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A bunch of Cardi B-inspired graduation caps and what you need to make yours

Through the course of her fairly brief career in the spotlight, Cardi B has become a symbol of independence, bluntness, and belief in oneself. The Dominican and Trinidadian rapper has become a powerhouse of popular culture in the United States and globally. She has also long spoken out about the awesomeness of her Latino heritage (her full name, FYI, is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar). 

Her rise to fame is an example of the power of fan and Internet cultures: she was first made famous through YouTube and Vine videos, and then caught the attention of the powers that be and entered the musical and cultural mainstream. Her stage name, Cardi B, is a derivative of the rum brand Bacardi, a staple of Latin America). She has created a striking visual style that mixed kitsch with rapper culture. 

She is proud of her body and isn’t apologetic when showing it off in outfits some might consider over the top (but, seriously, can people just mind their own maldito business?)

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Cardi B’s unique personality has caught the attention of many Latina graduates who imprint her face on their caps and use some of her lyrics and quotes as quirky messages. What better way to face the future than to do it with a smile and a healthy dose of irony? The most used image is, of course, the iconic photograph of Cardi B defiantly sticking out her tongue (don’t you secretly wish you could do that every time a gringo makes an unintentional racist remark?). 

The superstar even acknowledged the existence of this increasing number of graduation caps on her Instagram!

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We are sure she was calling these girl “bitches” in a playful and not at all insulting way! (we just needed to clarify that before people start badmouthing her!). 

People immediately replied with photos of their caps

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The black glitter is just so flashy but follows the conventions of dark graduation regalia. We can almost hear Cardi B saying “Betta!” with that cute Bronx accent of hers. 

The day after tomorrow… the loans will be there waiting for you

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And what better way to face them than with Cardi B’s in-your-face attitude. After all, this is the woman who once said: “Knock me down 9 times, but I get up 10.”

Hagamos algo con nuestras vidas

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Think what you may of her, Cardi B has taken her life into her own hands. When she needed to get some money and some self-confidence she worked as a stripper, and when she wanted to change her life she started rapping and promoting her own work. So, as the cap says, you better not screw up the opportunities life throws at you. 

Sácale la lengua a la vida

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Even though she didn’t graduate from college (not yet at least, we are sure that is she put her mind to it she would!), Cardi B has certainly triumphed in life and her career has really taken off. By the way, of course, young men and gender diverse folk can also use Cardi B as graduation inspo, it is not just reserved to women. 

Here’s a girlier version… 

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This one is so cute, female power in da house! We love the big sunflowers. Awesome. Want some more inspiration? What about this great quote from our Cardi? “Do whatever you have to do. People always want to tell you how to do it. No, do it your way. And don’t ask for like oh how can you do it … do it, figure it out. I figured it out one way or another and I did it.”

Gloomy but funny

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One of the biggest worries of graduates is the debt they will walk into… mejor tomarlo con una dosis de humor

Take this, haters!

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Felicidades, Karlita, and show this to anyone who ever doubted you. Disfruta sus caras de what! Cardi B is all about smashing the glass ceiling put up by los hombres necios y mensos. She has said: “But being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. 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.”

Getting the D tonight!

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You dirty minds, we mean the DIPLOMA or the DEGREE, not what you were thinking

Yes, finally!

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We are sure that all of you siguen de malpensados… mentes cochinas. 

You go, girl…

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By the way, where can we buy that FU jacket Cardi B is wearing? She is as urban as it gets, she says: “I’m the rose that came from concrete.” Deep. 

Want to emulate and twist some of these designs? So this is some of the stuff you might need to decorate your cap!

Glitter, tons of it! 

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Yes, the word that comes to mind when we think of our girl Cardi B is “shinny”. She is over the top and… well, glittery. Just make sure that you cover your table with newspaper or an old tablecloth and that you have a vacuum cleaner at hand. Things can get really messy!  

Hairspray… yes, really! What a great hack! 

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Es en serio. Once you have glued glitter to your cap in the desired areas, apply two layers of hairspray (leave five minutes between them to let the first one dry). The hairspray makes the glitter stay in place. You wouldn’t want to leave a shiny trail behind you as you walk up the stage, would you?

Your mom’s old lace adornitos (just ask her first, porfis)

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Cardi B’s style is very eclectic. She pays homage to urban cultures and to her ethnic heritage, always with a touch of scandalous kitsch. She is sexy as well: that is why a piece of your mom’s or abuelita‘s old lace tablecloths work wonders in adding a touch of cheekiness to your graduation cap. 

Glow in the dark paint

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Just picture this: the after graduation party is going on, the lights go out and boom! your cap glows. Such a 90s-inspired and kitschy addition. Hell, yeah! You could even write one of the many Cardi B phrases that make her wise beyond her years. What about this one? “Remain humble but stay hungry.” 

That old San Marcos blanket

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Yes, we are not kidding, these blankets are a staple of Latino identity and a little piece of one would be a cute, kitsch and furry addition to your cap. Ask your abuelita for help.

Don’t wait. Get your mitú “Mamá didn’t raise no mensa” shirt to celebrate your success.

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Congratulations, everyone. You all deserve all of the best the future has to offer you.

Cardi B Went From Wearing Pasties On The Red Carpet To Fashion’s Top Designers. Here’s A Look Back On Her Style Journey

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Cardi B Went From Wearing Pasties On The Red Carpet To Fashion’s Top Designers. Here’s A Look Back On Her Style Journey

It’s hard not to look at Cardi B and absolutely revel in her career evolution. In the pace of four years, the Dominican-Trinidadian rapper has transformed herself from a learning-as-she-goes newbie to Queen Cardi B. While for most celebrities such a glow-up has led to changes in the way they choose to present themselves stylistically, this Bronx-born and raised Latina has used her style to affirm that she plans on remaining true to herself.

Here’s a look at Cardi B’s style evolution.

Early on, the hip-hop star followed the footpath of iconic female rappers.

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In September 2015, Cardi B attended The Blondes show in New York at Milk Studios for New York Fashion Week’s The Shows.

During an appearance, Cardi emulated the unapologetic aesthetic of queen rappers that came before her, particularly Lil’ Kim. In 1999, Kim was the hottest female rapper of her time. Similar to the purple sequined pasty she sported at the MTV awards show that year, Cardi dropped jaws while wearing pasties at a 2015 NYFW show. Lil’ Kim’s look remains one of today’s most talked-about red carpet outfits and has undoubtedly been paid tribute by Cardi multiple times.

The Bronx-born Latina embraced her curves with simple looks.

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In February 2016, Cardi attended Bronner Brothers as a TV personality for the International Beauty Show.

Two years have passed since she sported a revealing dress and baseball cap at the Georgia World Congress Center, still, it’s easy to imagine the rapper wearing a similar outfit today, just with a bit more flare.

Belcalis Almanzar soon started showing her success by flashing labels.

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In February 12, 2017, Cardi wore a white fur coat and a Gypsy dressy for Gypsy Show at New York Fashion Week.

Longtime fans of Cardi B know that the rapper has always had a love for labels. We didn’t need Bodak Yellow to learn that. Similar to Lil’ Kim’s looks and other Black female artists in her genre, Cardi B has come to show off her success and her own embrace of her sexuality with luxurious style flexing. The photo of her in a white fur coat came just a few days after she had signed a major record deal with Atlantic Records.

Then, she started upping the glitz and showed no plans of slowing down the showstopping.

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In March 2017, Cardi attended the Make Trap Great Again showcase at Stubb’s Bar-B-Que for the 2017 SXSW Conference And Festivals in Austin, Texas.

Just a month after nailing her big record deal with Atlantic Records, Cardi stepped out at SXSW festival wearing a low-cut gold dress. The revealing look is something Cardi B has shown no signs of backing away from, even now as she explores her passion for design and looks from different decades.

Once red carpet season was in full swing, Cardi established that she knows how to clean up.

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In September 14, 2017, Cardi B stunned in an off-shoulder Christian Siriano ball gown for Rihanna’s 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Fans watching Cardi B’s major Cinderella red carpet moment were quite literally stunned by the rapper’s transformation. The look rolled out a new understanding of her fashion diversity to fans and showed designers that there was more to her style than the BX street looks she’s famous for. The diamond-colored, conservative, floor-length gown played a stark contrast to the styles we’d come to know the artist for in previous years. The appearance was an alert to fashion designers around the world that the Latina’s eccentricity could give even royal’s a run for their money.

But she didn’t leave behind her signature money-moving and street swag.

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On October 6, 2017, Cardi performed during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida.

Just a few weeks after snatching breaths at Rihanna’s big bash, Belcalis stole the show at the BET Awards in an ox, mink, and ostrich intarsia coat by Christopher John Rogers Eddie. The bold number had the best of hip-hop stylists analyzing it as an ode to Lil’ Kim.

She may have started from the bottom but one thing she’s not changing on her way to the top is her trendy hair.

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On December 29, 2017, Cardi performed at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wearing a sheer leotard and blue locks, the rapper put on quite a show for fans at a performance in New Orleans. The ‘Velvet Blue Mink Full Lace Unit’ that flowed past Cardi’s shoulders were styled by Atlanta hairstylist Arrogant Tae.

Then Queen Cardi emerged to show us what regular, degular, shmegular looks like when it meets shwanky.

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On January 28, 2018, Cardi B attended the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In another gorgeous look, Cardi B revealed that the rapper life can be just as a graceful and elegant as a hip-hop artist wants to be.

When stepping out, the Latina rapper doesn’t shy away from her pelitos.

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On February 3, 2018, Cardi B attended the 2018 MAXIM party produced By Karma International in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sporting a look that plenty of Latinas know well, Cardi B stepped on to the red carpet of a Maxim party rocking a high ponytail and baby hairs. Once again proving that while her label game might have been elevated, Cardi B’s glow up is more about glam and career power and not at all about losing her roots.

She has continued her path of becoming an icon while showing up The Icons.

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On February 10, 2018, Cardi B sat front and center in a row with Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Molly Shannon, Brad Walsh, Jaimie Alexander and Sarah Rafferty while attending the Christian Siriano fashion show for New York Fashion Week.

Sitting among a row of some of the entertainment’s industry’s most famous style veterans, Cardi B stood out at the Christian Siriano fashion show while sporting a fur coat and sunnies, looking equal parts fly and opulent.

She has proved herself to be the ultimate award winner and fashion maven.

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On March 11, 2018, Cardi B accepts her award for Best New Artist onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, California.

Having quickly proven herself to be a fashion favorite for Christian Siriano, the rapper wore a burgundy tulle dress by the designer from his fall 2018 collection just weeks before the drop of her debut album. The playful dress turned out to be a perfect match for her exuberant acceptance speech and perhaps one of her most talked-about looks while rumors of her pregnancy were further stirred online.

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During the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Cardi B tore up the festival during her performance. But it was 90s R&B feels that truly caught our attention. Her slick all-white outfit paired with baggy pants and exquisite rizos was a look to vibe to.

Cardi B’s MET Gala outfit could literally inspire a new religion.

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For the 2018 Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” Cardi B showed up to the event looking bold and bodacious. The Dominican-Trinidadian Latina dove headfirst into the event’s theme with a dress by Jeremy Scott and a jeweled encrusted crown to match.

Cardi is proving to be one of fashion’s top players. We can’t wait to see what other fashion rules she continues to break and what other labels will fight to dress the Latina rapper from The Bronx.


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The Bernie Campaign Teamed Up With Cardi B To Talk About Police Brutality, DREAMers And Raising Wages

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The Bernie Campaign Teamed Up With Cardi B To Talk About Police Brutality, DREAMers And Raising Wages

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Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rapper Cardi B have been teasing their on-screen discussion on issues ranging from police brutality to canceling student debt for a few weeks now. Finally, the Sanders campaign published the video in all its nearly ten minutes of glory.

The two met at Detroit’s TEN nail bar, a deluxe nail salon founded and operated by two women of color. Cardi B came prepared with a list of questions that her own followers have brought up with her. In essence, Cardi B served as a representative of her fans’ political interests and brought them to a Presidential candidate to see if he would be the guy to officially represent their needs in the nation’s most meaningful capacity–as POTUS 2020.

Six weeks ago, Cardi asked her fans what they would want to hear Bernie Sanders discuss.

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On July 2, the rapper shared a video to Instagram telling her followers that her number one question to Bernie Sanders is about how to end police brutality in this country. “What would you like to ask? what change would you like to see in your community and in the USA 🇺🇸?” she posted. “2020 is getting very close let’s get familiar with who is running and how they can change the country! Put your questions down below and your questions may be answered very soon.”

Nobody expected she was actually going to sit down with Bernie Sanders and represent the Bardi Gang’s political issues.

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Hilariously, Sanders wiggled his fingers alongside Cardi B’s as he told us that, “Cardi B’s nails are juuuust a little different than mine. Our views on the issues are pretty similar.” 

Cardi B absolutely nailed it as an interviewer. She steered the conversation and truly represented her followers’ interests. She opened the video to remind everyone that, “A couple of weeks ago, I asked my followers what types of questions would you want to ask a Democratic candidate. Let’s go baby.” Here are the takeaways.

Number one: Cardi and Bernie’s shared goal is getting Trump out of office.

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“You know what I’m trying to do is I’m trying to advocate the youth in my community because I feel like there’s a serious problem right now in America,” Cardi opens. “We have this bully as a President and the only way to take him out is somebody winning.”

“We’ve got to get rid of Donald Trump, obviously. Because Donald Trump is an overt racist. He’s just way out there.”

The first question on Cardi’s mind is putting an end to police brutality in America. Bernie has a three-pronged plan.

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Cardi B got vulnerable and talked about the mental effects of what it’s like to “constantly see on social media police brutality against black men and against minorities. What are we going to do to change that, because that is discouraging our people? We constantly see our men getting killed every day, and it seems like nobody cares.”

Sanders wants to end the militarization of police departments, which he sees as a form of intimidation.

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To address police brutality, he wants the Department of Justice to investigate every police killing to ensure accountability and prevent local police departments from covering up crimes. He also wants to federally obligate police departments to “look like the community they serve” and “not like an oppressive army.” Sanders related to the “disgust” of seeing 1 in 4 young black men in the criminal justice system. His solution to that specific issue is to invest in free education instead of investing in prisons and incarceration. 

During his first week as President, Sanders will reinstate the executive order that gave protections to DREAMers, and he wants to extend those protections to their parents.

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Cardi had recalled meeting a fan who enrolled for protections under DACA and is now facing deportation back to Mexico–a place that he has no living memory of ever knowing. Bernie wants the 1.8 million young people who qualify for DACA to experience the freedoms of this country. When he said he wants to expand that program to their parents, Cardi did a little jiggle and let out a “Yeahhh!”

Bernie is going to raise taxes to allow free healthcare and education, but it will be cheaper on a day to day for Americans.

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“People are afraid to pay more taxes than they’re already paying,” Cardi rightly stated. Bernie’s plan to offer free health care for all will ultimately be cheaper for the overwhelming majority of people than paying for premiums, deductibles, and copayments.

Cardi B will never forget how hard it was to make a living wage before she found fame.

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Cardi B brought up how “certain people like to brag” about how there are more jobs in America, but she’s questioning the quality of these jobs. Why are her followers having to work two or three jobs to survive? Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

By placing a modest tax on Wall Street, Sanders plans to cancel student debt.

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Forty-five million Americans are living with student debt. Sanders knows that those of us in our 20s and 30s were told that we had to go to college to get a good job. Where the good jobs at? Our generation is far less likely to own homes and make financial progress in our lives. For the first time, our generation is worse off than the generation before it. 

Sanders has a message to Cardi B’s followers: “Trump doesn’t want people of color to be participating in the political process.”

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“Participate in the political process,” he tells POC. You can spend five minutes to register to vote here.

Watch the full interview below!

What do you think about Cardi B’s interview?

READ: Cardi B Claps Back At “Republicans And Conservatives” Who Want Her To Shut Up When It Comes To Politics

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