Cardi B says being successful and being able to afford cosmetic surgery helped her overcome her childhood insecurities.
In an intimate chat with Mariah Carey for Interview magazine, Cardi, 28, talks about growing up in the Bronx and then her rise to fame which helped her transform her looks after years of being bullied.
‘I was also really skinny when I was younger, and in the Bronx, it’s about being thick and having an a**, so young boys would be like, “Look at your flat a**. You ain’t got no titties.” And it would make me feel so ugly and undeveloped.’ the WAP hitmaker tells Mariah.
Confidence: Cardi B talks about her path to stardom and overcoming childhood insecurities in chat with Mariah Carey for Interview magazine
Mariah, 50, asks Cardi if she feels vindicated now, after becoming a huge star and showing all her critics how far she’s come.
‘I feel so vindicated. Even when I was 18 and became a dancer, I had enough money to afford to buy boobs, so every insecurity that I felt about my breasts was gone.
‘When I was 20, I went to the urban strip club, and in the urban strip clubs, you had to have a big butt. So I felt insecure about that. It took me back to high school. So I got my a** done. And then I felt super confident.
‘When I was younger, I didn’t really know how to take care of my hair. So now I make my own hair mask and take care of my natural hair, and it makes me feel better, like what people were saying about me isn’t true. My hair was not bad because it was nappy. My hair was bad because I didn’t know how to take care of it.’
‘Young boys would be like, “Look at your flat a**. You ain’t got no titties.” And it would make me feel so ugly and undeveloped.’ the WAP hitmaker tells Mariah in the interview
Killer curves: Cardi looks incredible in a shoot by AB+DM and styled by Kollin Carter
Cardi looks incredible in a shoot by AB+DM and styled by Kollin Carter, stripping off and wearing some thigh-high gold boots in the ultra-sexy cover image.
Another shot shows the Bodak Yellow hitmaker wearing shimmering rope-style dress by Area Couture.
Cardi rocks a voluminous glossy brunette wig and rocks razor sharp gold talons as she strikes sultry poses.
In one photo the rap icon goes topless as she gets down on all fours wearing a net skirt.
‘I feel so vindicated. Even when I was 18 and became a dancer, I had enough money to afford to buy boobs, so every insecurity that I felt about my breasts was gone.’ Cardi explained
‘When I first entered the strip club, I was really shy. I felt really uncomfortable. I felt very ashamed.’ Cardi said of dancing for money when she was younger
She’s one of the most confident and outspoken female artists of the moment, but Cardi says when she started working in strip clubs, she was super nervous.
‘When I first entered the strip club, I was really shy. I felt really uncomfortable. I felt very ashamed. There were times when I was crying, like, “Oh my gosh, if my mom or my dad found out, they’d be so humiliated.”‘
But the rapper adds that when she started stripping, it wasn’t a stepping stone for her, but a means to get by.
‘But I needed the f***ing money. I was living with my boyfriend at the time, but he wasn’t doing s**t. I used to smoke weed back then, so I felt like weed was necessary.
‘I wanted money for weed and to move out. I just wanted enough money to rent a room. That’s how desperate I was to get the f**k out of the situation I was in.’
Cardi still gets attacks of shyness now she’s a star, as she admitted she would be awkward if she was meeting Mariah in person.
‘A lot of celebrities invite me to places, but I’m really shy. We’re doing this over the phone, but if it was in person, I wouldn’t be able to look you in the eyes. That’s how nervous I get around celebrities. And sometimes my head starts talking, like, “Oh my gosh, I look stupid, I feel stupid, I’m dumb.’
Bombshell: The rapper looks incredible as she goes nude apart from some gold thigh-high boots