Ever since Cardi B's smash hit 'Bodak Yellow', many folks are wondering who tf the mystery rapper is and more importantly, how she managed to climb the charts. If you've listened to her chart-topping track, you'll know that Cardi used to an exotic dancer with an 'IDGAF' attitude that soon built her a mass following on the video-sharing platform, Vine.
Cardi's short clips were so attention-grabbing that they began to get millions upon millions of views on both Vine and Instagram, making her a social media star. After getting a good agent, Cardi got a spot on Love and Hip-Hop: New York, which would later lead her to writing and recording music. But in-between Cardi's humble beginnings and rise to fame, there were plenty of things about the star's history that you'd be surprised to hear about.
1. Her most notable job - other than stripping - was working in an Amish supermarket
THIS was the job that Cardi held down before going to dance. Her manager actually suggested that she start dancing to gain more revenue and boy did she ever.
2. Her real name isn't Cardi B
It's Belcalis Almanzari. Cardi says her sister was nicked 'Hennessy" therefore by association, people started calling her Bacardi which she then shortened to Cardi and the B stands for "whatever [she's] feeling that day."
3. She actually danced so she could move away from an abusive boyfriend
Cardi says that she took to stripping to get enough money to move out on her own away from an abusive ex while also going back to school. While Cardi didn't stay in college for long, she did escape a toxic living situation.
4. She still shops in the Bronx
"As long as it's a good quality shoe, you can wear a fucking $10 dress. As long as it fits you good. I still shop in the Bronx, always in Fordam. That's where you find all the thotty dresses and everything else."
5. She's not a typical romantic
Cardi's idea of a date is going to the club, having some drinks and "getting fucked crazy later." She's really into seeing girls make money and throwing it around.
6. She's engaged to Migos star, OFFSET
7. She truly believes you need to spend money to make money
"When I was a dancer, I spent a lot of money to look good. To look like an illusion. The strip club is a fantasy. When guys come, they don't want to see girls that look like their cousins, they want that illusion." This could be Cardi referencing her plastic surgery - the singer got her teeth fixed along with breast and button enhancement surgery to make herself more physically attractive.
8. She was once called "The Michelle Obama of The Hood"
Cardi says that she tries to inspire girls from the hood by speaking in a more colloquial way, so that people will understand her.
9. She has 6 half-siblings and 1 full sister, Hennessy
10. The first celebrity to repost one of her videos was Bobby Shmurda
11. Her first language is actually Spanish
Because her parents first language is Spanish, they wanted Cardi to be able to speak their native tongue even though she grew up in New York.
12. She's very religious
"If you personally know me, you know I spread the word of God." People doubt her relationship with God because of her troubled past, but Cardi maintains that "God knows her" and has given her guidance.
13. She's thankful for her strip-club roots
Cardi says her career stripping opened up a lot of doors for her, making enough money for her to support herself. She also met her manager in the strip-club, who she says is "like a father to me."
14. Believe it or not, she's really shy
She said she was initially scared about collaborating with male artists because she didn't think she could hang-out with them without bad press circulating. As much as Cardi wanted to work with certain artists, she was nervous about rumours spreading about her sleeping with male artists to get collaborations.