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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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