Cardi B has no shame about her former life as an exotic dancer, which she resorted to before reaching chart-topping stardom to escape an abusive relationship.
In the April issue of Cosmopolitan, the rapper addressed why she’s open to speaking about her pole-dancing days: “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on… Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain,” she told the magazine.
According to PEOPLE, the Grammy-nominated artist fully embraces her past, she confessed her mother wasn’t pleased with her means of making money back then. “When my mom found out I was a dancer, she was pretty upset,” Cardi revealed to drag queen Naomi Smalls in a video for Cosmpolitan.com.
Her mom’s disapproval only pushed the Bronx-native to strive for more: “Me knowing that she used to hate it, it didn’t allow me to get comfortable with what I was doing.”