Cardi B’s 1-year-old daughter Kulture joined her mom on the cover of Vogue for their January 2020 issue, where the singer talks motherhood and, as per usual, isn’t afraid to tell us what she really thinks. Cardi B’s confidence has always been inspiring, and that’s true more than ever in this new, unfiltered interview. She knows that you may have issues with her family and her feminism, and for the first time, she reveals how that makes her feel.
So much of what we see of Cardi is pure performance, but Cardi’s interview for the January issue of Vogue shows her in a rare introspective moment, “When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,” Cardi told the magazine. “But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down.”
Despite feeling that pressure, Cardi maintains she did what was right for her marriage: “People that be in marriages for years, when they say till death do us part, they not talking about little arguments like if you leave the fridge open. That’s including everything,” she contests. And when she got pregnant with Kulture, she faced a whole new round of criticism.
“A lot of people was like, oh, he has three kids already; why would you have a kid with somebody that have three kids? And it’s like, how is that such a bad thing?” Cardi asks. “My dad has eight kids, and we all get along, and it feels better, fuller. And with Offset, I feel like his kids just bring a pop of fun to life when they’re in his house. I actually love it. It brings out a different side of him that I like to see, and I love to see my baby interacting with her siblings. The more the merrier.”
And Cardi knows that her choice to stay with Offset isn’t the first time she’s been criticized for not being the “right kind” of feminist. “Women always want to talk about feminism and supporting everybody, except if it doesn’t fit your category of what to support,” Cardi explains. “Certain women that claim they are feminists only think that a certain type of woman should represent that. Like oh, you have to have a college degree, and you have to fucking be, practically, like, a senator or Mother Teresa or a Christian holy woman. No, you do not. Feminism means being equal to a man. And I am.”
There’s that inspiring confidence we were talking about: Cardi knows that she’s a feminist, and nothing she sees written about her on the internet is going to change that. Similarly, she knows that there have been comments suggesting her “ratchet” persona must be at odds with being a good parent — and she’s calling bullsh*t.
“I could shake my ass, I could be the most ratchet-est person ever, I could get into a fight tomorrow, but I’m still a great mom. All the time I’m thinking about my kid,” she says. “I’m shaking my ass, but at the same time I’m doing business, I’m on the phone with my business manager saying, make sure that a percentage of my check goes to my kid’s trust. I give my daughter so much love, and I’m setting her up for a future.”
According to Vogue, Cardi always wanted to be a mom by age 25. It’s been a huge source of motivation for the Hustlers star: “Knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids,” she explains. As for what a “good future” might entail, Cardi is flexible — but she does have one rule.
“If my daughter wants to go to college, that’s okay,” she says. “But I just want her to be an owner of whatever the fuck she wants to own. Just be an owner. Be the boss.”