Most of us know her as Cardi B, the 25 year-old rising star is slowly taking over the music industry and the internet. Of course, her life is an open book and she has millions of followers who get updates on almost everything she does. Why do I say everything? Well, she recently underwent a vaginal lasering procedure. This is not something that celebrities like Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly would have shared. But, Guess what, she did share with her millions of followers.
Now, did you know that Cardi B isn’t her real name? And, did you also know that up until she was 25 she didn’t know how to drive yet she owned a fleet of high-end cars? Also, are you aware that she once worked as a cashier earning just $250/week? Okurrr, we will walk you through 12 things you didn’t know about Cardi B. Grab warm coffee and read on!
#1. Her Real Name isn’t Cardi B
Although some of her fans are already aware of this fact, most are still wallowing in the darkness. Well, to clear the air, Cardi B’s real name is Belcalis Almanzar. Her unique names paint the diversity of her history and how complex her childhood must have been. Although the two names are Spanish, they are translations of some Arabic words which hold a much deeper meaning. For instance, the first name Belcalis is considered a reference to Queen Sheba. And, the second name Almanzar is an Arabic translation which means a “watchtower” or a “point of lookout”. Now you understand how her names must be an inspiration to her hard work in the music industry!
#2. Cardi B is the short form of Bacardi
In a talk show with Jimmy Fallon, Cardi B admitted that her stage name isn’t s short form of her birth name Belcalis. Instead, the name originates from a childhood nickname Bacardi which she got from her friends. She also said that he sister’s nickname was Hennessey so people started calling her Bacardi (the rum). Later in life, she changed the nickname to Cardi B. If you thought Cardi B is just a name from the blues, now you have the truth. Whether they were given these alcoholic names because they loved drinking or not is a topic for another day!
#3. She was born in South Bronx
Contrary to her current high-end lifestyle, Cardi B was born and brought up in South Bronx. South Bronx is viewed with a bit of negativity due to the many stories of crime. Just like most rappers from this area, Cardi B says that she’s proud of her roots. In fact, she once told AM New York that she wouldn’t be able to rap the way she does if she hadn’t grown up in this area.
#4. She is still dating Offset as of now
In her recent visit to the esthetician’s office for that lasering procedure, she was accompanied by Offset. This sent tongues wagging with most of her fans questioning the reason behind the whole thing. Of course, the two had been apart for a while after Offset’s alleged affair. So, when fans saw them together during the lasering, they had a notion that she was doing it to keep Offset around.
Some people went to the extent of warning her that he’d still cheat again regardless of her efforts. Perhaps the twist of the whole ordeal came with her response. She took to her twitter account and stated “I just think is not going to make me feel like I have a mink coat down there, Nothin to do with a man Goddam” In a jiffy, she was categorical that she was doing it for herself and not for her boyfriend. Either way, Offset is still her boyfriend.
#5. She once worked as a cashier
You might think Cardi B slide into fame immediately she could sing. On the contrary, her success story is quite interesting. She started off as a cashier at Amish Market which is in TriBeCa. Back then, she was just earning a basic salary and did not have the fame she has today. The twists and turns of her life are a perfect recipe for an interesting success story. Imagine she was working for $250/weekly which is just a drop in the ocean compared to what she earns now.
#6. She was a stripper at 19
After she was fired as a cashier at the Amish Market, Cardi had to look for other oppoprtunities. Given her good looks and nice body, the manager suggested that she becomes a stripper. At that time, she was just 19 but she had to take up the opportunity. So, after deliberation, the rapper joined the New York Dolls which is one of the biggest stripper clubs. That’s where she learnt most of her dance moves which she uses in her videos lately. I bet you can see how a journey of 1000 miles started with a single stride.
Some people may ask, did the mom approve of that arrangement? The simple answer is NO! In an interview with Khloé Kardashian, Cardi B admitted that she had to lie to her mom that she was babysitting when she was actually stripping to make some extra bucks. She lied to her mom that most of the white people wanted her to take care of their kids and she was making like $100 per day. ‘Oh my gosh, that’s amazing.'” Her mom said in response according to her confession during an interview.
The rapper also admitted that striping was a way of getting her off an abusive relationship. At that age of 19, she was already living with her boyfriend who was abusive. In her own words, she said, “I was living with my boyfriend who was beating my ass,”. That was a confession she made on an interview in 2016.
It is probably true that Cardi B feels proud of what she used to be, why? “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 said.
#7. She had her first plastic surgery at 19
While most musician get plastic surgery after hitting limelight, Cardi B admitted that she had her first plastic breast implants at the age of 19. She admits that she received some negative vibe for her indulgence in the vice but her hope was to make some extra bucks at that age. The money she made at that time is what she used to advance her musical career and she admits that it wasn’t a walk in the park. However, she made it, didn’t she? Right now, it doesn’t matter how she made her money back then, she already has enough.
#8. She owns cars but didn’t have a driving license
This is a rather ironical fact. Cardi B admitted that she owns a fleet of cars but didn’t even have a driving license neither did she known how to drive at 25. When she recently flaunted her fleet of high-end cars on an Instagram post, she captioned, “I don’t even have a f*cking license,” She also added “How do you expect me to know how to drive when I’ve taken the train my whole life?” When she appeared at James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and was unable to drive, she was asked why she has so many cars yet she can’t drive. She clearly stated that she’d feel like an imposter if she raped about cars she didn’t own. So, it seems her cars are for her music business!
#9 She starred in the reality show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta:
I am not such a staunch follower of upcoming artists so I must admit that I first recognized Cardi B’s talent when she appeared on the show Love and Hip Hop (season 6&7). It was and still is my favorite reality show. When she came to the show and pulled her extra-ordinary stunts, she caught people’s attention and it tends to believe the show plunged her to the limelight then she grabbed the opportunity and made a name for herself. Of course, some people might think otherwise but we all agree that the show was a major stepping stone for her career. If you haven’t watched the show, make sure you check it out.
#10. She has a litter sister named Hennessy
This might have been pointed out earlier while we were discussing the origin of her nick name Cardi B. The sisterly bond that’s very strong and you’d hardly see Cardi at an award show without Hennessy. She is a low-key media star who has also built up her social media following throughout the years. She has an Instagram following of 2.6 million people and she also enjoys a massive fan base on other social media platforms.
#11. She loves fast foods
On a video she posed on her Instagram account, Cardi show confesses to loving MacDonald’s and she also shows unrivaled excitement after she received a gift card to have food at the Golden arches which is a fast food joint. Lately, she admitted that she’s been craving too much for junk food that she has to banned herself from having it.
#12. Her album “Invasion of Privacy” mentions Beyoncé
Although her role model and all-time idol is Madonna, Cardi B mentioned the name Beyoncé four times in her album. On calculation, it was estimated that she mentioned Beyoncé after every 12 minutes. This led to her confession that just like most young ladies, she is a huge fan of Beyoncé and her music.
Of course, she also sent shout outs to other female artists throughout the entire album. Some of the female artists include Rihanna, TLC and Tina Turner. However, what was conspicuous was how often the name Beyoncé featured.
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She might be your favorite star, but I’m sure you must have come across a thing or two you did not know about her. Perhaps knowing where Cardi B comes from makes you relate with her and understand more about her previous struggles and the current lifestyle. Did I even mention that her dentist admitted that his business was booming after she mentioned him on a post? Well, now you know!