where she studied singing and acting. After high school, Minaj was momentarily in an off-Broadway plan before starting her rap career.

Nicki Minaj began her career as a backup singer and briefly as a member of a rap quartet called The Hoodstars. In 2008, she released her second mixtape “Sucka Free”, which made her Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards. Her rapping skills caught the ears of established hip hop artists like Lil Wayne, who Minaj has collaborated with on numerous tracks. In 2012, Nicki Minaj guest starred on the hit TV show, American Idol. Later that year it was announced that she would be joining the show as part of the judging panel with a $12 million one year deal.

Reports of Nicki Minaj’s net worth is varies from $45 million to $55 million. In 2011, she became the first female rapper on Forbes Magazine’s Hip-Hop Cash Kings list with earnings of $6.5 million between 2010 and 2011. Her earnings have increased to $14 million and she is the only woman to be included on the Forbes 2014 Cash King list. Nicki Minaj’s recent album “The Pink Print”, featuring hit singles such as “Truffle Butter”, “Pills n Potions” and “Anaconda” has already sold 650,000 units worldwide.

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