She’s real! Rapper Cardi B is proud of where she comes from, which is why she will be the first to tell anyone that she used to be a stripper. Her career as a stripper led her to her stint on Seasons 7 and 8 of VH1’s hit reality TV series Love & Hip Hop: New York, and that success would later help her single “Bodak Yellow” hit No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart. Now that her hip-hop career is taking off, she’s opening up about her stripping past, and she’s opening up about her own #MeToo moment working in the hip-hop industry.
“People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it,'” Cardi revealed in an interview with Cosmo. “Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on.”
Cardi briefly went on to explain that she wants to teach people that just because she used to be a stripper that she isn’t smart or she can’t be opinionated or “woke” about things like police brutality, racism, or even the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, where actors and actresses have come forward to tell their stories about sexual harassment they’ve experienced from executives in the movie industry.
But Cardi revealed that sexual harassment doesn’t just happen in Hollywood — it also happens in the music industry, and it’s happened to Cardi. She said that before her hip-hop career took off, she was an aspiring music video vixen and she met a lot of women in that industry have experienced sexual harassment. Cardi doubts that the #MeToo movement will do anything to change that behavior from happening in hip-hop.
“A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a f–k,” she said. “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 d–ks 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.'”