Limelight Barbie: Nicki Minaj Tells All, Part 3

Calling all Barbz: are you ready for the epic conclusion of Roman’s holy empire? I’m talkin’ Nicki Minaj: My Truth – Part 3. Also: I’ve typed more colons in the last three weeks than my entire life combined. Let’s do this.

Everything I’ve been writing about for the last few weeks is finally tangible. You guys! I feel like I’m the one who accomplished something. Nicki’s album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up, is out now, so find yourself a new guilty pleasure song – we all have them. She was all over YouTube the other day (okay, her boobs were) promoting her fragrance, Pink Friday (that I’m afraid might kill me in my sleep given the chance). And as of Sunday night, she’s got two more awards under her belt. It looks like Nicki Minaj is going to be around for a while whether we like it or not. But what’s not to like about the scent of vanilla, skin musks and woods? Nothing, that’s what.

Maybe it’s because I watched Katy Perry: Part of Me this weekend, but I think this three-part saga would have been better as a one-time event. We laughed, we cried, we felt inspired by Nicki’s lyrics, struggles and work ethic – all in the first episode. Everything I didn’t know about Nicki Minaj, I learned from Part 1. Then, we saw the drama and excitement behind the scenes of the concert in Part 3. But she’s given me more than enough material to work with from all three installments, so let’s wrap this up.

In Part 3, we reached the main event: the Pink Friday: Reloaded tour kickoff in the U.K. Is Tyga, her opening act, even big across the pond? Doesn’t matter, because Nicki is – and Roman is especially. Part 3 was my favorite of the series, and I’ll say right now it’s because I’m a sucker for a pre-show, all-hands-in “the moment is NOW” group circle while someone shouts “remember, you were BORN to do this!” And I wasn’t disappointed.

But there was one scene that made me roll my eyes out loud. On the first night of the concert, some of her lighting malfunctioned. After the show, she kept yelling “Hundreds of thousands of dollars!” and pouting. And I mean, I get it. It’s a shame the set didn’t work and it was so expensive, but she really looked like a toddler. One who should be slapped for speaking to authority in such a tone. It also probably didn’t help that she was still wearing a light-up tutu at the time. And her creative director’s response was, “it’s a good thing [the technician] heard it from Nicki.” Barf. LIKE HE WOULDN’T HAVE FIXED IT OTHERWISE. Don’t feed the ego.

My argument for Nicki remained disgustingly positive throughout this documentary series. I could just as easily have pointed out her flaws and maintained that she’s a lunatic with multiple personality disorder. But after watching My Truth, I do think she’s a genuine, relatable human being who happens to have a mane of bubble gum pink hair on some days, and that’s what I think she was hoping to relay to us. I think she was successful.

What have I learned about Nicki Minaj? You either love her or you hate her. It’s rare that people have lukewarm feelings about a personality like Nicki Minaj’s. The people who love her love her so much, it rivals my feelings for Brian Littrell circa 1998, which scares me a little. The people who hate her think she’s a fame whore and a bad role model and the worst rapper alive, all in one divamonster. But even if they don’t buy The Re-Up, I think she’ll still do alright. And while she wants everyone to like her, and rumors and gossip may upset her sometimes, she’s proven that she’s stronger than all the negativity.

There’s a lesson in there somewhere. Whether you like Nicki or not, she’s a confident, successful woman. And we are confident, successful women, too. You may not be a fan of her music or her personality, but you’re both in this together in more ways than you realize. #girlpower

In the end, I think Ms. Minaj tweeted it best herself:

@NICKIMINAJ: “My Truth” is more revealing of the drive…the beast… the demand…the machine… but its important 2 remember its only one side of me

Nicki Minaj: she’s just a girl, standing in front of iTunes, asking you to love her. She wakes up, goes to the studio, shoots music videos, rehearses for her tour, films Idol, goes to sleep, and then wakes up and does it all again the next day. Somewhere in between, she gets stressed out and and talks in accents and hugs her fans. For someone with many different sides (and wigs), she plays them all pretty well. Which one are you on?

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