Nicki Minaj is one of the most successful entertainers of this generation. She's got a coven of loyal followers in the millions and has graced almost every magazine cover there is to grace (still waiting on you, though, Vogue... what's good?).

Unfortunately, even a celebrity of her caliber faces racist micro-aggressions.

Nicki Minaj shared on Twitter that magazines don't allow her to wear Black hairstyles on their covers.


A fan attempted to celebrate with her about the fact that she's finally reached a point where magazines don't handle her with such cultural insensitivity, but Nicki Minaj had an unfortunate correction to make.

Magazine brands are still keeping Nicki Minaj's cover hairstyles of the European beauty standard persuasion. 

Another fan made a comment about what motivates brands to whitewash Nicki Minaj's style for their covers — and Minaj agreed.

Issa point. White women are often lauded for their faux innovation when they step out showing their baby hairs, cornrows, braids or any other hairstyles associated with Black culture. 

And it's not like Nicki doesn't wear Black hairstyles on her own. She's as quick to slay a braided look as any Black girl.

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Note that braids are multi-purpose and just as worthy of an editorial shoot as straight hair or any other style that is falsely considered to be more "appropriate." 

It's disgusting that a white woman has to wear them before they are considered beautiful.

Nick Minaj wore cornrows in a gorgeous side pony tail for business *and* pleasure purposes in January 2017. The photo above is her laid up looking like a goddess for the "Run Up" video with Diplo. She also wore these braids for a photo shoot, a New Year's Eve party with her girls, and a vacation trip

"Black" hairstyles also aren't just relegated to braids. It's worth it to point out that Nicki Minaj has a head of healthy-looking, natural hair beneath her flossy wigs.

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Nick Minaj is a Black woman with Black woman hair, and she's proud of it. It's strange that magazines haven't allowed her to show it off. 

Do you *really* embrace Black women if you don't embrace all of the things that make us aesthetically and culturally unique?

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And what EXACTLY does one of the most popular and successful artists of our time have to do to be entirely accepted in all her Black girl magic and glory?

This is a shame. I hope more publications get it together — because in this time of declining readership, it's the magazines that will suffer.