Cardi B has remained relatively quiet since her Grammy noms and performance with Bruno Mars earlier this year, but after revealing that her debut album will be arriving in April it looks like Cardi season will be in full effect again. Today, she appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, and in an interview she spoke on how she's been able to remain sane under fame's lens and why it's important that all women are treated with the same amount of respect.
In the interview, Cardi didn't shy away from her past as a stripper and she never has. For her, respect is respect regardless of your occupation. "…Y'all don't respect me because of it, and y'all going to respect these strippers from now on," she says.
Elsewhere, she explains that in the midst of the #MeToo movement, the conversation around sexual misconduct has almost exclusively favored affluent women—and that she believes the same respect should be afforded to all women. The Bronx rapper also expressed some skepticism about the men who are vocal in the movement.“These producers and directors, they’re not woke," she says. "They’re scared."
A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a fuck. When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their dicks out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.’
She also revealed her choice to continue her engagement to Offset, following rumors of infidelity.
It’s like everybody is coming down my neck, like, ‘Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem.’ I don’t have low self-esteem. Bitch, I know I look good. I know I’m rich, I know I’m talented. I know I could get any man I want—any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my shit with my man, and I don’t got to explain why. I’m not your property. This is my life.
Life has changed and Cardi is anything but the regular degular girl she once branded herself as. Her position in fame's crosshairs means life isn't the same for her anymore, and that is taking some getting used to.
I don’t want to sound like I’m ungrateful, but it’s exhausting. I love my career now, but it’s like my spirit was happier before. When I was dancing, I had so much fun. I felt powerful in the club. I felt free.
Cardi doesn't seem to be at a loss for words and with a debut album on the horizon, it seems like she has a lot of ammo to let loose in the booth. Read the full interview at Cosmopolitan.
Kristin Corry is a staff writer at Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.