I’ve followed and unfollowed Nicki Minaj on Instagram a dozen times. She’s a serial multi-grammer, posting the basically the same picture multiple times over the course of a night. She clogs up your feed and she looks good doing it. In a new New York Times profile, the star admits to using… filters. She doesn’t quite admit to retouching, but she has a friend who retouched her photo for her. We all have that friend, girl.
She mentioned how insecure she felt on Instagram, ‘‘where everyone is freaking drop-dead gorgeous.’’ Don’t get her wrong, she said: Like most celebrities, she approves the pictures that appear on her Instagram and other social-media accounts. ‘‘I get that people put filters on their pictures — I definitely use filters — but I didn’t know people retouched,’’ she says, excitedly talking about being in a nightclub the other day, taking pictures with a friend, and how the friend ‘‘cleaned all the sweat off our face’’ before she posted the photo. ‘‘We’re in a club! We can have a moist, dewy-looking face.’’
If Nicki’s blessing isn’t enough to get you to embrace your insecurities, try channeling her energy next time you’re talking to someone who you’d rather leave you alone; like, for example, a reporter from the Times:
“That’s a premeditated thing you just did.” She called me ‘‘rude’’ and ‘‘a troublemaker,’’ said ‘‘Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way’’ and, at last, declared, ‘‘I don’t care to speak to you anymore.’’
Nicki, you inspire us.