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Cardi B Says It's "Insulting" to Be Paid Less Than White Colleagues in the Music and Fashion Industry


Just four months ago, the “Be Careful” rapper defended her collection of designer handbags—most notably, her many Hermès Birkin bags—after a tweet went viral for criticizing Black women for purchasing luxury items, horribly suggesting they “depreciate the value of a Hermés Birkin bag.”

“Why is it that y’all asking female rappers if they could get a bag from the Hermès store?” Cardi fired back in an Instagram video last October. “Y’all don’t do this to these white celebrities… So why is it that y’all gotta be asking us.”

“Another thing is that they’re saying that we depreciate the value,” she continued. “Actually, we add value because in hip-hop, when we mention brands in hip-hop, they s–t go up.”

In fact, Cardi pointed out that when she mentioned Balenciaga in her chart-topping tune “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, their sales increased.

“They s–t went up, too,” she explained, “and that’s why they worked with me this year.





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