Cardi B was named as an honoree on TIME’s 100 most influential people list. The Bronx singer frequently speaks of her humble beginnings and learning to be unashamed of the decisions she has made in life.
In a post on her Instagram, Cardi B wrote, “I can’t believe my life, my story [and] my personality influence people.” The 25-year-old talks about always being the black sheep of her family and having to find her footing in life. “I always knew I was different. I just had to find and believe in myself. [I’ve] been every type of woman: school girl, 9-5 girl, stripper, street b***h, fiancee, wild girl, everything! That’s why I don’t judge been there done that.”
Cardi B thanked Taraji P. Henson for writing about her authencity. The “Bodak Yellow” recently spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about growing up in The Bronx and liking her short time as a stripper. The mom-to-be has been vocal about becoming a stripper to escape an abusive relationship and how video vixens in her industry are voiceless in the fight against sexual harassment.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.