How is a role model supposed to act? Whatever the traditional answer is, Cardi B is challenging that. The rapper wants to establish that, yes, she can be a role model because she’s politically vocal and calls out injustices, but she can also be one for embracing her sexuality in her work, no matter how explicit her lyrics may be. She put it simply in her latest Billboard cover story: “I’m not hurting nobody because I love my pussy and want to rap about it.”
Dubbed the publication’s Woman of the Year, Cardi admitted that she “definitely” still struggles with being a role model, especially if she says something controversial. “If you have the unpopular comment, then you’re in the wrong. So you gotta be careful with what comes out of your mouth,” the famously unfiltered star said.
“Am I a role model? I know I’m a role model because I know there’s a lot of women like me,” she continued. “At the end of the day, I know I’m a bitch that made it through because I work my ass off, not because luck fell on my thighs.”
If you think Cardi is going to hold back on the NSFW lyrics anytime soon—”WAP” anyone?—think again. “I want to show people that you can do positive things, but you can also be yourself,” she said. “I’m a very sexual person. I love sex, and I like to rap about it. I like to do it. I admire my husband’s penis. I love pussy, and I love my body, and I want to be able to express that. I’m just a naughty girl, and I’m not hurting nobody because I love my pussy and want to rap about it.”
The Grammy winner also spoke about the comparisons and higher standards women in the music industry face. “I don’t want to be like, ‘Oh, female artists, we have it hard.’ But we do fucking be having it mad hard!” she said. “I could be bumping to one bitch’s music, and the next day, people are telling you, ‘Oh, this girl is better than Cardi. She’s gonna end Cardi.’ I hate that y’all do that. Why do you want me to argue and not like this girl?”
She added that she “was getting chewed up” recently because she referred to herself with the r-word. Continuing, she said, “They want you to be Mother Teresa, they want you to put out music, and they want you to look a certain way. It’s like, ‘Y’all gotta chill—I’m just a regular-degular bitch, man.'”
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