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?)
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!
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
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
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
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
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…
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
One of the biggest worries of graduates is the debt they will walk into… mejor tomarlo con una dosis de humor.
Take this, haters!
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!
You dirty minds, we mean the DIPLOMA or the DEGREE, not what you were thinking.
We are sure that all of you siguen de malpensados… mentes cochinas.
You go, girl…
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!
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!
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)
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
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
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.
Congratulations, everyone. You all deserve all of the best the future has to offer you.
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