Cardi Promises to Be a Better Example: “I’m Gonna Change for You Little Girls”

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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 fiancรฉ 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 โ€” especially on the internet โ€” 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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