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Nicki Minaj made waves when she released “Anaconda” earlier this year. The cover and the subsequent music video wowed audiences, but did she have a message behind the song and/or its visuals?

Nicki spoke with GQ about how parts of the video are about empowerment.

“At first I’m being sexual with the banana [in the music video],” she says. “Then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no.’… That was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”

While “Anaconda” may be far from understated, Minaj says she’s made a greater effort to showcase a more natural look as she prepares for the release of her upcoming album The Pinkprint.

“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she says in the piece. “I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

The Pinkprint is set to be released November 24.