Rapper and newly minted talk show host Eve voiced her issues with Nicki Minaj’s cover shoot for Paper Magazine on Wednesday’s (November 15) episode of The Talk.
The photoshoot, which was labelled as a sequel to Kim Kardashian’s nude #BreakTheInternet photoshoot from 2014, featured several versions of Minaj in suggestive poses and skimpy outfits.
Eve expressed huge respect for the record-breaking rapper from Queens, but said it wouldn’t be something she’d do personally.
“It’s one of those things because I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on Barbershop, and she is incredibly, like, she is a nice person,” Eve told the audience. “She’s an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her as a lyricist. But as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I wouldn’t be able to do that.”
“I think, in this climate, it’s not good,” she continued. “I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves, and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me, and younger people were looking up to me.”
“Not that you want to want to be a role model, but it is what you are,” Eve finished, to applause from the audience.
It’s Eve’s first week as a permanent member at the table on the Daytime Emmy Award-winning show.
Eve hasn’t been the only one to call out Nicki Minaj for risqué poses and outfits, but others have pointed out how society and the internet take so much more notice when a woman is wearing less.