Since you first came up, you've been very vocal about empowering other women and being a feminist. Why has that been so important to you?
I know that a lot of people think that we've reached a point of equality, but it's been proven, even more so in the past years since our president has been elected, that the equality levels are so far apart, and all women need a voice—all people need a voice. I believe in equality of humanity, equality of all things on this earth, animal rights. It's very important for women to have a voice, to feel comfortable, to feel safe, to feel like their needs are being met at a minimal base. Even in the most minimal way, women still feel like they are in jeopardy every single day. I wish that we lived in a world where it was just a little bit more fun to be a girl.
After the Women's March, there were a lot of conversations about the importance of intersectionality and the problems with white feminism.
I think that all segregation is bad segregation, whether it's segregation of sexes, segregation of race, segregation of identity, whatever you identify as. I think that sometimes as humans we categorize ourselves for comfort. It's probably a nice thing to feel like you're around people who are just like you. But to cast out people who aren't like you is 100 percent wrong. I think girl hate is the stupidest thing ever. It makes me so angry when I see other girls hate on each other, whether it's about their eyebrows not being on fleek or their bodies aren't cute enough. Stop slut-shaming, because regardless of what you think a woman should be doing with her body, it's not yours. Just love each other. It really is the only answer.
Everyone has been talking about the Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj beef. How do you feel about it?
It's definitely a difficult topic because as a hip hop enthusiast, I love hip hop beef, but at the same time, I think what they're fighting about is so idiotic. There can be more than one rap queen. There can be more than one rap king, and I think that that's been proven. Why is it possible for so many men to coexist in hip-hop, but it's so difficult for women to coexist in hip-hop? Why are women always compared to each other rather than just being themselves in their own lane?
I think that that's the most important message. Why is it that this beef is so much particularly more important than any other beef that's going on? Completely different artists, completely different types of music, completely different markets... It's been noted that they're not the same rapper and they're not going bar for bar in the same way, but everyone's expecting Nicki to come back with a Remy Ma verse, not a Nicki verse. I think that it's stupid.
How do you feel about the commercialization of feminism?
I think that it's beautiful when anything is commercialized because it means that it's gotten to the masses. However, I think that there needs to be a little bit of reform in the messages that we're giving young girls. I don't think that "don't slut-shame" means walk around naked. You're not allowed to walk around naked. I think that the message is "be who you authentically are." I think that's the only message we should give to girls. I was reading this thing on Instagram the other day, and it was about the types of bras you wear and what it means about you, and I was like, "What about girls who don't wear bras?" I mean, I don't wear bras. I'm not wearing a bra right now.
I think it's stupid when we put ourselves in these categories like "I'm a feminist, so I hate men and flower power and I wear pink all the time because pink is the feminist color and I'm more awesome than you because I'm a feminist." Feminism doesn't mean you grow out your armpit hair and it doesn't mean you don't shave, and maybe it does. It doesn't mean you're a lesbian and it might mean you're a lesbian. It's not like a T-shirt you put on every day. It's not a fashion trend. It's literally a movement of women who believe in female rights. I think people forget that all the time. Feminism is about fighting for equal rights; it's not a lifestyle at all.