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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.

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Cardi B Explains Why She Turned Off ‘WAP’ When Her Daughter Walked Into the Room: ‘I Don’t Make Music For Kids’

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Cardi B Explains Why She Turned Off ‘WAP’ When Her Daughter Walked Into the Room: ‘I Don’t Make Music For Kids’

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Cardi B is tired of people criticizing her for the racy lyrics to “WAP”. On Monday, the Grammy-winning rapper defended herself against haters who called her out for turning off her multi-platinum song “WAP” when her daughter entered the room.

The drama started earlier this week when Cardi went viral for a recent livestream fail.

During the livestream, Cardi appeared to be having a great time, dancing and singing along to her hit single, but quickly turned the music off when she saw her two-year-old daughter, Kulture enter the room.

Cardi mumbled “No, no, no, no,” as she shut off the raunchy song. Then, she coyly took a sip of wine.

While some people found this incident funny (and relatable), there were a select few who didn’t.

Some haters took the video as an opportunity to call Cardi hypocritical for shielding her daughter from her own song while little kids around the world are being exposed to the NSFW lyrics.

“So ya daughter cant listen to it but everybody else’s daughter can @iamcardib?” wrote an infuriated Twitter user. “AW OKAY! Exactly what I been saying you have an agenda to push with that trash ass label your with. DISGUSTING”.

Cardi didn’t waste any time defending herself. “Ya needs to stop with this already!” Cardi wrote back. “I’m not Jojo Siwa! I don’t make music for kids, I make music for adults. Parents are responsible on what their children listen to or see. I’m a very sexual person but not around my child, just like every other parent should be.”

Cardi then went on to defend the right for mothers to be sexual while also being maternal when they want to be.

“There’s moms who are strippers. Pop pussy, twerk all night for entertainment,” she wrote. “Does that mean they do it around their kids? No! Stop making this a debate. It’s pretty much common sense.”

While some users still felt the need to drag Cardi (haters gonna hate), many of her fans came to her defense, calling out the double standards that Cardi faces as a female rapper.

“It’s always the female artist getting critique,” wrote one Twitter user. “Why people don’t talk about all the disgusting music some men be putting out?”

“This!!!” wrote another user. “Like @Eminem literally has multiple songs about murdering people but no one bats an eye about that but because it’s a female talking about her wet [cat emoji] people jump to conclusions.”

It looks like the controversy surrounding “WAP” isn’t ending any time soon. And hey, if Cardi’s motive behind the song was to spark controversy, she very much succeeded in that goal.

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Cardi B Has New Beef And This Time It’s With Peppa The Pig

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Cardi B Has New Beef And This Time It’s With Peppa The Pig

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By now we’re all probably used to hearing about Cardi B’s drama and it takes a lot to surprise us anymore. But I think few of us would have expected the latest celebrity feud that Cardi would get into.

The “WAP” raptress was recently lamenting about the trials and tribulations of the motherhood when she straight up put Peppa the Pig on blast. Apparently, daughter Kulture has been getting into the hit kids TV show and getting a few new habits that mom Cardi just can’t deal with.

Cardi B puts Peppa the Pig on blast for influencing Kulture in surprising ways.

On Sunday night, rapper Cardi B hilariously announced that she’s has had enough of the pink animated character’s influence on her 2-year-old daughter Kulture’s behavior.

“My baby been watching peppa pig and now Everytime she sees a wetpuddle she wants to stomp on top of it,” Cardi B complained in a tweet, adding her daughter’s UGG boots were damaged. “Deum you peppa pig … COUNT YOUR F—IN DAYS!”

The threat lit up social media with many relating to the mud puddle drama that Peppa the Pig has inflicted upon families around the world.

Apprently, Peppa has a thing for muddy puddles and Kulture is picking up the habit.

Peppa has been known to say, “I love muddy puddles.” Her mom, Mummy Pig, does remind her to wear her boots — but in Kulture’s defense, she doesn’t specify that they should be waterproof.

Peppa’s influence reaches far and wide. She has 21 million YouTube subscribers and is a billion-dollar industry that includes movies, music, books, toys, and theme parks. Meeting Peppa “was like meeting the Pope,” one dad who took his daughter to Peppa Pig World in Hampshire, England, told The Guardian.

Many of her American and Canadian toddler fans have started speaking in a British accent or adopting British phrases after watching the show. There’s something very charming but slightly sinister about hearing a little kid who’s never left Ontario talking about their “swimming costume” or telling their parents to get “all this rubbish off the table.”

Peppa seems to have plenty of other parents on edge for the puddle love as well.

And it’s quite obvious from all the drama on social media that Cardi B isn’t the only parent to share these same feelings about Peppa. Her fans seemed to think the threat was pretty relatable, with one person replying, “Wait til she starts hanging up the phone like a savage,” along with a clip of Peppa.

“I thought I was the only parent struggling! My daughter swears I’m wrong for saying tomato. ‘nO mOmMy, iTs tA-MAHT-toe,’” #breasocool replied.

Another person responded that Peppa is a lot bigger than Cardi B probably thinks.

“Peppa big as hell,” @danigrilm_ replied with a picture of a website claiming the character is 7 feet 1 inch tall. “You might wanna rethink that.”

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