UNBELIEVABLE: How Cardi B Revealed To Her Mom That She Was A Str!pper

𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒊 𝑩 has no shame about her former life as an exotic dancer, which she resorted to before reaching chart-topping stardom to escape an abusive relationship. In the April issue of Cosmopolitan, the rapper addressed why she’s open to speaking about her pole-dancing days: “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on… Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain,” she told the magazine.

Although the Grammy-nominated artist fully embraces her past, she confessed her mother wasn’t pleased with her means of making money back then. “When my mom found out I was a dancer, she was pretty upset,” Cardi revealed to drag queen Naomi Smalls in a video for Cosmpolitan.com. Her mom’s disapproval only pushed the Bronx-native to strive for more: “Me knowing that she used to hate it, it didn’t allow me to get comfortable with what I was doing.”

Cardi B, Fashion

𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒊 𝑩, Fashion


That hunger for more would eventually land her megahit “Bodak Yellow” at the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, making her the first female rapper without a featured act to nab the top spot since Lauryn Hill in 1998. Her breakout success continues to reach new heights as she prepares to tour with Grammy-winner Bruno Mars and collaborates with big-name artists like Ozuna and Jennifer Lopez. “When it came to music, at first, I wanted to make a lot of money, but then I was like ‘I kinda want the respect’,” she said. “[Now,] when I ask them if they want to collab with me, they’ll say yes. That’s the type of respect I wanted.”



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