HomeCeleb Watch, Quick QuotesQuick Quote: Why Doesn’t Nicki Minaj Work Out?

In her latest interview for Marie Claire…


…Nicki Minaj dropped the following jewel:

I don’t work out. I hate it. I don’t mean to sound super lazy. I tried it for a time. I lost my boobs. When I feel I need to lose weight, I just change what I eat. I cut out carbs and sugar. I’ll do water and protein and fruit. But I do think that you should work out. ‘My doctor tells me that and I get it. Do cardio.



I love Nicki. I admire her hustle. But.


Nah, never mind.

Nicki, credit: starpulse.

Extra photo of Nicki, credit: starpulse.

You can check out Nicki in Marie Claire’s August 2013 edition, on stands now.

I’m just going to stare at the quote and pout. It’s not often that I hear about concern over the breasts – it’s the booty that most people are tripping over.

Also: get into how she specifically mentioned cutting the sugar. I’m gonna have to keep a running tally of the number of celebrities that list sugar as a “problem…”

…because, I’m pretty sure that I’ve been saying that for years.

By | 2017-06-10T11:44:43+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Celeb Watch, Quick Quotes|33 Comments

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.


  1. Serenity July 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM - Reply

    Ahhh…. to be young again….

    • LA Red July 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM - Reply

      Exactly. When I was in my 20’s that’s all I had to do too. Hit my 30’s and birth control and slowing metabolism killed all hopes of that. Now, just entering my 40’s, I am trying not to give up completely but it’s hard.

  2. Jayde July 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM - Reply

    I don’t believe nothing she say. Photoshop might be working overtime….

    • Kitana July 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM - Reply

      Well, photoshop is a given any time we’re looking at non-candid pics of celebrities. She’s probably telling the truth otherwise, though.

  3. St. July 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM - Reply

    I worry about my boobs because they already point south. I don’t need them to shrink and prune up on top of it. I’m firmly attached to these girls. Literally. And it breaks my little heart to think of them as rolls of nickles in a pair of socks.

    Sugar is the ebb of my being. There is three packets in my coffee already this morning. The plus side is that I never finish my coffee. I just dent it.

    I think Nicki is beautiful and it’s awesome that she is able to acknowledge what she does and doesn’t do. Though, people throw around the phrase plastic surgery a lot in conversations about her. :-/

    • KC August 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM - Reply

      You took the words right out of my mouth. My boobs are more of a concern to me than my butt. With my butt, I can make it bigger with exercise… Not the same story with breasts. Nickels in a pair of socks, indeed. And I’m pretty young, too. 🙁

  4. TiaBia July 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM - Reply

    Plastic surgery doesn’t require one to work out…. IJS

  5. KrysN July 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM - Reply

    I understand her sentiment, sadly. My ‘girls’ were always the thing that set me apart. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I might’ve done the same thing she did), it wasn’t until they were gone that I realized I’m one of the ones that loses them as I lose weight. At least she does focus on her diet, though.

  6. Renea July 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    With as much plastic surgery, doctored photos, and quick fixes money can buy, I wouldn’t worry about working out either if I was Miss Minaj…

  7. Trina - Baby Shopaholic July 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM - Reply

    Her body is banging but I think she has had some work done to make up for her lack of working : ) IJS..

  8. Ericka July 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM - Reply

    I’d rather see a celebrity say that than say they lost 40 lbs in two weeks by drinking water and taking yoga (BTW, I love yoga, but you can’t lose 40 lbs in 2 weeks doing it). Now, I can put her in that box of, what works for her won’t work for me, and then look for a celebrity that can give me something I can use!

  9. Aptlife July 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM - Reply

    She’s not worried about her booty because she supposedly had work done. Not knocking her for it, but she’s probably confident that it won’t go anywhere.

  10. Coletha July 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM - Reply

    She has had breast and butt implants. If you google her there are articles and before and after pictures….She is not a role model. Nothing she says makes sense….I am sure she has had more work done too

  11. Bezzymates July 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    A nip and a tuck and she’s good to go!

  12. Mounia July 29, 2013 at 5:56 PM - Reply

    Lucky her for being born pretty much perfect.

    I’m battling a sugar addiction over here, and i still don’t have full control of my diet yet,it seems like i can’t seem the find the perfect balance meal,as soon as i see some money erika,I’m getting your meal plans,cause screw this.

  13. Kami July 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM - Reply

    Sugar is the devil. Most people talk about giving up sugar in the quest for the ” perfect body”. Diet is a key element. I hope her message does not deter people from working out. People are easily influenced especially young girls. I can hear it now Nicki does not work out and she is skinny!!! Sigh
    Please keep a tally on celebrities who cut out sugar that would be interesting.

  14. Ebony July 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM - Reply

    I guess it’s cool that she doesn’t workout. However, we all know what happens when you just don’t. Not even an evening stroll a few times a week.
    Then again, if she has a very active life and eats well. Then, *shrugs*.
    Plus, plastic surgery is easier than doing a few sets of squats for her.

  15. Ebony July 29, 2013 at 7:32 PM - Reply

    Btw, I NEED that corset!

  16. Robyn Donaldson July 29, 2013 at 9:02 PM - Reply

    I agree, youth and Hollywood have a much different weight and fitness expectation that the average person. I’ve learned through my experience, I don’t want to just lose weight, but I also want to be strong and fit. Nicki is young, I think her tune may change as she grows older and her metabolism changes. Or, maybe since she tours a lot she stays in shape dancing.

  17. Ceej July 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM - Reply

    If she’s dancing in a video or on stage, she’s getting a workout, whether she realizes it or not. when i was in my 20s and a dancer i would never say “i work out” even though I was dancing/rehearsing 8+ hours each day. it wasn’t a workout to me because i wasn’t in a gym, on the treadmill, or deliberately going to work out. i was just rehearsing for a show. So I assume her definition of “working out” is not “moving her body” but “hitting the gym”.

  18. True July 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM - Reply

    O_o doesn’t work out? lol. alrighty then.

  19. FairyGlammother (@GlitteryGlossy) July 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM - Reply

    I really dont think it’s cool to NOT workout. Being active is not just important for weight loss, it’s also important for so many reasons, weight loss is not even a top 5 reason (duh right?). But I guess when a plastic surgeon is your weight loss method… with a sprinkle of photoshop… yeah… ok bye

  20. KiAgainstDWorld July 30, 2013 at 4:13 AM - Reply

    I never knew there was a concern with losing breasts you paid for. You learn something new every day.
    She’s REALLY got to stop doing this. Too many parents are allowing their daughters to look up to her for her to keep telling these lies.

  21. Reve July 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM - Reply

    In addition to everyone’s else comments about the reasons she doesn’t work out, if she has an active, busy lifestyle she may not need “workouts” on top of that. She’s not exactly working a 9 – 5 cubicle job. When I lived in a very walkable city in Europe, I didn’t workout but I walked 35+ miles any given week just living my life.

  22. Evon Barnes July 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM - Reply

    1. Nicki has had PLENTY of work done to get that body. 2. She also is part of an industry which encourages bulemia, and drug inducing- from B12 shots to surgery, shots & pills for weight loss, weight gain, etc.

  23. Ms Lola August 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM - Reply

    it’s my understanding that when one is partially made of plastic, one may not actually have to work out to achieve the desired result, it is my understanding that this is left to the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, and besides with all that plastic bouncing around I can’t imagine she would enjoy the process very much..so give up sugar it is then.. sounds about right

  24. Eni August 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM - Reply

    yeah, i’m just going to assume that she means she doesn’t put in a ton of work at the gym. i exercise at home pretty regularly and i haven’t lost the breasts or the booty, as far as i can tell, anyway…

    and as far as food restrictions go, portion control and moderation without cutting things out completely have helped me lose almost 20 pounds in the past year. i recently cut out red meat but not really for the sake of losing weight. different strokes, i guess.

  25. Tiffany August 4, 2013 at 3:29 PM - Reply

    Yeah boobs are my issue. I can shape a butt working out…but ummm boobs, once they’re gone, then up next is surgery!!!

  26. Charlie J. August 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM - Reply

    HA! I doubt this is a matter of being young with a fast metabolism. I’m thirteen and I can’t not work out and eat a little less and expect my thighs to not look dimply. Please darling, spare me. Look at her arms. They are flawless.

  27. christine August 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM - Reply

    Yawns and turns page lol..She’s probably telling the truth about not working out..I mean if we had someone cook for us and didn’t have to deal with “real world” problems we probably wouldn’t have to go hard in the gym either..I enjoy it, that hour on the treadmill takes me to far away places

  28. Bdiamond August 18, 2013 at 8:43 AM - Reply

    Guys just do what works for you. Cutting out sugar n carbs helps. Moderation is important too. I love you Nikki do your thing even if you had everything done you worked hard to make it happen haters will always hate.

  29. Erika December 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM - Reply

    In all seriousness: Why workout when you have a plastic surgeon on speed dial and photoshop as your best friend?

    I really put celebs on the back burner when they discuss fitness. They have resources that some of us dream about. I love to see everyday people discuss fitness topics and trends, but when celebs enter the arena, its never a fair insight on the matter.

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