Cardi B opened up about her body image issues when she was younger and how plastic surgery made her feel “so vindicated,” in a recent interview.
Mariah Carey and Cardi B had a very insightful conversation for Interview’s March 2021 cover story, in which, Cardi was very candid about the body insecurities she faced growing up in the Bronx.
I’m Trini and I’m Dominican, and there’s a lot of Dominicans that look a certain type of way. They have soft, pretty, curly hair. Growing up, guys would ask me weird questions like, ‘If you’re Dominican, why is your hair so nappy?’ I used to dye my hair, and people used to be like, ‘Oh, your hair’s so crunchy.’ And it would make me feel so weird.
In the Bronx, it’s about being thick and having an ass, so young boys would be like, ‘Look at your flat ass. You ain’t got no titties.’
And it would make me feel so ugly and undeveloped.
Even when I was 18 and became a dancer, I had enough money to afford to buy boobs, so every insecurity that I felt about my breasts was gone.
When I was 20, I went to the urban strip club, and in the urban strip clubs, you had to have a big butt. So I felt insecure about that. It took me back to high school.
So I got my ass done. And then I felt super confident.
Cardi also admitted to having to learn how to properly care for her hair after damaging it with bleach and perms in the past.
Now I make my own hair mask and take care of my natural hair, and it makes me feel better, like what people were saying about me isn’t true. My hair was not bad because it was nappy. My hair was bad because I didn’t know how to take care of it.