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Minaj tells Vogue.com, "I know that a lot of my fans are young and I know I have the power to influence and inspire them by my own actions. I thought that if I got involved in a cause that I felt was important, then maybe they would take the time to research it and find ways they could get involved and make a difference. It’s good to shine a positive light."

The hip-hop sensation is eager to do her bit to become more environmentally-friendly by shunning big, heavy vehicles for more fuel-efficient travel options, and she insists gas guzzlers would be banned if she had her way.

She says, "I think there are a lot of things we could be doing better. I know when I see one of those big, gas-guzzling cars on the road, I cringe because I can’t help but think of all the more efficient alternatives.

"You don’t need that kind of car. So maybe that would be my rule, that people have to drive cars that are more environmentally responsible."