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Cardi B Sings A Camilo Sesto Song Reminding Us His Legendary Music Transcends Generations And Genres

Cardi B took to social media to do a brief musical tribute to the late Spanish artist Camilo Sesto on Monday. The singer and songwriter, who has been a beloved musical staple in the Spanish-speaking world since the 1970s, passed away this weekend.

Born Camilo Blanes Cortés in Alcoy, Spain, Sesto has sold over 180 million records worldwide over the span of his 40-year career. Known for his romantic rock ballads, Sesto succumbed to heart failure on Sunday. He was 72 years old. Celebrities and fans alike mourned the loss of the artist on social media. However, it was Cardi’s tribute that left a few baffled.

Cardi B pays homage to Camilo Sesto.

The “Money” rapper took to her Instagram stories to share a selfie video of herself lip-syncing to Sesto’s song “Jamas.” While Cardi is of Dominican heritage, it is not uncommon for there to be cultural diffusion in the Spanish-speaking world. Our tíos and tías make sure of it. 

However, Sesto recorded songs in multiple languages including English, Catalan, Italian, German, Japanese, and Portuguese. So you shouldn’t be too surprised to hear anyone referencing his music. The man had global appeal if there was ever a word for it. 

A Latin legend passes away at 72 years old.

“Queridos amigos & amigas. Lamentamos mucho comunicaros que nuestro gran y querido artista Camilo Sesto nos acaba de dejar. Descanse en paz,” Sesto’s management announced on Twitter.

Translation: “Our dear friends, we are very sorry to inform you that our great and dear artist Camilo Sesto has just left us. Rest In Peace.”

Sesto’s manager, Eduardo Guervós, confirmed the artist’s death to Spanish public broadcaster TVE. Sesto died in a Madrid hospital after experiencing two heart attacks. The death came as a shock to fans as the 72-year-old was just 8 days away from his next birthday, had an album set for release this week, and planned to embark on a tour in the United States this October. 

In 2003, Sesto survived a liver transplant and stunned fans with his comeback album Alma. In 2011, he was awarded the “Highest Hispanic Pride” medal in Las Vegas in which the day was declared Camilo Sesto’s Day in Nevada.

A 40-year legacy left behind.

Sesto came to prominence in the 1970s and has been prolific ever since. The singer-songwriter has released 20 albums, written songs for prominent artists such as Ángela Carrasco, Miguel Bosé, Lucía Méndez, Charytín Goyco and José José. A pioneer in Spanish-language rock ballads, his music would even influence rock icons such as The Beatles. 

His hits included the songs Algo de mí,” ”Perdóname,” and “Melina.” Sesto was also an actor who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Spanish version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. 

Fans had a mixed reaction to Cardi’s homage.

“Cardi B singing Camilo Sesto songs on IG stories – she’s just a Latina mom like the rest of our moms haha,” one user wrote.

Other fans were baffled that Cardi was a fan of the late singer’s, joking that we must live in some kind of simulation or alternate reality. 

Translation: “Cardi B listening to Camilo Sesto, we definitely live in a simulation,” another user joked.

“After seeing Cardi B singing songs of Camilo Sesto, the day can only get worse,” another person said.

Cardi wasn’t the only one to honor Sesto’s memory.

“With his genuine voice, as an interpreter and composer, he managed to be one of the most beloved and universal artists. Spain and all Latin America lament the loss of Camilo Sesto,” Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted about the loss of the legendary artist. “A hug to his family and the world of music. His melodies will always be part of our memory.”

Antonio Banderas joined in those mourning the loss of this mega star.

“From ‘I can no longer’ to the rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, he [Camilo Sesto] leaves us many emblematic songs that make up the soundtrack of our lives and time can not take that away,” the actor Antonio Banderas tweeted. 

He even had a writer for the LA Times commemorate his successes.

“Back in the 80s, the women in my family shed many tears listening to the legendary Camilo Sesto. His music was a love song to all the precious things they left behind in Central America,” wrote Esmeralda Bermudez, a writer for the Los Angeles Times

Sometimes we underestimate the reach of Spanish-speaking artists. Perhaps, it is how America continues to trap us in a bottle. Not all art may make it into the mainstream cultural zeitgeist of the United States, but that doesn’t mean hundreds of millions of people don’t adore it. Sometimes it’s the massive hole a loss leaves behind that illuminates just how impactful Latin culture is. 

Cardi B Waxed Her Bikini Line With Veet And Shared It On Instagram

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Cardi B Waxed Her Bikini Line With Veet And Shared It On Instagram

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It’s tough times everywhere. And by everywhere I mean everywhere.

On top of everything, the current pandemic has kept so many of us away from our regular beauty treatments which has meant that for months so many of us have had to do without the very personal waxes and hair removal prosses that we all invest in so religiously. Cardi B knows this truth and opted to embark into the world of DIY hair removal. And fortunately for us, she documented the whole process.

Recently the rapper shared a clip of herself doing a WFH AKA a wax from home and things got wild.

“Guys, wish me fuckin’ luck,” Cardi asked users in the post as she showed off a bottle of Veet 3 in 1 Gel Cream. “I hope I don’t burn my pussy off.”

Anyone whose done a wax from home knows that the experience is never very pretty and for Cardi, it wasn’t much different. The rapper documented the process for her Instagram stories and revealed that she didn’t get very far in the process.

To follow up, she tried Veet, a hair removal cream that is supposed to painlessly dissolve the hair shaft, as opposed to yanking it out.

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And it looks like things got along pretty smoothly. Cardi B called the experience “a positive thing” that she discovered thanks to quarantine. In fact, she went as far as to describe the process as “a positive thing” she discovered in quarantine.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with growing out your hair and letting it be free, no matter where your sprouts are located. BUT if you’re like me, you might not feel quite so comfortable and are likely desperately wishing you hadn’t taken your easy access to wax salons for granted. So, how to deal?

We scoured Instagram and Youtube for the best at-home wax kits and tips for Brazilians. Check them out below!

Get a good exfoliator.

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According to P&G’s site Reward me, exfoliating helps soften body hair and opens up hair follicles. Doing this before a wax will make the process easier and less painful.

Plan for the pain.

People don’t cringe at the sight of Steve Carrel getting a wax in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” for nothing. Waxing HURTS. But the process can be made a bit more pleasant if you take a painkiller like Alieve half an hour before waxing and if you apply a numbing cream to the area you want to wax. And don’t be silly by trying to wax during or a few days before your period!

Don’t let yourself sweat.

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Make sure you keep the area dry and clean during removal. Do so by avoiding creams and moisturizers and instead apply baby powder. The powder will make the removal process all the easier once your done and have strings of wax left over.

Sweetly Bare Sugaring Hair Removal Kit

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One of the top reviewed sugaring kits on Etsy.

“At home sugaring success! I would have never done this at home if it wasn’t for COVID. Now, I don’t think I’ll ever need to pay a salon again! This is a quality product!” – Etsy review.

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This news my first time sugaring ever (I’ve brevet waxes either) all things considered I think it went well. I definitely think next time I’m going to leave the sugar I’m not using in the fridge to help it stay stiffer longer when I use a new piece.” – Etsy reviewer.

And there you have it. Now, let’s not fool ourselves, waxing on your own will likely be way less pleasant and much more difficult than it is at a salon, but it is possible! Hang in there, Sis.

Here Is A Look At Cardi B’s Top Hair Looks And Be Prepared To Have Some Serious Wig Envy

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Here Is A Look At Cardi B’s Top Hair Looks And Be Prepared To Have Some Serious Wig Envy

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It’s not unusual to see Cardi B dance onto the stage or the red carpet with a brightly colored wig in shades we’ve never seen before. Those daring hair looks are usually courtesy of one of her many wigs, most of which she’s credited to hairdresser Tokyo Stylez. Stylez doesn’t just create wigs, she creates masterpieces — all perfectly installed, might I add.

You might remember the pulled back updo Cardi had at Rihanna’s 2019 Diamond Ball or the Rapunzel-esque red inches she wore for a Poison Ivy costume. To scroll through Stylez’s Instagram is to swim through a sea of flawlessly blended wigs.

Bursting onto the rap scene in 2016, on the sixth season of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York, Cardi made a name for herself in the beauty space with her down-to-there straight lengths in varying tones of cherry red, raven, and platinum. From short lilac pixies to waist-length rainbow varieties, Cardi isn’t afraid to try any hair look, and always looks great in them.

We’ve rounded up some of her best wig looks to prove just how many she must have. Our only question is where she keeps them all.

Coronavirus Realness

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After COVID-19 made its way to the United States, Cardi B made a statement on Instagram Live, “Coronavirus. Shit is real. Shit is getting real.” The soundbite ended up getting remixed into a catchy dance song. She looked sensational in a bronze fishnet dress from TLZ L’Femme. The honey blonde highlights blended seamlessly into the caramel hair for a look we hope to see again on the entertainer in the future.

Pretty In Pink

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Cardi seems really into hair bows, as this is the second look with the style that she’s worn during quarantine. The rapper shared a close-up of the bubblegum pink wig to Instagram on Tuesday, April 28. She used half the wig to create a bow on the top of her head while the rest of the hair (except for the bangs) was tied into a low ponytail. We’re going to be watching closely to see if she experiments with any more bows while self-isolating.

The Rainbow Wig

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In February of 2019, Cardi B wore this long, rainbow wig that we couldn’t look away from.

NBA Bougie Look

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Cardi’s look at the NBA All-Star Game in February was next level luxury. She styled the perfectly slicked-back, length ponytail with a fur vet and a purple Birkin bag that was just so extra. The garnet wig was slicked back into this low, side ponytail. We need the details on the styling products ASAP because not a single hair is out of place.

Her Lilac Look

At a party during Super Bowl weekend, the rapper’s wig was short and lilac with magenta streaks.

Blue For Bernie

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In April, the performer went live on Instagram to discuss a few political issues with Sen. Bernie Sanders. She made her appearance in this gorgeous cobalt blue wig. Rather than do the typical space buns, the hair was pulled up into two large bows on either side of her head.

Color Coordinated Mint & Pink Wig

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At an event in April 2019, Cardi B wore a long mint and pink wig that complemented her colorful outfit.

Platinum Silver

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The rapper made us want to dye our hair silver when she wore this wig in 2018.

90s Perfection

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Cardi was a stunner in this half-up, half-down style with flipped ends. The throwback look comes with a twist – literally – as the front of the hair is in medium-sized Bantu knots. Fun fact: Although her wig may look black in some photos, it’s actually an indigo shade.

The Blonde Bob

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In September 2018, Cardi B stunned us with her sleek short blond bob wig and leopard sunglasses.

Flamin Red Hot

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Our regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx arrived at the Powerhouse NYC 2019 concert in this nurse costume just before Halloween. This super straight, waist-length crimson wig matches her outfit and bold rouge lip flawlessly.

Platinum Bombshell

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Have you ever seen a wig as long as the one the rapper wore to the Global Citizens Concert in 2018?

Space Buns In Pink

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This ultra-long wig’s raven-black space buns were accented with a thick, electric-pink stripe right down the center of its blunt bangs, making Cardi look like a character straight out of the Mortal Kombat video game. Even when wearing dark hair, she can’t resist having a pop of color added in somewhere.