Cardi Saved $35k in Singles By the Time She Was 22, And Other Things You Should Know About Cardi B Before She Made It
There’s no question that Cardi B is the hardest working bruja out there and you either love her or hate her. Cardi B has the true rags to riches story and she didn’t wait for a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. She made money move on her own right.
While Cardi B is totally open about her life–when she’s tired, gassy and hungry–on social media, she’s professionally made up almost all the time for work. Before Cardi B got famous (and before she deleted and reopened her Instagram account), she was just as open about her life. Here’s all the throwbacks and facts about pre-famous Cardi B to inspire you through your dreams.
Today, the 26-year-old is a spokesperson for Pepsi.
Which is kind of a huge deal. She’s in the same ranks of icons like Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.
But before she was Cardi B, she was Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar.
Her nickname growing up was “Bacardi,” possibly because she was a fan of the rum. That got shortened to “Cardi B” and the rest is history.
Her father, Carlos, brings the Dominican out in her.
She also has six half-siblings from her father’s side. Her parents split up when she was ten years old.
Her mother is Afro-Trinidadian.
Cardi and her sister, Hennessy grew up in the Highbridge barrio of the South Bronx. They spent a lot of their time with their paternal abuelo in Washington Heights.
Her sister was named after the rum their dad was drinking on the way to the hospital where she was born.
The two are tight. Hennessy identifies as queer and is married. Cardi has spoken out in support of the LGBT community (and her sister).
The two were raised Catholic and Cardi has credits God for the guidance in her life.
You’ll see it on her Instagram profile to this day: “GOD IS GREAT 🙏🏼”
Cardi joined the Bloods when she was 16 years old.
People started calling her a poser, so she went to Twitter in 2017 to proudly admit that she was for real in the infamous gang. Since then, she’s made it super clear that she doesn’t encourage anyone joining gangs.
Her first job was at a supermarket in Lower Manhattan.
Her manager of several years fired her and told her she should just become a stripper. Her next thought must have been “damn straight.”
Cardi started stripping at 19 years old and credits it with “saving her life.”
She was in an abusive relationship and was looking for financial independence to get out. She’s her own knight in shining armor.
There are rumors that Sheck Wes was abusive to Cardi B when they were dating.
This picture of the two before they both got famous. One woman accused Sheck Wes of stalking and attacking her and her friends, and he’s denied the allegations.
Cardi was able to save $35,000 in singles by the time she was 22 years old.
Cardi has made it super clear that she turned to stripping to get out of poverty. It was a decision made out of a desperation she doesn’t wish on anyone, but it saved her life.
After she started stripping, she was able to afford to go back to school.
Though she admits that she had trouble in school as a kid because she couldn’t stop telling jokes. Still, the money got her through community college for a few years.
She’s super open about the plastic surgery she had to elevate her stripping career.
Cardi has said that she didn’t think people went to strip clubs to see people “who walked off the street.” We all already know: “The only thing fake is the boobs.”
Cardi has opened up about a very painful, illegal experience getting a basement ‘Brazilian butt lift.’
This surgery is named the most fatal surgery in America, and Cardi had it done in a basement without any anesthesia. She passed out from the pain. When she went back for more, she found out that someone had died on the table the week before and the woman selling the injections was in jail for manslaughter.
Cardi retired ‘early’ from stripping for her next venture into Love & Hip Hop.
She had planned to retire from stripping when she was 25 years old, but retired early for her next professional gig, Love & Hip Hop.
She used the money from LHH to “fix her teeth”.
She said it cost about the same as a luxury size SUV, but that it was real worth it. This image is her showing off her pearly whites on an Instagram story from back in the day.
Cardi’s been going to Nails on 7th since she was a teenager.
She still goes there to get her nails done to this day, and her fame has made business boom for the women-owned nail salon.
Cardi’s been educating people on what it means to be Afro-Latina since the get-go.
In an interview with Zendaya in CR Fashion Book, Cardi opened up about her frustrations with public ignorance:
“We are Caribbean people […] Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I feel like people need to understand or get a passport and travel. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it. When my father taught me about Caribbean countries, he told me that these Europeans took over our lands. That’s why we all speak different languages […] Just like everybody else, we came over here the same way. I hate when people try to take my roots from me. Because we know that there’s African roots inside of us…”
In just two years, Cardi went from a NYC stripper to $8 million net worth Grammy winner and mother.
We don’t care what you think about Cardi B, we are shipping her success, and all the music she’s giving the Latino community.
We’re over here waiting for Cardi to get her own reality TV show so she can dish it all.
Also. We need more Cardi memes in our life. Give us those throwbacks, Cardi!