CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: CARDI B. OPENS ABOUT FAME, FAMILY, BEING A SEXY MOM FOR THE SPRING FASHION ISSUE OF HARPER'S BAZAAR 2019
Photographs by Mariano Vivanco; Fashion Editor: Kollin Carter
Cover Story By: Vanessa Grigoriadis
Hair: Tokyo Stylez; Makeup: Erika La Pearl for Pat McGrath Labs; Manicure: Chelsea King; Production: Joey Battaglia for LOLA Production; Set Design: Gille Mills.
Brief Excerpt From Cover Story by: Vanessa Grigoriadis
A tiny, makeup-less sprite in magenta leggings and a playful Moschino sweatshirt, Cardi talks about where she’s at today. On one hand, she says, “I feel like my life is a fairy tale and I’m a princess—rags to riches, people trying to sabotage,” she says. But she also complains fervently about being over the fairy-tale life and wanting peace and quiet. “Before, I cared about everything—relationship, gossip. Now I don’t feel like I have the time to please people,” she explains. “I don’t care about anything anymore—just my career and my kid.” What about money, the thing she raps about caring for quite a bit? “Well, I care about my career because of my money,” Cardi says, giving me a “c’mon, stupid” face.
“Before,” in this context, means before the tectonic shifts that have taken place in Cardi’s life in the past year: that she became a global superstar; relocated from New York to Atlanta to live with the charismatic rapper Offset, her new husband; gave birth to an unplanned but much loved daughter, Kulture Kiari, in July; then, five months later, after the drip-drip-drip of rumors about Offset’s infidelity, announced on Instagram that the marriage was over.