Belcalis Almanzar, better known by her stage name Cardi B is a Rapper, Singer and Songwriter from The Bronx, New York. She is a former stripper of Dominican and Trinidadian descent. She is part of the cast of Love and Hip Hop. The nickname Cardi is short for Bacardi (like the rum) – a testament to her Caribbean heritage. Cardi dropped out of college and began stripping at age 18, though she has since retired from the profession. One of the reasons she started stripping was to avoid domestic violence.
Cardi B’s celebrity started long before she was cast in Love and Hip Hop. The former stripper used her social media profiles to drop videos speaking the truth about her life experiences with absolutely no filter. Her honesty has garnered her hundreds of thousands of followers and collectively her 30 second videos have gone viral with over 1 million views.
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