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*Nicki Minaj posed for GQ with poodles and opened up about the controversy surrounding her “Anaconda” music video and single.

The music video for the single is infamous for its explicit and provocative dance moves and sexuality — causing critics to blast Minaj for degrading women.

But she feels as though her song and its video (especially the video) empowered women and gave them the opportunity to take their power back.

“I don’t know what there is to really talk about… I’m being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video,” she said. “I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we’d be dancing with our friends.”

She added, “she [her character in the video] is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they’re good at and what they bought her and what they said to her. It’s just cheeky, like a funny story.”

Minaj claims the music video is actually about women having power and control over their relationships and sexuality — explaining why she chopped up a banana in one scene and grinds on Drake in another.

“[In the video] I’m chopping up the banana. Did you realize that? At first I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,'” she said.

She added, “yeah, that was important for us to show in the kitchen scene [before the Drake 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.”

Read more of Minaj’s feature story over at GQ.