Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (Nicki Minaj) is one of the most famous female music artists on the planet, amassing a net worth of around 100 million dollars as of 2022 .
Regarding her height, like some other artists, she generally appears shorter than average when performing on stage and also in her music videos, but by how much is up for debate.
So let's investigate her height through height comparisons to other celebs and also find out how her height ranks among the top-earning female rappers.
What's Her Real Height?
Nicki Minaj wakes in the morning around 5'2.25" (158.4 cm) tall, then drops down to 5'2" (157.5 cm) for the majority of the day, and goes to bed at her lowest height of 5'1.75" (156.8 cm) tall.
Nicki Minaj is listed at 5'2" (1.57 m) on IMDb
- In the song "**** U Silly" (recorded 2009) Nicki raps "I'm like 5'2 my SAT scores were high"
- When somebody mentioned Nicki as 5'2" on Instagram live it sparked a debate with people arguing over Nicki's real height as 5'2" or 5'3". Nicki stated "I’m not 5’2 I’m 5’3" and that she said 5'2" on the Cassie song "because it rhymed, duh", and later she simply wrote a "3" in the chat to indicate her height as 5'3".
- On Twitter in 2015 regarding Meek Mill she mentioned: "He 6'3 - I'm 5'3. How tall r u?" (1)
What Others Say
The New York Times (2) mentions that, "Minaj stands a bit over five feet tall" and that "Outfits carefully sewn to the measurements of a six-foot-tall model with hipbones like handlebars don’t fit a shapely-all-over woman".
She Appears Smaller in Person
In contrast to famous female singers, Nicki appears shorter in person than on TV.
Describing her physical appearance in person for an interview with marie claire (3), Nicki is described as: "At 5'3", the dominant rapper cuts a much smaller presence in person"
In another interview for Vogue (4), her physical appearance is described, saying "Once the rapper arrives, I can’t help but notice her height. She is quite petite; one of her security guards is practically twice her size."
Height VS Other Celebs
Let's compare Nicki's height to some other celebs to gain a better understanding of how tall she really is
Ariana Grande 5'0.5" (153.67cm)
Nicki and Ariana Grande sometimes appear close in height, but on closer inspection of footwear, it becomes obvious that Nicki is taller.
For instance, when performing "Bang Bang" on stage together at the iHeartRadio Festival in 2014, and also "Side To Side" at the MTV VMAs 2016, and at Coachella in 2019, in all of these examples they look very close in height, but Ariana is wearing heels that give a comfortable 1-1.5 inch height advantage.
This means that when compared to Ariana Grande, Nicki looks to be between 5'1.5"-5'2" tall.
Kim Kardashian 5'2" (157.5 cm)
In instances where Nicki is pictured with Kim Kardashian, they look pretty close in height, and either of them could be taller depending on the size of their heels.
For instance, at Elton John's Oscars party in 2013 Nicki is in platform heels giving her an inch height advantage over Kim, and looks to be around 1 inch taller. Another instance includes at the fashion Los Angeles awards in 2017, where Nicki has a slight footwear advantage and also looks slightly taller by half an inch.
So compared to Kim K, Nicki appears to be around 5'2" tall.
Tyga 5'7.5" (171.5 cm)
When Nicki and Tyga have been pictured together, he looks considerably taller than Nicki. For instance, at the BET awards 2021, Nicki is gaining over 4 inches of height from her heels, and Tyga is in 1 inch shoes and manages to look 2.5 inches taller than her. This puts her at around 5'1.5" tall.
Another example includes at the queen studio performing their song "dip" in 2018, where both are pictured together in sneakers, and Tyga looks a comfortable 5.5 inches taller than Nicki.
So when compared to Tyga, Nicki appears to be between 5'1.5"-5'2" tall.
The Results - When compared to other celebs, Nicki appears between 5'1.5"-5'2" tall.
Height Compared to Top-Earning Female Rappers
Let's compare Nicki's height to 9 other top-earning female rappers.
- Queen Latifah, estimated net worth 70 mill, height 5'9.75" (177.2 cm)
- Iggy Azalea, estimated net worth 15 mill, height 5'9.5" (176.5 cm)
- Eve, estimated net worth 10 mill, height 5'6.5" (168.9 cm)
- Sandra Denton, estimated net worth 15 mill, height 5'6" (167.6 cm)
- Cheryl James, estimated net worth 15 mill, height 5'4" (162.6 cm)
- M.I.A., estimated net worth 15 mill, height 5'4" (162.6 cm)
- Nicki Minaj, estimated net worth 100 mill, height 5'2" (157.5 cm)
- Missy Elliott, estimated net worth 50 mill, height 5'1" (154.9 cm)
- Cardi B, estimated net worth 40 mill, height 5'1 (154.9cm)
- Lil’ Kim, estimated net worth 20 mill, height 4'10" (147.3 cm)
- Nicki is the 7th out of 10th tallest on the chart, but her net worth is a clear winner!
- The average height of the list is 5'4.2" or 163 cm's, and Nicki is 2.2 inches shorter than this
- Nicki is 4 inches taller than the shortest rapper on the list (Lil Kim) and 7.75 inches shorter than the tallest person on the list (Queen Latifa)
The Bottom Line
After investigating Nicki Minaj's height through height comparisons and other interesting info, it becomes clear that she stands at 5'2" (157.5 cm) tall for the majority of the day.
Related Heights to Nicki Minaj
- Carol Maraj, Mother, 5'0" (152.4 cm)
- Robert Maraj (1956-2021), Father, 5'9 (175.3 cm)
- Kenneth Petty, Husband m.2019, 5'11" (180.3 cm)
- Lil Wayne, Good Friend, 5'5.5" (166.4 cm)
- Drake, Rapper, 5'11.5"(181.6 cm)
2: The New York Times Magazine: THE CULTURE ISSUE, The Passion of Nicki Minaj, By Vanessa Grigoriadis, Oct. 7, 2015
3: marie claire: Nicki Minaj Is Here to Slay, By Janet Mock, October 11, 2016
4: VOGUE: All Hail The Queen: Nicki Minaj Didn’t Come Here to Play, by MANUEL ARNAUT, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018