The “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx” made the culture rap when she released “Bodak Yellow” over the summer. She turned around and made the culture celebrate after “Bodak Yellow” became the number one song in the United States.
October 7, 2017 will “foreva” be remembered as the day Cardi B became the first female rapper to have a number one single (without a feature) on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Lauyrn Hill. In the track, the 25-year-old rapper gave females and males alike something to bounce to as she talked about her expensive “bloody shoes.”
While several artist — Future, J-Lo, Kanye West, Drake, Ty Dolla Sign, etc. — have showed their appreciation for Christian Louboutin’s red-bottomed shoes, no one has ever done it quite like Cardi B. So when “Bodak Yellow” took over, some one had to bring it to the French designer’s attention.
Made in the ’90s
Though many people wear Louboutins, few know that his obsession with shoes began after a trip to Africa in the late ’70s. While visiting a museum there, he saw a sign disallowing women to wear high-heeled shoes in the building to prevent the floors from being ruined. The sign’s message imprinted in his mind. “I wanted to defy that,” Louboutin said later. “I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.”
Along with everything else good in the world, Red Bottoms were born in the ’90s. Christian’s brand was good enough to form a dedicated celebrity clientele… which is how the famed footwear found itself in Fabolous’ “You Be Killin Em,” Jeremih’s “Outta Control,” Jay-Z’s “I Know,” Jennifer Lopez’s “Louboutins,” and so many more.
Made for Cardi
After a friend played him Cardi’s hit single, Christian stayed semi-familiar with the Bronx rapper. “She has the hair like that?” he said, lifting his hands to his chin, after he was asked if he knew Cardi B. “She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song?”
Though he didn’t know “much more than that,” talking about the song made him feel a little nostalgic. “In a way, it comes back to some of my origins. The first shoes I ever designed were for showgirls, people on stage,” he said. The 54-year-old designer most likely doesn’t know the extent of Cardi’s showgirl-like history, but it is nice to know that her favorite shoes were technically made for her.
For anyone who is keeping score, Cardi is still winning.
Though her recent New Orleans performance was a bust because the promotor refused to pay her, she received tons of positive attention for still performing a few songs for her fans. “Now, the reason I came in is cause I love my fans. So, out of courtesy of me, I’m gonna perform two songs, ’cause I really love y’all,” the star said after minutes of ranting on stage.
Of course with a $500,000 engagement ring weighing heavy on her left hand, Cardi probably wasn’t too worried about the freebie. Her engagement to Migos’ Offset is still making headlines, shaming the haters who didn’t believe the couple’s relationship was real.
When a TMZ reporter caught the rapper walking to the private entrance of a club, he asked her what she had to say to those who doubt the validity of her engagement. In true Cardi fashion, she simply lifted her left hand. Moments later, when that same reporter caught Cardi’s fiancé Offset, he asked the same question. Offset nonchalantly responded “500,000.”
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