| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Cardi B Didn’t Always Look Like This


One of the most famous rappers in the world,
Cardi B blew up the music scene when she dropped her single “Bodak Yellow” in 2017. But Cardi B actually had quite a rough start
in life. From rags to riches, this is the stunning
transformation of Cardi B. Although the world knows her as Cardi B, the
name she was given at birth in 1992 by her Dominican father and Trinidadian mother was
Belcalis Almanzar. “I’m actually kinda mad that my dad named
me f—ing Belcalis. Like, what the f—?” She came of age in New York City and had a
pretty strict upbringing, as her mother wouldn’t let her attend sleepovers for fear she’d fall
prey to opportunistic and abusive men. Additionally, Cardi B described herself as,
quote, “a very fragile child,” according to GQ. The main reason Cardi B was so vulnerable
was because of her health. Her asthma was so severe that she would spend
time in the hospital for weeks at a time because of it. But, fortunately for all of us, Cardi B is
still here, and she is stronger than ever. New York City can be a pretty glamorous place,
but the part of it where Cardi B is from, the Highbridge neighborhood in the Bronx,
is not exactly a tourist trap. She proclaimed in an interview with i-D: That’s a really intense experience for a child
so young to learn, you’d think it would be more paramount to focus on things like math
homework at that age, not basic survival. “You know, I was always a pretty girl, and
I was always mad hype, so everybody wanted to fight me, so I had to fight all of them
back!” Unfortunately for Cardi B, she stood out in
her new school, and that attracted attention to her. She explained: Despite the pressures that Cardi B dealt with
growing up, and the fact that she claims to have joined a gang at 16, she was seriously
interested in academics and enjoyed learning. She attended the Renaissance High School for
Musical Theater and Technology, then enrolled in community college in Manhattan after graduation
in 2010. There, she took courses in French, Western
Civilization, and political science. She told i-D: Fair point. Additionally, Cardi B had a lot going on during
those years, so, after a few semesters, she ended up dropping out of school. At the time, she was also working full time
at the Amish Market, a grocery store, which did not pay very well. In an interview with Fader, she admitted: Clearly, then, it was high time to find a
more lucrative endeavor. After getting fired from the Amish Market
for giving a co-worker items under cost, one of Cardi B’s managers at the store suggested
that she try stripping. The rapper told Fader: So at the age of 19, she started stripping,
and for the first time in her life, making real money. With that money came freedom for Cardi B,
as at the time, she was broke and living with an abusive ex-boyfriend and his two pitbulls
in a room in his mom’s house. In an interview with Vlad TV, she confessed: “A lot of people be like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Like, they make it so negative, but, like,
it really saved me from a lot of things.” But even though stripping allowed Cardi B
to get out of an abusive situation and become financially independent, she didn’t exactly
love it, and her self-esteem took some hits as she wasn’t as confident about her body
as she used to be. To that end, she decided to make some changes. Cardi B is well-known for her stunning, shapely
bod. And she’s pretty candid about how the shape
came to be, and absolutely happy to flaunt it. She told Vibe magazine: Amen, Cardi! The rapper’s behind came to be at age 22 in
a basement apartment in Queens, where, in an illegal procedure, a woman injected her
backside with filler sans anesthesia. According to an interview she did with GQ,
the pain was so bad that she thought he might pass out. That sounds awful, but she says the end result
was worth it, though she wishes she could have gone about it in a safer manner. She shared in an interview with Vlad TV, Yikes! As for her chest, she got that taken care
of in the Dominican Republic. If you’ve ever dropped by Cardi B’s Instagram
page, you know it’s an entertaining amalgam of gorgeous selfies, self-promotion, music
video snaps, the occasional meme, and, of course, her trademark epic rants. She’s been on the platform since 2013, throwing
shade, dropping bombs, and always seemingly outdoing herself. “Lemme tell you motherf—ers something: It’s
getting more and more expensive, well nah, for real, it’s getting more expensive to maintain
us women.” It was that candor and savvy on social media
that helped Cardi B land a spot on Season 6 of Love & Hip Hop in 2016, the VH1 reality
show that follows notable people in the hip hop music industry. “Why would you invite me if you got a little
girl over here? Me knowing stuff, he’s trying to set up a
menage in the studio, but we ain’t doing that gangster party today.” At first she was cast as a supporting role,
as the producers didn’t think she was leading material. They soon realize they were dead wrong. She told Fader: Obviously the rest was history, and Cardi
B continued her ascent to superstar status. In 2017, Cardi B dropped her single “Bodak
Yellow,” and it quickly took the hip hop scene by storm. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Charts
later that year, rendering her the first female rapper to earn the honor in nearly 20 years. She also knocked Taylor Swift out of the top
spot, talk about dropping a bomb right out of the gate! At the time, Cardi B didn’t realize the significance
of the song’s success. In an interview with i-D, she revealed: It wasn’t long before millions of people were
hanging on to her every word, eagerly waiting to see what she’d do next. And, thus, an icon was born. “For some reason my Instagram kept getting
deleted, and I think it was Bacardi that had something to do with it. So I just shortened it to Cardi B.” But before Cardi B birthed “Bodak Yellow”
into existence, she embarked on yet another self-improvement project in 2016: she had
her crooked smile fixed, or as she raps in the song, “Got a bag and fixed my teeth.” But “Bodak Yellow” had another impact on the
world, other than blowing everyone’s minds, it brought a ton of new clients to Cardi B’s
dentist. After the video was released, Dr. Catrise
Austin’s business skyrocketed, according to a video TMZ posted in 2017 in which the dentist
gushed, Who says rap can’t be wholesome? Depending on your definition of feminism,
you might not believe it, but Cardi B identifies as a feminist, and of course, she embraces
it in a way all her own. In a 2018 interview with i-D, she explained: For Cardi B, feminism isn’t a complicated
concept; it’s something she breaks down easily. Her stance? And with everything the rapper has accomplished
so far in her life, it’s so very easy to see how true that is. According to a post on her Instagram account,
Cardi B gave birth to her first child, Kulture Kiari Cephus on July 10, 2018, with on-again,
off-again partner Offset. Cardi B has also shared some tender baby moments
on social media to the delight of her fans, such as the emotional moment Kulture, whose
face was hidden, said “mama” for the first time… “Mama.” “Oh my god! Oh my god!” …and Cardi B promptly melted. She wrote in the caption: Having a child has tempered Cardi B, who says
that becoming a mom has changed her priorities. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she
revealed: In 2019, Cardi B broke a glass ceiling when
she was awarded Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards, the first woman ever to win
the honor. With Offset by her side, Cardi B ascended
the steps to the stage, and sealed her spot in music history as a rap goddess. And even though she was visibly nervous, she
accepted the award humbly, thanking, among others, Offset, whom she referred to as “You,
husband,” for all his support. In true Cardi B fashion, the rapper took to
Instagram after the ceremony to give another round of thanks: “I wanna keep on saying thank you, thank you,
thank you so much everybody…Every award to me is special to me, though, from Grammys,
AMAs, Billboards, BET, Soul Train, Nickelodeon…” She went on to explain that, quote, “…every
award…goes to [her] mother’s house, and every award to her is just as special.” It’s amazing to see her rewarded for all of
the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that she has poured into her music. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more List videos about your favorite
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100 Comments

The List

Jun 6, 2019, 6:55 pm Reply

What's your favorite Cardi B bop?

GorgeouslyReal T.V.

Aug 8, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply

Why is the narrator putting in a sad voice?

Natasha Chiware

Aug 8, 2019, 2:35 pm Reply

I fucking hate celebrities there weirdos they watch you when your in your house and they copy your billion pound ideas and make money from your ideas and dont even dont even give you a pound….for the idea

Tracey Marie Ann Mannen

Aug 8, 2019, 11:42 pm Reply

Me too

Abraham Lincoln

Aug 8, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

She’s gross?

exile sandulu

Aug 8, 2019, 12:37 am Reply

Hater

Aleah Smalls

Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

We all know she had surgery

Luis Alejandro

Aug 8, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

She always been busted

Shawna Miller

Aug 8, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

If your manager told you to jump off a cliff would you?

new ripple effect

Aug 8, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

She looks like nicki Minaj

Queen LaReefer

Aug 8, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

At least she is honest and didn’t take someone else’s style?she went to school, graduated, tried to do college??‍♀️not for everyone. She is messy, but was before famous with followers on social media!! Someone saw something ???she came up don’t hate her!!

Maria Sea

Aug 8, 2019, 4:29 pm Reply

I call bull-shit on her back story way too many inconsistencies.
Please don't let this distract you from the fact that Cardi B has herpes.

Danny

Aug 8, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

Moral of the story .. always believe in your self no matter what they say

A. J.

Aug 8, 2019, 7:37 pm Reply

Errybody knows and she'll tell you she's had plastic surgery

HEAD NERD iN CHARGE

Aug 8, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

Lame n she copies many things i talk about … STALKING ASSSS

M&M Eminem

Aug 8, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

It's almost like my life but I never stripped, and no injections in my ass and boobs. Love how she accomplished in her life. I think she's awesome

Tracy Taylor

Aug 8, 2019, 11:59 pm Reply

Omg i have that to

Dariyon Watson

Aug 8, 2019, 2:19 am Reply

She mines

Jeff Johnson

Aug 8, 2019, 4:10 am Reply

? like what? She ain't all that

GLONDRA TATUM

Aug 8, 2019, 5:19 am Reply

She BADD they can’t touch her!!!!PERIOD

Alyssia Gonzalez

Aug 8, 2019, 6:21 am Reply

like her or not I respect her grind

mike logan

Aug 8, 2019, 10:42 am Reply

Stripper trash and drugging/robbing guys. Why is she famous?

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Aug 8, 2019, 1:14 pm Reply

She had a big nose why people that are so rich don't makes a nose job she would be than perfect like little Kim or Janet Jackson or Nicky however it's the only Construction site on her face

Andre Townsel

Aug 8, 2019, 2:22 pm Reply

Cardi B "SOLD HER SOUL" for all the "FAME & FORTUNE" just like in the bible Mathews 4:11-8 when Satan paid Jesus a visit and ask him to "SELL HIS SOUL" aka “if you will bow down and worship me. This very temptation in the Bible exist in real life in the music industry.

Mathews 4:11-8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Kimlol5 3

Aug 8, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

So what if you do look like they are you going to judge a person by what they look without makeup she is still beautiful I want to see your face on camera without makeup everyone wears makeup men wear makeup women wear makeup some little kids wear makeup teens wear makeup don't be Define people.

Tina Brown

Aug 8, 2019, 8:32 pm Reply

This lady quoting Cardi has me dead ? ?

Invincible Beauty

Aug 8, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply

I liked her old teeth better. The dentist should've kept them more to their natural shape.

Lady M

Aug 8, 2019, 12:07 am Reply

I didn't care for the rant about drugging and thugging. She did keep it real. It's hard to not like her personality cause she's over the top and all over the place. She can be a straight ass messy bitch but that's what makes her Cardi! Having a baby looks to have been a good thing for her. Congratulations on her success. As women we have to go that extra mile. Real facts!

Mister hacker Hack bot

Aug 8, 2019, 12:33 am Reply

Her face make me not hungry

Luke Chapman

Aug 8, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

Fuck her

mia lemun

Aug 8, 2019, 12:35 am Reply

even after hearing all of this……..I still can't like her I don't know why plus this narrator sucking the shit outta cardi's ass

Weerdouu

Aug 8, 2019, 1:41 am Reply

PRESS PRESS PRESS PRESS PRESS

Valerie Anne

Aug 8, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

I didnt used to like Cardi mostly cuz of her voice it annoyed me but after she did that song with Maroon 5 I'm OBSESSED!! Cardi you are truly a rappin GODDESS

Martine Arrington

Aug 8, 2019, 5:07 am Reply

Cardi b is an embarrassment to the black community.

Lisa T-Wright

Aug 8, 2019, 5:44 am Reply

I do get why they put that cornrow wig on Cardi & pulled it halfway down her ears, instead of just braiding her hair (with extensions). ????

NaiNation161

Aug 8, 2019, 5:56 am Reply

This is a really informative video about Cardi B, which I appreciate, but it barely has anything to do with the title?.

Johnny Brown

Aug 8, 2019, 10:06 am Reply

Wow cardi b is actually part Trinidadian like Nikki manaj

Ed Alveno

Aug 8, 2019, 10:44 am Reply

Much respect #empressCardib ?

Andres Daniel

Aug 8, 2019, 10:46 am Reply

Wow, color me shocked

Ed Alveno

Aug 8, 2019, 10:59 am Reply

Nicki the biggest FRAUD ever tho.. It's obvious that lame biatch, used that poor guy Safaree, as her personal ghost writer, hype man & got some free dick outta him too! Fuck that fuckin fake ass fraudulent bitch!! I like Remy Ma's diss track about her too tho????

Sandy Patron

Aug 8, 2019, 11:26 am Reply

All this is a lie

Rosa Ortega

Aug 8, 2019, 1:12 pm Reply

Feel sorry for your SOUL CARDI THEY GOT YOU!!

Renee Burton

Aug 8, 2019, 3:02 pm Reply

??????

Dorothy Mays-Pitts

Aug 8, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

Do not forget Little Kim Missy and so many other Black Rappers and not Cardi B made the Rap game it’s time for the system to stop ? playing Blacks and Island/Carribeans people against each other. Taylor Swift got booted as well. Let talent be talent and stop ? the confrontations and enjoy. DP. I like Cardi and she and Allset relationship and Little Kulture is icing on the cake ? the baby already has signs of talented skills. DPitts ???

Bianca Carter

Aug 8, 2019, 5:45 pm Reply

I love who she’s become children grow real mothers up

Sharon Williams

Aug 8, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

You could have said husband instead of partner

Kristel sil

Aug 8, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

Boo hoo

ayan mohamed

Aug 8, 2019, 9:01 pm Reply

low key cardi maybe be somali with that muslim name

Dayna Davis

Aug 8, 2019, 12:12 am Reply

You kind a look like shenseha love you cardi

Ariel El Lunatiko

Aug 8, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

people think that she busted her ass for fame yeah ok she had to do more then that nobody knows what goes behind the scene .. and says she is a rap goddess please her shit was writtin your a beast when you do it on your own … smh how people be so fooled and not doing deep research

Sassy Green

Aug 8, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

No suprize. Nobody looks how the really look these days. Guess it's not enough to be yourself.

The popo Werdzz

Aug 8, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

Imagine picking on one of the futures top ten greatest rappers in the industry…feel like a dick now?

BTS LIVER AND LOVER

Aug 8, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

I love cardi b songs but the part where she said “blood sweet and tears”
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Army…anyone…just me okay imma leave

Cayla Benjamin

Aug 8, 2019, 1:01 pm Reply

Uhh why no one talking about the
Reason why it blow up was she sold her soul to the devil ?

Spun Hunnie

Aug 8, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

The narrator needs to find a gig doing an after school special or something….

William Hanna

Aug 8, 2019, 1:22 pm Reply

This gurl needs incredibly well done make up so she should not be crap talking her make up artists because when she runs out of them her career is overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

Gergő Piroska

Aug 8, 2019, 1:34 pm Reply

Anyu azt mondta..

Livia Silva

Aug 8, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

i was like ooh shit i was like bitch you didnt oh no you didnt

Joshua Green

Aug 8, 2019, 6:43 pm Reply

Shes ugly

I Am Beautiful

Aug 8, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

This is only fortunate for you. Idk how this reached in my recommendations but stop praising celebrities . Do you praise God this way? Someone get a more realistic narrator without self esteem issues. Still respect Cardi but get real

Alexandra Carri

Aug 8, 2019, 1:26 am Reply

Lol “We ain’t doing that Gansta Party today!”

Cat Kay

Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

I love cardi b for her honesty, even if you don’t agree with what she does or what she thinks, she is more honest than most of us

Oakland’s Ghostly

Aug 8, 2019, 1:48 am Reply

I want to apologize to Salt and Pepper Queen Latifah MC Lyte just to name a few I don't think you guys ever got that kind of award but you sure deserve it you empowered a lot of people and please don't let me forget Yo-Yo yes Yo-Yo she was a role model then and is a role model in 2019 changing the world where is her award oh she'll never get one because she's black…yikes

Karla Dominique

Aug 8, 2019, 3:28 am Reply

lmao shes still annoying

GORILLA ITA

Aug 8, 2019, 3:48 am Reply

Wat fuckin work she don't ✍
Y'all destroyed hiphop ??

Aurora 131313

Aug 8, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

Now do Madonna, and Kris Jenner

AWSOME SQUAD

Aug 8, 2019, 12:22 pm Reply

Y u hatin on cardi b shut the fuck up

Hayden Obermeier

Aug 8, 2019, 12:24 pm Reply

5:01 Manj keep nicki out of dis listen to what she said trynna set up manaj in dis studio

Mariam K

Aug 8, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

i thought she was only Dominican.

Tanya Davis

Aug 8, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply

Cardi is truly a genuine person. I love her spirit, her originality, and personality. Her daughter is beautiful. Stay blessed Cardi. Keep making that good music.

Jamie ModelVsDirector

Aug 8, 2019, 5:37 pm Reply

I never knew she had Trinidad explains her Coily hair

Jamie ModelVsDirector

Aug 8, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

Partner??? Her husband!!!

ThankYou NEXT

Aug 8, 2019, 6:25 pm Reply

Why was this recommended for me honnie ,danny pick a name…nope I ain't looked at it….

Goodvibes868 H

Aug 8, 2019, 8:33 pm Reply

I never knew she had Trinidadian in her

Sasha Nicholle

Aug 8, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply

Cardi Nd offset are fucking amazing together

Asa Gonzales

Aug 8, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

Nicki is one of the most famous female rapper lol she's QUEEN?

Willi V.

Aug 8, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

Sounds good.

Mary Petrauskas

Aug 8, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

she always had that tard face

lightdarklovehate

Aug 8, 2019, 1:48 am Reply

She's a titty dancer

India Ruffin

Aug 8, 2019, 1:20 pm Reply

Sure asthma ?all that damn surgery so quick to ignite her fast moving career she had to hurry to because her time don't last long they come and go. There's always a next.

India Ruffin

Aug 8, 2019, 1:21 pm Reply

Everyone gets picked on. Because scar raised the patents who burned these children . ?am she dropped out because she was not happy she was like any other person an she begged to differ so she got a spot in the reality business where they told her to try first

India Ruffin

Aug 8, 2019, 1:25 pm Reply

If she liked her body shed have her body . not the bidy she wanted she loves the body she paid for ,its hers okay yea, because like clothing we all buy , she has to wear it , not us. She wasnt showing that body off that love and hip hop had her working with. ,she eaenwd her spot becaue she knows what they needed an thry needed her to do what she wanted. ????wash my back I wash yours. Get me out of this and I will do that . ?despair an they than talk like this success oh god this is the influence and idea they want us all to beleive in so we all feel like fish that are trying to climb a tree.

RA HORUS

Aug 8, 2019, 2:13 pm Reply

Probably born a boy.

vortexstar

Aug 8, 2019, 3:48 pm Reply

Carbi b sold her soul to the ? devil. Thats what happened!

mizzy miz

Aug 8, 2019, 3:31 am Reply

Booooo

Shallyine Lal

Aug 8, 2019, 4:26 am Reply

???

Franchesca Zamora

Aug 8, 2019, 6:05 am Reply

U basically quoted a whole other source the whole video

Mocha S

Aug 8, 2019, 7:25 am Reply

Stfu

Oscar Mejia

Aug 8, 2019, 8:52 am Reply

Alot of ppl that dont understand living in poverty. Wont understand unkess you live in poverty at a young age. Theres no such thing as a person with a heart, theres no such thing as bullying, in the hood cyber bullying and bullying is so much of a joke to ppl in the hood cuhz life is way much tougher.

D V

Aug 8, 2019, 1:04 am Reply

She is Ugly and can’t stand her mouth

Coco Loco

Aug 8, 2019, 1:05 am Reply

I don’t like Cardi much but poor her 🙁
But this reminded me how awesome she actually is and when I loved her,dang I’m crazy

Princess Di

Aug 8, 2019, 1:12 am Reply

Why are so many people glorifying her. She is filthy and is spreading that vileness to our children. She has no class, no talent…Really OMG somebody help!!!!

Na’Kyla Delgado

Aug 8, 2019, 1:16 am Reply

Are yall slow….

Phoebe Lily

Aug 8, 2019, 2:05 pm Reply

She still cute tho

xxKHAOSxx

Aug 8, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

This girl was and still is ratchet

Maggie F.

Aug 8, 2019, 12:30 am Reply

Y’all did her dirty with the thumbnail lolll

Cosmic Soul

Aug 8, 2019, 9:19 am Reply

Wow! People subscribe to no talent, it's all a game and these people are simply porn pieces! Literally!!!

jujulovebean65

Aug 8, 2019, 3:43 pm Reply

She was interested in academics??? Then why does she sound like she didn’t make it past 4th grade? What’s with that narrator?

Daisy Pearl

Aug 8, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

I really like Cardi alot probably the only Hellywood celebrity I like…but u cant tell me you dont see that she belongs to them….all that symbolism they make her use…

Louise Star

Aug 8, 2019, 9:17 pm Reply

Cardi is NOT pretty. NOT.

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