Cardi B is a feminist through-and-through because she can do anything a man can do.
The famously outspoken superstar was an open book in a new interview with i-D magazine. “Being a feminist is such a great thing and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that,” the rapper said. “But then some people are smart but they don’t have no common sense.”
“They think feminism is great and only a woman that can speak properly, that has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only Michelle Obama can be a feminist,” continued Cardi B.
Feminism is a simple equation, the “Finesse (Remix)” collaborator explained. ‘Being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man,” she continued. “I’m equal to a n***a. Anything a man can do, I can do. I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”
Cardi B, 25, also talked about her previous life as a stripper. “The first time I stripped I was really embarrassed,” she confessed. “I felt like I could hear my parents in the back of my mind.
“When I gave my first lap dance all the girls were looking at me to see if I was doing something wrong ’cause I ain’t know how to do a lap dance,” she continued. “But I felt so disgusted.”
Painting a vivid — and uncomfortable — picture, Cardi B said, “They can’t touch you in your private parts and they’re not supposed to touch you at all, but sometimes a man would caress me on my arm and I would hear them breathe so heavy in my ear. It just disgusted me.”
“After a while, I didn’t even care anymore,” she said. “I was seeing [the] money that I feel like I would’ve never seen ever. At first, I started off making $200 or $300, sometimes not making money at all because you’ve gotta pay your house fee and my house fees were very expensive.”
But the money started rolling in: “After I got good at it there were nights where I would leave with $2,000 or $3,000. When I was 21 I had $20,000 saved up. When I was 22 I already had $35,000 saved — in singles.”
Cardi B’s stellar year in the hip-hop game saw her receive two Grammy nominations.