The 25-year-old has given us the perfect definition of feminism during fashion week.
When she’s not stealing our hearts as NYFW’s woman of the moment, sitting FROW in lime green suits at Christian Siriano’s show or sporting a black pleather turban at Alexander Wang, Cardi B is breaking down exactly what it means to be a feminist in 2018.
After becoming the first solo female rapper to earn the top sport on the Hot 100 in almost 19 years last year, the 25-year-old admitted she didn’t initially understand the significance of the accolade in the wider social context for women.
‘When I got to number one I didn’t even know that no woman has done that since 1998,’ she told i-D in an interview. ‘I didn’t know how important it was for the community or the minorities.’
Far from being ignorant to feminism and the struggles women face on a daily basis, the ‘Bodak Yellow’ star revealed her own take on feminism and it’s one we couldn’t agree with more.
‘Being a feminist is such a great thing and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that,’ she said.
But then some people are smart but they don’t have no common sense. They think feminism is great and only a woman that can speak properly, that has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only Michelle Obama can be a feminist.
For Cardi B, there are no limits – be it class or race – when it comes to being a feminist and fighting for equality.
I’m not trying to be this “ROLE MODEL” to these young girls because I’m very rated R and I’m not a perfect person.I wouldn’t want to change for nobody neither .I do however want to remind girls from any age that i was a young girl like them from the STREETS +MUD=BRONX where you dream big but it seems like dreams don’t come true .I want to let them know that dreams do come true with hard work and prayer! @i_d MAGAZINE
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‘Being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man,’ she explained.
‘Anything a man can do, I can do. I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.’
That she did.
Oh, and did we mention she’s also topped Beyoncé to become the first woman with five simultaneous top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in a single week since the list began in 1958?
However, despite her superstar status and collaborations with the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars, the New Yorker has previously admitted she preferred her life before fame and fortune.
In her cover interview for CR Fashion Book, the star admitted: ‘One negative thing is that, even though I’m happy, I feel like I was a little bit happier two or three years ago when I had less money.
I had less people who had opinions about my life. I felt like my life was mine. Now I feel like I don’t even own my life. I feel like the world owns me.
Let’s be clear, no one owns Cardi B.