Love her or hate her, Belcalis Almanzar (Cardi B) is impressive. Opinions aside, the fact is that after “Bodak Yellow” hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, it made Cardi the first female rapper to do so with a single since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)”… in 1998.
Growing up, Cardi didn’t live in luxury like she and her fiancé Offset do now. The newly-engaged rapper had to earn it. Coming from the south Bronx area of New York, Cardi is the true definition of “started from the bottom.” When her star first began to rise she admitted to not only stripping to put herself through school (though she ultimately dropped out), but also being a gang banger.
Though her past is subject to much scrutiny now — especially on the internet — the star insists that everything she did, she did to better herself. She escaped the abusive relationship she was in, she escaped her low-income situation, and she escaped the stereotype that comes with a lot of reality television stars. Now the “What a Girl Likes” artist is on and influential.
Being as influential as celebrities are comes with a lot of responsibility and effort, especially for younger stars. When the-25-year-old realized that young girls look up to her, she made a vow to be better.
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Cardi is making the culture proud. While there are those who slam her for coming up the shady way (i.e. stripping), she has a huge following. So when the star posted a message to her “wittle ones,” it got over four million views.
“You know what y’all, I realized after Halloween that a lotta little girls… they be lookin’ up to me and they love me and whateva,” she began. “And it’s just like… I’m thinking to myself like ‘Yo, I really need to be a better example.'”
She then said that though she tries to keep it “PG-13,” her “hood rat frans” drag her back into the rated-R section. “But I’m gonna change for you little girls because I deadass love y’all,” she continued before calling her younger followers “so cute.”
Before anyone says Cardi isn’t making a difference, they should maybe look through her Instagram comments. Under her post, fans showered her with love. One, Instagram user badassyami, even checked another user for the “Lick” rapper, saying that everyone can learn something from Cardi.
@ashleeray she is a role model .. to me . I lived in the projects all my life… I have danced I have , Model ..never rap.. she has talent and because of her motivation and her Dominican culture and we Latin , The culture we strive in today I’m in Hollywood California working in Beverly Hills with money happy and in peace because I had to get out of the ghetto! Ok and I am 36 😉 … So Cardi is a role model for me… to keep taken this mutherf–ken Donald trump .. Money 💰… Let me live my Life now… thanks Cardi.. I be blasting the spanish remix everyday.. reminds me to get up every day Work, grind .. find happiness;) God first…
Regardless of whether Cardi inspires others to live their best life, she is for sure living hers. Cardi’s strive to be better for the kids comes merely days after Migos’ rapper Offset popped the question at Power 99 radio’s Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia. The “Bad and Boujee” rapper knelt down in front of thousands to present Cardi with an eight ct. diamond engagement ring.
Their engagement, which came hot on the heels of Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir’s wedding special with BET, threw fans and television networks alike into a frenzy. Mona Scott even sent some passive aggressive shade BET’s way after the black entertainment network tried to lay claim to Cardi and Offset’s wedding special. As of now though, neither Offset nor Cardi has responded to BET or VH1 about even wanting to film their big day at all.
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