Nicki Minaj is undoubtedly the great kahuna of rap. Before becoming Queen of Rap, Minaj began her career as a mixtape artist in New York City, where she developed her talent for rhyming at the age of 12, per Britannica. After being mentored by rapper Lil Wayne and founding the record label Young Money, Minaj released her debut studio album, Pink Friday, in 2010. The world was never the same. With smash hits like “Super Bass” and “Your Love,” “Pink Friday” went triple platinum and cemented Minaj as a cultural phenomenon.
A big part of the conversation surrounding Minaj as she burst onto the stage was her overall picture. With her multicolored wigs and edgy ensembles, the “Anaconda” singer loves to use fashion to express herself. And if you take a look at Minaj’s red carpet outfits, you can tell that she has a relatively small stature.
However, many outlets misrepresent Minaj’s sizing — and she set the record for how tall she is.
Nicki Minaj set the record straight for her height
Although she dominates on stage, Nicki Minaj is quite short. As of this writing, most websites report that the “We Go Up” rapper is 5ft 2 inches tall. But that’s actually due to a white lie that Minaj wrote in one of her own songs. After the huge success of her debut album, Minaj released Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012. The album’s twelfth track, “Whip It,” features Minaj’s vocals “I’m like 5’2″ / My SAT scores was high too,” according to AZLyrics. So it seems most people just took her word for it.
But it turns out that Minaj put a lot of effort into the liking part of this lyric. In 2015 Minaj tweeted, “He’s 6’3 — I’m 5’3. How tall are you?” This was most likely a reference to her then-boyfriend Meek Mill, who she dated in 2015 after her 12-year relationship with Safaree Samuels, according to Us Weekly. Of course, Minaj is now married and has a son with Kenneth Petty, who is said to be 5ft 11 inches tall.
Still, most people believed Minaj was 5’2″ tall, and she ended up opening up about the bogus rumors during a 2020 Instagram Live on YouTube. When a fan jokingly commented that Minaj “did on her 5-foot-2 mouth,” she clapped back, saying, “First of all, I’m glad you said that. I’m not 5’2″, I’m 5’3″! I kept saying that [‘Whip It’] … I only said that because it rhymes! Durr!” Well, the Queen has spoken!
Nicki Minaj’s heels are sky high
Nicki Minaj proves the old adage that dynamite comes in small packages. Of course, this also applies to their dominance in the music industry with dozens of hits on the Billboard charts. But it also applies to Minaj’s personality and how her personality translates into her style. A look at Minaj’s shoe choices over the years shows that the rapper is definitely using super high heels to improve her height.
The “Starships” singer is certainly never afraid to strut in her heels, and wearing them is a common occurrence for Minaj. She was once pictured in insanely high 7-inch Versace heels, and she even wore platform boots at Los Angeles International Airport in 2015. Minaj also confirmed this once in a Twitter Thread that a fan’s life-size cutout of the rapper should be 5ft 9in since she was wearing 6in heels in the photo. And while Minaj loves her pumps, she’s also recently popularized her iconic iridescent Crocs.
Whether she’s wearing sky-high heels or flats, one thing is certain: Minaj is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to musical talent and influence.