Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and raised in Queens, New York, Minaj went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, where she stoked her dream of becoming an actress. “By the time I’m 19, I’m going to be Halle Berry status,” she remembers telling her classmates. “I really believed it,” she says now, “and when it didn’t happen, I started getting more and more crushed.” But she was also a singer, and when she used Myspace to upload some early songs, she developed a following. She changed her name and changed course: She would become a female rapper…… Read the full story at Marie Claire.
American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality Nicki Minaj Covers Marie Claire August 2013 Issue.