Woman Crush Wednesday: Cardi B

Afro American Rapper, Cardi B is our woman crush for the week. Born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar on the 11th of October, 1992 in Manhattan, New York City. Little is known about her family but records show, she is the daughter to a Dominican father and Trinidadian and Spanish mother.

She has a younger sister, Hennessy Carolina Almanzar who made several appearances alongside Cardi B on reality televion series Love & Hip Hop: New York. She attended Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology and Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she eventually dropped out. Cardi B spent much her youth in her grandmother’s home in Washington Heights.

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Younger Cardi B at 18
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At the age of the 16, she became a member of the Bloods and by 19 she was a stripper after being fired from the supermarket where she worked. The stage name Cardi B was formed from the Bacardi rum a name, which she was often called.

Cardi B first became an internet sensation after several of her posts and videos on Instagram went viral. She became part of VH1 reality tv show, Love & Hip Hop: New York making her debut in the sixth season. The sixth and seventh seasons saw her incredible rise to fame and just after two seasons, she announced that she would live the show to begin a career in music. She is tagged the breakout star of the show sixth season by supposedly feminine magazine, Jezebel.

Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow
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Cardi made her musical debut by featuring on Jamaican reggae singer, Shaggy’s remix to his single”Boom Boom” which also featured Popcaan. She released her first single “Bodak Yellow” which became one of the hit track of 2017.

The single which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for several months eventually reached the number one spot on the chart. This made Cardi B the first female rapper to reach the number one spot with a solo single since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and also the first Dominican artist to reach the number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “Bodak Yellow” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

She has collaborated in several songs which includes, “No Limit” with Chris Brown and “Motosports” which featured the Migos and Nicki Minaj. Her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy was released on the 6th of April, 2018 and was tagged one of the best albums of the millennium by The New York Times.

Cardi B at the Grammys

Cardi B has received several nominations and awards as well. Amongst her Awards include the award for the Best Single of the Year at 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and four other awards, she also bagged three awards at the 2018 MTV Music Video Awards, three at the 2018 American Music Awards where she also performed. In 2019 she won a Grammy for the Best Rap Album as a solo artist at the 61st Grammy Awards. She also six awards at the Billboard Music Awards giving her a total of seven BMA, which is the most by any female rapper. She has earned two Guinness World Records: Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot 100 entries by a female and Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female.

Cardi B, Offset and Kulture
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Cardi B is married to fellow rapper Offset and the have a daughter together, Kulture Kiari Cephus. The duo started dating publicly during the start of 2017 and Offset engaged her on the 27th of October. They got married in a secret wedding at their bedroom, this was revealed by TMZ on July 25, 2018.

Although Cardi announced that they had broken up, the duo was seen at the Grammys together. Cardi B is Catholic and has always mentioned that she shares a strong relationship with God. She even mentioned that she communicates directly with God. Celebrity Net Worth put her worth at  $26 million.

This week, she earned our spot as our woman crush #WCW because of attitude and character to rise and keep moving forward.

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