Nicki Minaj. Picture: Instagram

International rapper Nicki Minaj has left her fans very confused after an excerpt of her ELLE Magazine interview where she claims it's "okay to keep your legs closed" was shared on social media. 

Her comments came as a shock to the Barbz and her casual fans, as the 'Only' hitmaker built her career on being sex-positive and empowering women to do whatever they want with their bodies.

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During the interview she also made reference to "modern-day prostitutes: She said:  "I didn't realise how many girls were modern-day prostitutes ... Whether you’re a stripper, or whether you’re an Instagram girl —these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer." 

Adding that her selling sex appeal is different from selling sex.

News of Minaj's newfound "know your worth" ideology comes days after the release of her promo single, "Rich Sex", on Monday — which includes lyrics such as "A-a-a** out, p***y fat, point me to a rich n**ga". 

Minaj also feels that she may have contributed to the influx of girls who "sell" sex appeal online.

The contradictory nature of her music and the interview set Twitterverse on fire, and many questioned if Minaj is going through an identity crisis.

Twitter user @SoualiganAmazon made a thread breaking down the problematic nature of the "Chun Li" hitmakers statements, emphasising that Minaj has centred her career around the male gaze when it came to sex-related things.