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Cardi B Went From Wearing Pasties On The Red Carpet To Fashion’s Top Designers. Here’s A Look Back On Her Style Journey

It’s hard not to look at Cardi B and absolutely revel in her career evolution. In the pace of four years, the Dominican-Trinidadian rapper has transformed herself from a learning-as-she-goes newbie to Queen Cardi B. While for most celebrities such a glow-up has led to changes in the way they choose to present themselves stylistically, this Bronx-born and raised Latina has used her style to affirm that she plans on remaining true to herself.

Here’s a look at Cardi B’s style evolution.

Early on, the hip-hop star followed the footpath of iconic female rappers.

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In September 2015, Cardi B attended The Blondes show in New York at Milk Studios for New York Fashion Week’s The Shows.

During an appearance, Cardi emulated the unapologetic aesthetic of queen rappers that came before her, particularly Lil’ Kim. In 1999, Kim was the hottest female rapper of her time. Similar to the purple sequined pasty she sported at the MTV awards show that year, Cardi dropped jaws while wearing pasties at a 2015 NYFW show. Lil’ Kim’s look remains one of today’s most talked-about red carpet outfits and has undoubtedly been paid tribute by Cardi multiple times.

The Bronx-born Latina embraced her curves with simple looks.

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In February 2016, Cardi attended Bronner Brothers as a TV personality for the International Beauty Show.

Two years have passed since she sported a revealing dress and baseball cap at the Georgia World Congress Center, still, it’s easy to imagine the rapper wearing a similar outfit today, just with a bit more flare.

Belcalis Almanzar soon started showing her success by flashing labels.

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In February 12, 2017, Cardi wore a white fur coat and a Gypsy dressy for Gypsy Show at New York Fashion Week.

Longtime fans of Cardi B know that the rapper has always had a love for labels. We didn’t need Bodak Yellow to learn that. Similar to Lil’ Kim’s looks and other Black female artists in her genre, Cardi B has come to show off her success and her own embrace of her sexuality with luxurious style flexing. The photo of her in a white fur coat came just a few days after she had signed a major record deal with Atlantic Records.

Then, she started upping the glitz and showed no plans of slowing down the showstopping.

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In March 2017, Cardi attended the Make Trap Great Again showcase at Stubb’s Bar-B-Que for the 2017 SXSW Conference And Festivals in Austin, Texas.

Just a month after nailing her big record deal with Atlantic Records, Cardi stepped out at SXSW festival wearing a low-cut gold dress. The revealing look is something Cardi B has shown no signs of backing away from, even now as she explores her passion for design and looks from different decades.

Once red carpet season was in full swing, Cardi established that she knows how to clean up.

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In September 14, 2017, Cardi B stunned in an off-shoulder Christian Siriano ball gown for Rihanna’s 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Fans watching Cardi B’s major Cinderella red carpet moment were quite literally stunned by the rapper’s transformation. The look rolled out a new understanding of her fashion diversity to fans and showed designers that there was more to her style than the BX street looks she’s famous for. The diamond-colored, conservative, floor-length gown played a stark contrast to the styles we’d come to know the artist for in previous years. The appearance was an alert to fashion designers around the world that the Latina’s eccentricity could give even royal’s a run for their money.

But she didn’t leave behind her signature money-moving and street swag.

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On October 6, 2017, Cardi performed during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida.

Just a few weeks after snatching breaths at Rihanna’s big bash, Belcalis stole the show at the BET Awards in an ox, mink, and ostrich intarsia coat by Christopher John Rogers Eddie. The bold number had the best of hip-hop stylists analyzing it as an ode to Lil’ Kim.

She may have started from the bottom but one thing she’s not changing on her way to the top is her trendy hair.

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On December 29, 2017, Cardi performed at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wearing a sheer leotard and blue locks, the rapper put on quite a show for fans at a performance in New Orleans. The ‘Velvet Blue Mink Full Lace Unit’ that flowed past Cardi’s shoulders were styled by Atlanta hairstylist Arrogant Tae.

Then Queen Cardi emerged to show us what regular, degular, shmegular looks like when it meets shwanky.

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On January 28, 2018, Cardi B attended the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In another gorgeous look, Cardi B revealed that the rapper life can be just as a graceful and elegant as a hip-hop artist wants to be.

When stepping out, the Latina rapper doesn’t shy away from her pelitos.

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On February 3, 2018, Cardi B attended the 2018 MAXIM party produced By Karma International in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sporting a look that plenty of Latinas know well, Cardi B stepped on to the red carpet of a Maxim party rocking a high ponytail and baby hairs. Once again proving that while her label game might have been elevated, Cardi B’s glow up is more about glam and career power and not at all about losing her roots.

She has continued her path of becoming an icon while showing up The Icons.

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On February 10, 2018, Cardi B sat front and center in a row with Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Molly Shannon, Brad Walsh, Jaimie Alexander and Sarah Rafferty while attending the Christian Siriano fashion show for New York Fashion Week.

Sitting among a row of some of the entertainment’s industry’s most famous style veterans, Cardi B stood out at the Christian Siriano fashion show while sporting a fur coat and sunnies, looking equal parts fly and opulent.

She has proved herself to be the ultimate award winner and fashion maven.

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On March 11, 2018, Cardi B accepts her award for Best New Artist onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, California.

Having quickly proven herself to be a fashion favorite for Christian Siriano, the rapper wore a burgundy tulle dress by the designer from his fall 2018 collection just weeks before the drop of her debut album. The playful dress turned out to be a perfect match for her exuberant acceptance speech and perhaps one of her most talked-about looks while rumors of her pregnancy were further stirred online.

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During the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Cardi B tore up the festival during her performance. But it was 90s R&B feels that truly caught our attention. Her slick all-white outfit paired with baggy pants and exquisite rizos was a look to vibe to.

Cardi B’s MET Gala outfit could literally inspire a new religion.

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For the 2018 Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” Cardi B showed up to the event looking bold and bodacious. The Dominican-Trinidadian Latina dove headfirst into the event’s theme with a dress by Jeremy Scott and a jeweled encrusted crown to match.

Cardi is proving to be one of fashion’s top players. We can’t wait to see what other fashion rules she continues to break and what other labels will fight to dress the Latina rapper from The Bronx.


Read: 13 Lines From Cardi B’s New Song ‘Be Careful’ That Anyone Who Has Ever Been Cheated On Will Sing With A Bit More Heart

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Converse Is Putting Dominican Art On Their Shoes And Here’s How People Are Feeling About The Decision

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Converse Is Putting Dominican Art On Their Shoes And Here’s How People Are Feeling About The Decision

Influencer Ray Polanco Jr. and Converse have collaborated again for Latinx Heritage Month as a part of the “Converse by LatinX” collection. Polanco Jr. recruited artist Eric Narváez to hand draw and create a Chuck Taylor that featured coloring book style art of Dominican iconography. 

The collection also features work from tattoo artist Don Rimx, and Mexican and Colombian artist Paloma Montoya. Each of Polanco Jr.’s shoes will have a unique pattern of the cultural iconography — that means every pair is one of a kind. 

Ray Polanco Jr. Uses Dominican Upbringing As Inspiration

“Inspired by Ray Polanco Jr.’s experience growing up Dominican in New York City, the hand-drawn images encourage wearers to bring the design to life with color transforming the Chuck Taylor into a cultural coloring book for your feet. Make the “Puro Platano” story your own. Shout to Uptown,” the Converse description reads.

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“What a feeling… meet my new @converse the “puro plátano 2”  — a cultural coloring book for your feet inspired by my experience growing up Dominican in NYC. I want the world to get to know us beyond flag colors, so I designed a visual story of pride. I left the hand-drawn images blank so YOU can collab with me. the reality is us LatinX come in all colors, so I want u to make these ur own,” Polanco Jr. wrote on Instagram. 

This isn’t the first time Polanco Jr. has brought Dominican pride to Chuck Taylors

Polanco Jr. collaborated with Converse on the Puro Plátano last year. It was a simple plátano green shoe with the words “puro platano” on the side in gold letters. 

“As a storyteller, I believe sneakers are the perfect canvas to communicate a message because we all wear some kind of footwear. Last year, I wanted to get the world to know more about Dominicans beyond just the colors of our flag and I thought food was the best way to do that, which led to transforming the Chuck Taylor into a Platano. This year, I wanted to connect on a deeper level with the ‘Puro Platano’ story by collaging distinct images from my experience growing up Dominican in New York City,” Polanco Jr. told Footwear News

This year he really amped up the Dominican iconography. There’s rolos, plátanos, bachata dancersandbottles of rum among other familiar images to anyone who grew up in The Bronx.

“A lot of the shoe is inspired by family: my dad playing dominoes at the bodega with his friends, my mom wearing rolos in her hair after the beauty salon, and things like that.” he said. “Shout out to my sister who would cop Chucks in every color on Fordham Road in the Bronx back in the day. Beyond my story, I feel like anyone who grew up in NYC will connect with at least one thing on the shoe and hopefully, other people in different cities can relate, too.” 

Polanco Jr. is not the only artist included in Converse’s LatinX collection.

Paloma Montoya

Mexican and Colombian artist Paloma Montoya’s artwork was inspired by Colombian culture, like its cafes, people, and vallenato musicians and singers.

“I was born from my father, a Mexican and my mother from #medellincolombia, but I was raised by my mother and maternal grandparents. All #antioqueños. I grew up on arepas, tamales and empanadas #colombianos , sancocho and natilla. I listened to Carlos Vives and know the lyrics (in Spanish) to Jaime R. Echavarría’s Serenata de Amor – Thanks Mamita,” Paloma wrote in her Instagram caption. 

“My grandparents bought the house in South Gate. I’ve been here all my life, I didn’t embrace my Mexican side from my father, I embraced it here with my friends who are Mexican and Mexican-American. Mexico and South Gate run through my blood, but I have generations and generations of Colombian blood in me. Maybe that’s why I think about going back often? Maybe that’s why when I went and met my relatives high up in the mountains of #antioquia – it felt like home. This pair is for you Mom, Mamita and Papito.” 

Don Rimx

Puerto Rican muralist and tattoo artist, Don Rimx also got a chance to make his own custom sneaker. The unique pattern mimics rosary beads and colorful feathers. 

“Muy honrado de poder colaborar con @converse en este proyecto para diseñar un patron para el Chuck Taylor dandole un giro personalizado con el estilo original de Don Rimx inspirado en su cultura y el camino por andar,” Rimx wrote on Instagram. 

The Converse by LatinX collection is available now. Shout out to Converse for hiring these independent Latinx artists as well! 

Fashion Nova Debuted A Halloween Collection Inspired by Iconic Fashion Moments — Including Selena’s Purple Jumper And J.Lo’s Versace Gown

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Fashion Nova Debuted A Halloween Collection Inspired by Iconic Fashion Moments — Including Selena’s Purple Jumper And J.Lo’s Versace Gown

Fashion Nova dropped it’s Halloween collection and it is massive. However, there’s one particular section that is causing a stir: celebrity dupes. While Fashion Nova has had multiple run-ins with celebrities over copying their looks and the looks of independent designers, that hasn’t stopped them one bit. This time around they want you to dress up in your favorite celebrities’ most iconic outfits — with slightly more skin showing. 

Some people like to make their own costumes, others like to buy their own costumes. If you fall into the latter group and don’t mind baring it all, you might want to check out the internet retailer’s Cardi B, Selena Quintanilla, Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah, and Lil Kim costumes.

Fashion Nova launches Celebrity Halloween Costume Collection

Fashion Nova has launched its new season of Halloween costumes. They’re claiming they have the “sexiest” costumes on the internet. Because you know, that’s the most important thing, being sexy. I personally, couldn’t care less how women dress on Halloween, but I do think we should have options other than essentially walking around naked during one of the colder months of the year. 

All your faves are available

This time around, Fashion Nova has continued to dupe celebrity outfits. Although Kara Nesvig of Teen Vogue makes an important point, “As fun as these costumes may be, Fashion Nova has landed in hot water after being accused of knocking off clothing designs from both independent designers and big names, like a look-alike of the Mugler dress worn by Kim Kardashian West that was made the brand and sold just days after she wore it, causing Kardashian West to speak out. While these Halloween designs are ‘celebrity-inspired,’ it’s worth remembering where each came from and honoring the designers and inspiration behind each look as you rake in the Halloween candy come October 31.”

Jennifer Lopez

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This look is so iconic — and you may not know this – it is the reason Google image search exists. When J. Lo wore this super-duper low-cut Versace dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards so many people were searching for it that Google came up with the idea for a way to search for specific images. Her impact! 

“People wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention,” Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said. “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

Lil Kim

When Lil Kim wore her purple one-armed (and one-boobed) jumpsuit and matching wig to the 1999 VMAs, it caused quite a stir. While announcing an award with Diana Ross, Ross grabbed Lil Kim’s boob. It’s hard to believe that Janet Jackson was ostracized from Hollywood years later for exposing her pasty-covered nipple at the Super Bowl, but life makes no sense.

Selena

This controversial reinterpretation of Selena’s iconic disco outfit had some fans last Halloween clutching their pearls on social media. “What would Selena’s father think?” Many asked. Who cares? He was always controlling of her body in the most sexist way with regard to how she dressed. Or are we blinded by machismo here? Selena herself never agreed with him, so why do we care what he thinks? 

Saying her dad would have abused her if he saw this makes the argument kind of null. We don’t know if Selena would have liked or hated this. Sometimes that’s just how it be.

Aaliyah

The “One in a Million” costume pays homage to Aaliyah’s “Try Again” music video outfit. This is probably the most accurate of the bunch. 

Cardi B

Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy album cover comes to life here. I am assuming that because the cover only features the top of Cardi’s body, Fashion Nova just assumed she wasn’t wearing pants? The rapper has had multiple collections with Fashion Nova so it is no surprise to see her included here. 

“You’re going to see a lot of skin,” the rapper said. “A lot of cleavage. But yet it’s so pretty and so elegant. I made sure it was sexy but also beautiful,” Cardi said of her second Fashion Nova collection, which sold a $1 million worth of product within 24 hours of its launch. 

Fashion Nova refuses to acknowledge that sometimes the weather is cold, but anyone who is going to buy one of these costumes probably doesn’t care either. Check out Fashion Nova’s Halloween collection here