Doja Cat graces the cover of Cosmopolitan Middle East in what is becoming her signature color pink wig and an Alexandre Vauthier dress. In the article, she speaks on winning her first VMA, fame, and being pitted against Nicki Minaj.
On winning Best New Artists at VMAs:
They had me go up [on stage] and pretend to accept an award. I was thinking, why would I want to pretend to accept an award? And they were like ‘just do it!’ And I was like, ‘what do you mean? No one wants to do that! This is so messed up! If I don’t win, I’m just going to cry when I get home’” she becomes more animated as the story progresses, gesticulating and putting on voices to represent the VMA producers.
“So then, halfway through my fake acceptance speech, they were like, ‘you won!’ I didn’t know how appreciative I would be for that award until I got it. It just reminded me that I love making music, and this is why I’m here. I just want to make videos and do fun stuff.
Fame, though, isn’t all trolls and tribulations. “There’s a good side to it because I’ve had to correct myself a lot. I’ve had to grow up because of it, and I think it’s helped me revaluate stuff and become a better person. When you get picked at a lot and critiqued constantly because you’re under a microscope, it’s allowed me to trim off parts of myself that maybe weren’t useful to me.”
On Being Pitted Against Nicki Minaj and Others:
The media’s obsession with pitting women against each other is not lost on Doja, who is regularly compared to fellow rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. “I don’t really ever consider artists to be ‘in the way.’ I don’t see them as competition because I just have fun doing it. With rap and hip-hop, you have trillions of male rappers; I’ve actually lost count of how many male rappers there are. Then you have female rappers, and there are less than 600 of us, so comparisons are always going to happen, it’s completely natural, and I accept it. I appreciate it a lot when I’m compared to Nicki; I think it’s cool. I look up to a lot of people who came before me. But there’s no competition; the music industry just needs more female artists.”
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