Megan Thee Stallion Becomes First Black Woman on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Cover

Since releasing her first single in 2016, Megan Thee Stallion has won a Grammy for Best New Artist, delivering the first female rap collaboration to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 and become a household name. She is now the first black woman to appear on the cover of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 issue.

“I can’t slow down right now,” the 27-year-old Houston resident told Forbes. ‘I’ll take a break when I’m dead. I’m really trying to build something. When I sit down, I feel like I’m not doing enough or that I’m giving someone else a chance to pass me.”

The business publication estimated that Megan, whose “WAP” hit with Cardi B had the biggest debut streaming week in history according to Billboard, will earn $13 million in 2022 from ticket sales, royalties, merchandise and endorsements. For Megan, the cover of Forbes is just as big.

“It’s really hard to be first in 2022, so ah!” Megan told Forbes. “I want to be bigger than just my music. I want people to know Megan as everything she ever wanted to be. Megan the artist. I feel like I’ve always enjoyed doing lots of different things.”

Megan speculated that she inherited that curiosity from her parents. She said her father “was a street kid” who had his own clothing line and her mother had a day job and then “would come home and write songs”. As for her urge to be bigger than her music, Megan already is.

Megan Thee Stallion spoke at the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Detroit in October.

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The rapper launched a website in September called “Bad Bitches Have Bad Days Too,” which directs visitors to therapy options, substance abuse and suicide hotlines, and resources from the LGBTQ community. The title came from the chorus of her single ‘Anxiety’ from 2022’s ‘Traumazine’.

“This album was very personal to me,” Megan told Forbes. “This is kind of the first time I’ve ever, you know, talked about things I feel or talked about things I’m going through. So it made me a little nervous writing a lot of these songs.

“It made me happy that the time I decided to be vulnerable and talk about something I was going through, it was one of the favorites of all my fans. OK to not be OK and it’s OK to tell y’all that I’m not OK,” she later added.

Forbes, noting that Megan has deals with Nike, Popeyes, Revlon, Cash App, Netflix and Time Inc., reported that the latter is “paying her $3 million to make a documentary about her life.” With Megan saying she just wants to be “a mom” and “a good woman,” it’s sure to be inspiring.

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