The story of Cinderella is a Western fairy tale, but in the age of Cardi B, it may be closer to the myths of “One Thousand and One Nights.” Cardi B is just a stage name – her real name is Belcalis Almanzar, which has Arabic words related to the Queen of Sheba. As for her nickname, Cardi is short for Bacardi, a type of rum. Her older sister was named after another brandy, Hennessy.
Cardi B, the famous rapper, has become a superstar in the music industry. In the Bronx district of New York City, there is a nail salon owned by Jenny Bui, a Vietnamese-American who is a close friend of Cardi B and a loyal customer. On the wall, there are two portraits: one of Marilyn Monroe, a legendary actress, and the other is a 2019 version of Marilyn – Cardi B. Jenny Bui noticed that Cardi B had a unique sense of style and predicted that she would become a rap superstar. Their friendship has lasted for almost a decade, since the days when Cardi struggled to make ends meet and came to the salon for affordable nail services. Cardi’s Instagram account has become an advertising platform for J. Bui nail salon, with over 16 million followers.
At the age of 26, Cardi B is proud of her life’s journey, which she often shares with women who come to the nail salon. She sees her life as a fairytale, where she started as a poor girl and overcame obstacles to become a successful and wealthy member of the entertainment world. However, Cardi also shares her struggles to maintain a peaceful and quiet life amidst the challenges that come with fame. Now, she has decided to prioritize her career, wealth, and newborn child over pleasing fans and worrying about rumors or relationships.
Cardi B’s life story is nothing short of a modern-day Cinderella tale. In a short amount of time, she has risen to fame and is now mentioned in the same breath as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. Her name is also associated with the adoration that young Cardi had for icons like Madonna and Beyonce. However, before her meteoric rise to fame, Cardi B’s life was a bit hazy, particularly during her teenage years. She was involved in gang activity and lived in the Bronx, where she sometimes had to work as a cashier at a grocery store for just $250 a week. One of the turning points in her life was when she worked as a stripper while lying to her mother that she was babysitting to make some money and escape her abusive boyfriend.
Her passion for music and dance led her to appear on the reality show VH1 Love Hip Hop: New York, where she began to make music mixes and gained attention. Soon enough, success followed, and she released her hit single “Bodak Yellow,” which quickly rose to the top of the charts. The song made history as it beat Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing” to become the first solo female rap artist to achieve a number one hit. With the release of her debut album Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B transformed into a princess from her previous Cinderella-like lifestyle, making headlines and breaking records. Many consider this album to be the best debut album by a female rapper since Lil’ Kim’s Hard Core in 1996. In 2019, Cardi B was the youngest person on Forbes’ list of the top 20 highest-earning hip-hop artists. She has won a Grammy, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and her music videos have received over 1 billion views on YouTube. This year, she received five Grammy nominations.
Cardi B, an Instagram sensation, has gained attention for discussing women’s issues from the perspective of a non-rich, black woman. She has now become a global superstar and has moved from New York to Atlanta. Her romantic relationships, marriage, having a child, and breakup with rapper Offset have become daily hot topics in the media. A scene of Cardi’s exposed breasts while breastfeeding her daughter in the “Money Money” video became a message for milk companies to encourage women to “breastfeed their children.” Cardi sacrificed a tour with Bruno Mars and career opportunities to take care of her child, which is rare for any music star to do. However, she now knows who she is, where she came from, and how to find a reasonable emotional balance with the presence of her child to cope with the delusions that success brings too quickly. In the past, Cardi’s emotions often dominated her actions. She was accused of attacking two female bartenders at a strip club and recently threw her shoe at Nicki Minaj at a Harper’s Bazaar event due to her explosive temper. On social media, as of 2019, Cardi B is still in the top 10 KOLs in the entertainment world, a post-Kardashian American superstar, and a master of creative selfies and videos dominating Instagram.