Bronx rapper Cardi B has done quite a few fashion editorials, a lot of which have been good but not amazing. Props to i-D, which managed to show the 24-year old in a chic new light, shooting a black and white editorial combining looks by Off-White, Yeezy, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Lynn Ban, Ileaka Makri, Bijoules along with vintage Gucci and Fendi.
In the article, Cardi discussed her New York come up, noting she’s always had her mind on her money. “I thought I could be a history teacher one day, but what turned me off was when they told me what you get paid. I didn’t like that,” she told i-D. “And you know what else? A teacher also told me my English is not that good. ‘You need to speak a certain way.'”
Never afraid to speak her mind on weighty topics, Cardi also weighed in on the power of black people to influence the culture. “I don’t give a fuck if the fashion comes from a runway or if a Caucasian woman is walking it, once a colored person wears something, that’s when everybody wants to wear it,” she said. “We always influence. When you see the Olympics, who always wins? Colored folks. We win everything. We are a big influence and people want to take that shit away. People like Donald Trump, they’re always going to make us feel like we’re less. But it’s okay, because a bitch like me knows the truth. It don’t matter if the government and the Republicans try to make us feel like we’re not, ’cause we is. I know the truth.”
Shot by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and styled by Carlos Nazario, check out additional images below.