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Cardi B’s Polarizing Fashion Week Outfit is Causing Controversy For Exposing France’s ‘Double Standards’

Cardi B has never been one to play it safe when it comes to fashion. The Grammy-winning musician has made headlines for everything from her gorgeous gowns to her brand collaborations. And typically, Belcalis Almánzar has never been shy about showing a little skin off here and there. But this time, the “Hustler” star is making waves for being totally covered up–and we mean totally. 

On Saturday. Cardi took to her social media accounts to document her edgy Paris Fashion Week debut. Clad head-to-toe in a full-body Richard Quinn gown, Cardi B’s face was covered by one of Quinn’s Autumn/Winter 2019 ready-to-wear runway looks. The dress was a floral dress-and-jacket ensemble with matching gloves, a head scarf, and face covering. In fact, it was initially hard to tell what celebrity was even wearing the outfit. That is, until Cardi B began to talk. 

Cardi B posted the video of her head-turning Paris Fashion Week look to her Instagram page.

As usual, Cardi served up some hilarious commentary along with her social media post. “I heard you bitches were missing me at Fashion Week New York,” she said, while strutting in front of the Eiffel Tower. “I’m here to serve it to you motherfuckers, and serve it to you cold.” After blessing onlookers with her signature cackle, Cardi cracked a joke about her limited vision: “Make sure a car don’t hit me ’cause a bitch can’t see.”

Of course, the internet’s reaction to Cardi’s big swing has been mixed. Cardi, however, doesn’t seem to mind. 

Naturally, when someone makes a fashion choice that’s out-of-the-box, not everyone is going to be on-board with it. But Cardi, being well-versed in dealing with criticism at this point, doesn’t seemed to be phased by the haters. She tweeted out a picture of the look with the caption “How they going to understand it when they don’t even understand me[?]”.

If there’s one thing we can say about Cardi B, it’s that she’s undoubtedly a woman who marches to the beat of her own drum. And although we may not “understand” the outfit completely, we definitely admire it. 

Although there’s excitement surrounding the unconventional outfit, some people have been quick to point out that the praise for Cardi’s outfit is a double-standard.

Recently, a discussion on Twitter has broken out about how the media’s reaction to Cardi B’s high-fashion outfit is evidence of her privilege as both a celebrity and a non-Muslim woman. In France, the niqab (a type of garment worn by Muslim women that covers the face and head) is banned from being worn. Since 2011 in France, wearing a niqab (or any other face-covering veil) in public comes with a possible fine of up to €150. 

Although some people are speculating that Richard Quinn created this particular outfit in direct response to the niqab-ban, the theory has never been confirmed. Now, some people are saying that the fact that Cardi is being praised for wearing this outfit is evidence of the law’s blatant Islamophobia. In other words, Cardi is being praised, talked about and photographed for something French Muslim women are being punished for. 

Regardless of (or possibly due to) the controversy surrounding Cardi B’s outfit, Twitter is alight with opinions on her fashion choice. 

It’s rare that a single outfit can inspire so much discussion on social media. 

This fan has nothing but love for what Cardi’s full-body ‘fit:

Once a stan, always a stan. It’s been inspiring to see Cardi’s fashion evolution from  a “regular degular shmegular girl from the Bronx” to a fashion icon. 

Some people were impressed that Cardi had the guts to go with such an unorthodox fashion choice

In this day and age of fashion blogs and social media, it can be hard for celebrities to take risks when it comes to fashion. So many of them are afraid to be skewered online. 

Some people thought that Cardi’s outfit choice was actually a commentary on Islamophobia in France:

We would love to hear Cardi’s thoughts on this. Did she know about the niqab-ban in France?

This person made a valid point about how the power of celebrity gives certain people a pass to do things others can’t.

It’s definitely true that, because of her platform, Cardi is in a unique position in which she can wear whatever she wants wherever she wants. We understand why she wants to take advantage of her platform and be a bit more experimental. 

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

It’s 2021 and we have no shortage of epic collaborations between some of the world’s biggest Latino stars and top fashion brands. Everyone from J Balvin and Bad Bunny to Cardi B and now Maluma have entered the fashion industry to sell a lifestyle. And people are buying!

Maluma and French fashion house Balmain bring us a limited-edition collaboration.

Colombian superstar Maluma has partnered with French fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that will be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

The collection, which includes sneakers, blazers, t-shirts, pants and other ready-to-wear clothing, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue as of April 15.

The Balmain + Maluma line marks the first time ever the brand has designed a line with a celebrity. And it seems like the brand’s creative designer is pretty excited about the collab. Through photos on his Instagram, Olivier Rousteing referred to the reggaetón singer as his inspiration, captioned with supportive laudatory messages about merging their cultures and joint design process.

“Maluma, more than him being an incredible singer,” Rousteing notes, “[brings] a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing up his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well… I think the collaboration with Maluma is obviously giving to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

Maluma also seems to be pumped for the opportunity!

Although Balmain has featured other celebrities in advertising campaigns and runway shows, it has never actually enlisted a celebrity to help design a full, name-branded line.

The brand’s high profile, along with the haute-couture retail price of the collection, underscores how entrenched Maluma is now in the global fashion world and how valuable his endorsement and name is perceived by high fashion.

“It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho,” says Maluma, referencing both his album name and alter ego.

But if you want a piece of the collection be prepared to drop those coins.

Credit: Phraa / Balmain

Items in the Balmain + Maluma collection range from a black cotton T-shirt that retails for $495, to $1,500 high top sneakers to a $2,555 multi-color print bomber jacket.

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Looks like Cardi B is following in Rihanna’s footsteps and getting into the beauty game! According to a recent Instagram post, the Bronx-born rapper is going to be releasing a line of hair-care products for Afro-Latinas this year.

“This year I will be coming out with a hair[care] line that I been working on at home for my hair and my daughter’s,” Cardi announced on Instagram on Tuesday.

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She explained that the decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas was inspired by her realization that it’s “time for people to educate themselves on nationality, race and ethnicity.”

“Being Hispanic/Latina don’t make your hair long, don’t make your skin light, or don’t make your face features slim, [e]specially Latin countries from the Caribbean islands,” she explained further. “DNA [has] something to do with your hair, not your nationality.”

As many Latinos know, many non-Latinos are uneducated about the diversity of Latinidad. People expect all Latinos to look like Eva Longoria or Salma Hayek. But as we know, Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Latinos come in all different shades, with vastly different features.

The comments on Cardi’s post were elated at the news that she would be releasing hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

“Thank you!!! I’m Panamanian and they act like we don’t exist!” wrote one fan.

“Hair doesn’t have ethnicity. It has texture. It’s not black hair or white hair. It’s curly hair or straight hair. Kinky hairy or curly. 4a or 4c. People just generalize it and don’t understand,” wrote another.

On Twitter, another fan wrote: “Ok fav let’s talk about the hair care line you talking about so I can buy it and I won’t have to keep making the mask, forget everything else.”

Cardi’s decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas came from (what else?) a Twitter argument.

When a Twitter user decided to challenge Cardi’s Blackness (again). The argument started when a Twitter user was claiming that Cardi’s hair pattern disqualifies her from being considered “Black.” So Cardi took it upon herself to educate her followers about the existence of Afro-Latinos. She also gave her followers a history lesson on the Dominican Republic.

The conversation got so frustrating that Cardi tweeted: “I think I’m going to do a video of different Hispanic people or Latin people or w.e. the correct term is nowadays. Cause people be thinking that every Hispanic is Mexican or something and must have the same hair texture, color, and features.”

Cardi B has always been passionate about hair-care. Last year, she shared a DIY hair mask recipe that she uses on her and Kulture’s rizos.

The hair mask consisted of argan oil, castor oil, olive oil, and mayonnaise. Since then, the at-home hair mask has gained a small but vocal fan club online.

If her hair mask recipe is a preview for things to come, we can’t wait to buy Cardi B’s hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

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