Published Mar 20, 2018Cardi B is the latest star to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan, and the "Bodak Yellow" rapper used the platform to stand up for the women being ignored by the ongoing #MeToo movement.
Cardi spoke candidly about her past as a stripper in New York, in an attempt to humanize the women who still make a living (and a pretty good one) doing it — and to give them the respect she feels they deserve, but rarely get.
"People say, 'Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it,'" she told Cosmo. "Because y'all don't respect me because of it, and y'all going to respect these strippers from now on."
It's not the only group of women that Cardi feels has been sidelined in the backlash against sexual assault in the entertainment industry. She pointed out that female video performers are often subjected to inappropriate behaviour on the sets of hip-hop videos — something she knows from first-hand experience.
"A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a fuck," she said. "When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, 'You want to be on the cover of this magazine?' Then they pull their dicks out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, 'So what? You're a ho. It don't matter.'"
Cardi also called out the guys who are backing #MeToo, questioning their intentions with public support of the movement.
"These producers and directors," she said. "They're not woke, they're scared."
Read the full Cosmopolitan interview with Cardi B here.
As previously reported, the rapper's debut album is expected to arrive sometime next month. See the full list of her upcoming tour dates with Bruno Mars over here.