Megan Thee Stallion knew when she was 7 that she loved rapping, but she didn't tell her mother, who was also a rapper -- she waited until she was an adult to share her aspirations.
Megan, who became the first rapper to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit this year, talked with supermodel Tyra Banks, who was the first Black woman to land the solo cover in 1997, in a hot tub interview about the impact of their visibility and being "the first." But the 26-year-old artist didn't know at first what she wanted to do when she grew up until she found inspiration from watching rap music videos.
"I would look at music videos, and I would see the girls in the videos, and I'm not even looking at the rapper," she admitted. "I'm looking at the girls in the videos. And I'm like, 'Girl, look at her moving.' So I'm in front of the TV. [Laughs] I'm in front of the TV like, 'Yes! I could do this!' And then I started figuring out, 'No, wait, I want to talk. I want to be the person who is giving the call to action. I want to be the person who is saying these words.' So I'm, like, I don't know what I want to do when I grow up, but I knew I wanted to entertain everybody."