In a recent interview for Interview, Cardi B and Mariah Carey sat and chatted about the industry. During the sit-down, Cardi B got candid on the prejudice she has dealt with in the business.
Mariah asked Cardi, “Do you feel that the record industry or the fashion industry, from your perspective, is inherently racist?”
Cardi B responded and said, “I don’t know if I would use the word ‘racism,’ because everything is so technical right now. I have felt prejudice. I have been involved in endorsement deals, and then I found out that certain white people got more money for their deals from the same company. I do my research. I know how much money I made that company. My fans buy my s—. So it’s like, ‘When you’re not paying me what you’re paying these other people, why is that?’ It’s kind of insulting.”
“And then when it comes to fashion, hip-hop is a big influence. And yet, Black artists have the hardest time getting pulls from designers and the hardest time getting seats at their fashion shows, and barely get endorsed by big fashion brands that we literally make trend.”
Cardi B also talked about the people growing up that used to comment on her body and hair. Or, as Mariah Carey put it, the people who had something to say about her “flat a— and nappy hair.”
The rapper said, “I feel so vindicated. Even when I was 18 and became a dancer, I had enough money to afford to buy boobs, so every insecurity that I felt about my breasts was gone. When I was 20, I went to the urban strip club, and in the urban strip clubs, you had to have a big butt. So I felt insecure about that. It took me back to high school. So I got my a— done. And then I felt super confident.”
She lastly added, “When I was younger, I didn’t really know how to take care of my hair. So now I make my own hair mask and take care of my natural hair, and it makes me feel better, like what people were saying about me isn’t true. My hair was not bad because it was nappy. My hair was bad because I didn’t know how to take care of it.”
Read the full interview here.