It’s been an eventful year for the Head Hottie In Charge, Megan Thee Stallion.
In January, she became the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill to receive the Best New Artist award at the Grammys, and in July she became the first MC to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Just a month later she won four BET Awards for tracks “Savage” featuring Beyonce and “WAP” featuring Cardi B.
The road to stardom hasn’t always been easy though. The ‘Hot Girl Summer’ star shared that her people-pleasing tendencies almost caused her to lose herself, but music ultimately helped her find her identity.
“I used to be a people-pleaser because I did want everyone to be happy,” Megan explained. “If you come around me, I always try to make sure everybody good. Before I was grown, I’m doing whatever my parents say. I’m doing things that make my parents happy. At school, I’m trying to figure out what’s going to make these kids stop bullying me. But when I started getting older, I started figuring out, everything that y’all asking me to do not make me happy.”
“It seems like I can never satisfy everybody,” she continued. “So then I started being like, ‘What do I like?’ I’m an only child, so I had a lot of time to spend by myself to think about it. I’m here by myself all day; what we gon’ do, Megan? That’s how I figured out I really do enjoy writing music. I love writing stories. I started living life for me.”
The artist’s abundance of success has led her to venture into other fields, including entrepreneurship. In her recent partnership with the Popeyes restaurant chain, Thee Stallion will become the first artist to own multiple Popeyes locations in addition to selling her very own “Hottie” sauce.
The 26-year-old is also graduating from Texas Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in health administration. She shared with Glamour her dream of opening assisted living facilities, something she grew passionate about after watching her mother and grandmother care for her great-great-grandmother. Meg sent a message of encouragement to all HBCU students pursuing a career in the health business world.
“Come and get your experience over here,” she said adding, “Generations taking care of generations, making people feel like they are still at home, still with their families.”