See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn’t know

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

 

Her real name is Belcalis Almanzar.
Although we know her as Cardi B, true fans know that the musician has a much longer moniker: Belcalis Almanzar. Both names are Spanish translations of Arabic words. Belcalis is thought to be a reference to the Queen of Sheba, while Almanzar—from the Arabic “al mandhar”— apparently translates to “lookout point” or “watchtower.”

 

Her mom is from Trinidad and her dad hails from the Dominican Republic.
The rapper’s mother and father come from Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, respectively. Being raised by two working parents in Highbridge, South Bronx—a predominantly Latino neighborhood—Cardi B grew up surrounded by multicultural influences.

 

 

She was born and raised in the South Bronx—and is proud of her roots.
Like many Bronx-born rappers, Cardi B is proud of her hood and credits her upbringing for her success as a rapper. “It’s a great experience,” she told AM New York of her life growing up in the South Bronx. “I wouldn’t be able to rap about the things that I rap about now [if I hadn’t grown up there].”

 

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

She doesn’t have a driver’s license.
Although Cardi flaunted her new set of wheels on social media, she admitted she doesn’t have a license or know how to drive.

 

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

“I don’t even have a f*cking license,” the rapper said in an Instagram-live selfie after she bought herself a car. “How do you expect me to know how to drive when I’ve taken the train my whole life?” City kids can relate.

Her nickname Cardi B is short for Bacardi.
But the famed Cardi B stage name didn’t actually originate from the rapper’s birth name, Belcalis Almanzar. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Cardi B explained that her title is actually short for Bacardi (the rum).

 

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

“My sister’s name is Hennessy,” Cardi B explained to the talk show host. “So everyone used to call me Bacardi, and I started calling myself Bacardi,” which eventually was shorted to Cardi B.

Fittingly, she has a sister named Hennessy.
Cardi B garnered the Bacardi nickname due to the fact that her parents named her sister Hennessy, like the brandy.

 

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

Back in the day, Cardi B worked as a cashier at an Amish Market.
One thing many people don’t know about Cardi B: as a teenager, she worked the cash register at an Amish Market in TriBeCa, on a salary of $250/week.

Then, she briefly worked as a stripper—per her market manager’s suggestion.
The rapper was fired from her position at the Manhattan deli when she was nineteen, and her manager suggested she try a different career path. “He was like, ‘You’re so pretty, you got a nice body,'” Cardi told Fader. “He told me to go across the street to New York Dolls, the strip club. That’s when I started stripping.”

 

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

Cardi invested the money she made stripping to get her rapping career off the ground.
Cardi B saved up the money she made as a stripper in hopes that she’d eventually save up enough to invest money in her music career and make her own mixtape.

She got plastic surgery when she was just 19 years old.
On social media, Cardi B has spoken candidly about the hate she’s received for having cosmetic procedures done in the past. The rapper admitted that she had her first surgeries done in the hope that she would make more money as a nineteen-year-old dancer.

 

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

Cardi B is humbled by her social media following.
Even before she made it musically or became a reality tv show star, Cardi B was climbing the ranks of social media celebrity. Because of her “humungous” personality and “stream-of-consciousness genius,” Cardi amassed thousands of followers on social media. But when asked how it makes her feel to have such a large community behind her (51.5 million people on Instagram alone), the rapper told W: “Like, I can’t believe they love…me? What’s so great about me?”

 

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

Her all-time idol is Madonna.
Obviously a member of the Bey Hive, Cardi B actually strays further from her genre when it comes to her favorite musician: Madonna. “I met my real life IDOL Madonna,” the rapper wrote in an Instagram post. “I can’t even believe I performed at her event and it was the most meaningful performance ever,” she gushed.

She’s a fast food fangirl.
On her Instagram, Cardi B posted a video documenting her love for McDonald’s and her pure excitement after receiving a gift card to the golden arches fast food joint. “Imma buy a hunned chicken nuggets, bro,” the rapper told her fans.

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

Her daughter has some famous playmates.
In February 2020, Cardi B and her daughter, Kulture, attended StormiWorld to celebrate Stormi Webster’s birthday. On Instagram, the rapper joked, “Kulture making some rich friends and eating all the foods.” We see a lip kit collab in Kulture’s future.

 

See Secrets Things About Cardi B Most Fans Didn't know

Her peacock tattoo had a makeover.
Cardi B has an unmistakeable peacock tattoo, and the singer decided to give her ink some TLC on its ten year anniversary. Sharing a before and after photo on Instagram, the singer wrote, “So after ten years I gave my peacock tattoo a makeover.This whole week I been takin hours of pain getting tatted 😩😂. Thank you @jamie_schene.”

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