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Cardi B Says All That Plastic Surgery Has Served Her A Greater Purpose

Our girl is at it again with her iconic sass. Cardi B injected some humor into her latest Insta post, saying that, “I can’t swim so I bought these titties so I can float.” Now, before we go any further, someone has to say this: there are cheaper ways to float in the water, babes! All jokes aside, though, Cardi’s comment comes after some wild online drama that’s had us breaking out the popcorn.

Let’s get this out of the way first: Cardi has a bangin’ body.

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But, it’s not all natural. And that’s where this whole story starts. Because back in May, Cardi B admitted that she’d gotten her “boobs redone” after giving birth to her daughter, Kulture Kiari. Pregnancy took its toll on Cardi’s body. So much so, in fact, that a few days later she declared to her fans during a set at the Beale Street Music Festival that she’d also recently undergone liposuction. “I should have canceled today, because moving too much is gonna f*ck up my lipo,” Cardi B announced to the audience. “But b*tch, I’m still gonna get this motherf*cking money back. Let’s go!”

When asked about it in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cardi B admitted, “I really wanna explain to people how hard [the liposuction process is] … I feel like a lot of people look at girls on Instagram and think, like, ‘Oh, they got their lipo done, and it was so easy,’ and it’s just such a long, hard process … it’s almost like the same process as after you give birth to a baby, and you see your body change, and [work to snap it] back.” It’s hard not to like Cardi for being so open about the work that she had done.

And that should have been the end of the conversation.

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But of course, it wasn’t. Because two weeks later, our girl had to cancel a whole series of shows that she had planned, including performances in El Paso and Baltimore. “My doctor was like ‘yo you can not be doing all these shows because you’re not fully healed and I keep telling you this and then if something happens to you you’re going to try to blame me,” Cardi said. And that’s when it really hit the fan.

Many have come out slamming the artist for the amount of work she’s had done.

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Critics started to weigh in on Cardi B’s decision to get work done, accusing her of being “lazy.” Cardi wasn’t having a bar of it, saying on Instagram: “I do whatever the fuck I want to do with my body, I don’t have the time of day like you do. My job as an entertainer is a 24-hour job, bro. So no I don’t have time to work out. I wanted specific things that I know that no matter how much I work out won’t get fixed.” And there’s the rub.

Modern beauty standards are the real problem in this equation.

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It’s undeniable that there’s a widening gap between what’s physically possible, and what’s considered the standard for beauty – especially when we look at the way that beauty is portrayed online. The goal these days for women seems to be high cheekbones, luscious lips, with a well-endowed chest, tiny waist, and a bouncing booty. Not to mention that you should be sporting thighs that’ll crush a watermelon, as well as well-toned calves. Heaven forbid you have the beginnings of cafeteria lady arms! It’s an unattainable standard, unless you get work done. No wonder Cardi’s fans came out in force, with her latest on Insta.

And so who are we to tell Cardi what to do with her body? It’s her job to entertain.

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Part of that, for her, also includes looking the part. Whatever augmentations Cardi has made to her body fit into the beauty expectations we all seem to have for each other. At least now that the storm has blown over, Cardi B can post ridiculous jokes on social media, and we can laugh along with her about them.

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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At first glance, you may not think Cardi B and Mariah Carey have much in common. But the two chart-topping divas might actually be more similar than they are different.

Cardi B once called herself the “strip-club Mariah Carey”, so Interview magazine recruited the Afro-Venezuelan songstress herself to interview Belcalis.

In a new conversation in Interview magazine, Cardi B and Mariah Carey teamed up to talk about the challenges they’ve had to face as famous women of color coming from tough backgrounds.

And in case you thought otherwise, Mariah Carey was not throwing any softballs. The conversation was intense. The women covered everything from confidence, to body image, to prejudice in the music industry. It didn’t seem like either of the women held back.

Mimi opened the interview by asking Cardi if she ever felt beautiful as a child. Surprisingly, Cardi responded opened up about a topic that society doesn’t take about very often: anti-Blackness in the Latino community.

“I’m Trini and I’m Dominican, there’s a lot of Dominicans that look a certain type of way [in the Bronx]. They have soft, pretty, curly hair. Growing up, guys would ask me weird questions like, ‘If you’re Dominican, why is your hair so nappy?'”

Cardi went on to admit that she bleached and permed her hair when she was young to the point where she damaged her hair. But she soon learned to take care of her natural hair and appreciate it for what it was.

Cardi’s confession about her hair prompted Mariah to reveal her own vulnerable story. “It was a very traumatizing thing for me having a black father and a white mother, because my mother, who raised me, didn’t really know about textured hair,” Mariah said.

The superstar duo also touched on the sensitive topics of racism and prejudice in the music and fashion industries.

In fact, MC point-blank asked Cardi B: “Do you feel that the record industry or the fashion industry, from your perspective, is inherently racist?”. Cardi explained that she wouldn’t technically use the word racist, but has “felt prejudice.”

“I have been involved in endorsement deals, and then I found out that certain white people got more money for their deals from the same company,” she said. “So it’s like, ‘When you’re not paying me what you’re paying these other people, why is that?’ It’s kind of insulting.”

Cardi also added that Black artists have a tougher time getting dressed by designers and getting seats at fashion shows, even though hip-hop culture influences fashion in so many ways.

Cardi B and Mariah Carey then bonded over the fact that both of them could only be themselves throughout their careers in the public eye.

Mariah applauded the fact that the public doesn’t require celebrities to have a squeaky-clean image anymore. “I do think people are much more accepting now,” she said. “…I do feel like people are, at least in some circles, allowed to be themselves and express themselves more than they were back in the day.”

“People expected me to be something specific, but I can only be me,” she added. “We’re similar in that way.”

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Cardi B Goes On Jimmy Fallon And Talks About A Poop Issue So Many Of Us Can Relate To

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Cardi B Goes On Jimmy Fallon And Talks About A Poop Issue So Many Of Us Can Relate To

It’s not too often that the lyrics of a Cardi B song are highly ambiguous or leave you wondering what she’s talking about. I mean take the lyrics for her song “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion, we all know what they’re talking about there.

But the lyrics to her song “Up” are a bit less transparent and more open to interpretation. So, during a recent guest appearance on The Tonight Show, she explained to Jimmy Fallon the actual meaning behind the lyrics and although they also have to do with the body, it’s quite a different angle for the “Bodak Yellow” rapper.

Cardi B explained to Jimmy Fallon the meaning behind the lyrics for her song “Up.”

Cardi B left Jimmy Fallon lost for words after explaining the unexpected meaning behind a line in her new single “Up,” as she revealed one part of the song originally referred to an uncomfortable constipation situation. The line in question, which she had borrowed from her husband Offset, is: “If it’s up, then it’s stuck.”

Cardi admitted she initially thought it was a “Georgia thing” as Offset, who is from the state, says it “a lot”, but she soon learned fans from other Southern U.S. states are also familiar with the phrase, so she was inspired to use it too. She said, “After the song came out, I thought it was a Georgia thing, but then people were like, ‘We say that in New Orleans,’ ‘We say that in Florida.’ I’m like, ‘OK, man, listen. I guess, whatever.” 

During the exchange with Fallon, Cardi added: “Um, so have you ever taken a poop, right, and it don’t come out?” “It’s just up and it’s stuck. Yeah,” she shared. After an awkward silence, Fallon uttered, “Wow,” while Cardi simply nodded.

Fallon tried to look for other meanings in the ambiguous lyrics.

A stunned Fallon then offered his own take, suggesting the phrase could be about reaching a certain level of success and then maintaining it.

Cardi followed up, “It’s a metaphorical quote,” suggesting that achievement and constipation are just two of many possible interpretations of the song and that poop probably wasn’t actually on Cardi’s mind when she wrote the tune.

The pair also had fun during the show’s Mimic Challenge segment.

She is always one of the best guests on these shows. It makes them so much more fun to watch.

Meanwhile, get a look at the video for her song “Up” below.

And tell us what you think of the lyrics!

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