Unless it’s Vogue, Cardi B don’t need more press.
The “I Like It” rapper made history as the first female rapper to cover the United States cover of Vogue. The shoot, which was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, features Cardi in a red and white a Michael Kors dress and matching red Jimmy Choo pumps. The rapper is holding her daughter, Kulture. She is one of four celebrity mothers who posed alongside their children for January’s issue.
While Cardi may look fabulous and fierce on the cover, in her interview with the magazine, she gets candid about struggling with the pros and cons of fame while being a mother and wife.
In the interview, she talks about how being a mom brings her back to why she’s even in the industry in the first place. “Being a mom — how can I say it? Things are a little bit harder to balance, but it’s good for the mental,” Cardi shared. “Like, if I’m playing with my daughter, I forget about the issues.”
Cardi also gets personal about the highs and lows of her marriage to rapper, Offset. “When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,” Cardi explains. “But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down. People that be in marriages for years, when they say till death do us part, they not talking about little arguments like if you leave the fridge open. That’s including everything.”
Cardi B is the first solo woman to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album. “Bodak Yellow,” her breakout single from 2017, became the first number one hit by a solo female rapper, since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing).” She is currently working on her second album, which is scheduled for release early 2020.
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Our fourth January cover star is @iamcardib! Between motherhood, a new album, and the scrutiny of ever-escalating fame, how does Cardi B handle the pressure? Without apologies: “It’s hard for me to be soft, period,” she tells Vogue (among other things). Tap the link in our bio to read the full profile, written by @RobertJHaskell. Photographed by @annieleibovitz, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, January 2020.