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15 Times Cardi B Proved She's Worthy Of The "Fashion Icon" Moniker

Cardi B revealed that designers have denied the chance the work with her, but… how, Sway?

Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar is known and loved for her bold candor, which is effortlessly translated to her sense of style. The Bronx-bred Dominicana has turned heads and shocked the masses in a host of looks that your average Joanna would be too afraid to pull off. But, the Atlantic Records signee holds nothing back when it’s time to showcase her favorite ensemble. Whether she’s adorned in Queens native and beloved collaborator Laquan Smith, or Fashion Nova threads paired with luxury brand shoes, or smoothly draped in Gucci from head-to-toe, the rapper always shows out.

Surprisingly enough, the VIBE Viva digital cover star recently revealed in an interview with HotNewHipHop that many designers have turned down the opportunity to work with the rising fashionista. Despite the rejections, Cardi  asserts that she’s determined to change their minds about collaborating with her.

“[Designers] didn’t really wanna work with me,” she began. “I said to myself, you know what, I’m gonna buy their pieces until they wanna work with me… I’m gonna prove to them that I’m a fashion f**king icon.”

The Bronx native admits that fashion was always a passion of hers, but she never had the money – until now – to show out in the way she wanted to. In honor of helping out our favorite Gangsta B***h climb to her fashion icon moniker, we’ve put together a list of times Belcalis already proved she’s deserving of the title.

Callin my ugly ass nigga 🇬🇧

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Ms. Cardi B most likely was turning heads in London while she was calling her "ugly ass n***a" with blonde hair, a white fur and matching pearly heels.

Cardi B in a plaid shirt designed by Off-White and Loubboutin knee-highs on her way to London.

Dress by @ashish_uk !!!!! CARDI TURNER

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Cardi B. channels Ms. Tina Turner in a red mini dress by designer Ashish.

BROCCOLI!! Sweater @sadiahayden

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Cardi shows off, in the hood classic Timbalands, Beef & Broccoli's.

Yoooo I wish ya could see how dope these @iamjenniferle Pants are in person Laawwdd ...P.s I'm getting Fake fat

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The "Gangsta B***h" left everyone's jaws dropped in pants designed by Jennifer Le and fiery red down-to-her-ankles ponytail.

Dress :Versace..straight off the runway SLUT ...Looking like 🇹🇹

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Almanzar definitely turned a few heads in this show-stopping, color block Versace dress.

The glow up got bitches so shook of meeee!

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The Dominicana channeled her fellow New York native, Cam'ron with this bold pink, furry number.

That @laquan_smith on my body !

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"Always classy, never trashy" vibes brought by her friend and collaborator LaQuan Smith in this sheer, knee-length number.

Ok so I wore @ashish_uk for the @vmagazine party .I soooo love it ..You love it ?

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Can you tell we can't get enough of the Love & Hip Hop star's fur coats? Cardi served rap goddess vibes with her inches and jeweled, pink two-piece by UK designer Ashish.

Polar Bear

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Is anyone else hearing Ludacris' "All white, body looking like milk" lyrics playing in the background? Let Cardi tell it, she's channeling her inner polar bear.

O shnaaapp ..Gucci from head to toe .......I'll be wearing fashion nova soon THOO 😏

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Replace Coogi with Gucci in A$AP Ferg's "Work (Remix)" intro verse and you've got Cardi down to the 't.'

Top @areyouami, custom made @vetements_official from @loit_official styled by @maikeeb_kills

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The Atlantic Records' artist is serving Kim K looks – with a Cardi twist – and we're all the way here for it.

I mean, who else can make florals look this good? Nobody but Cardi, as she adds a lively, sleek spin on this Milly two-piece suit.

Shoes Versace but my dress 32.99. From @fashionnova Never go broke ballin on a budget !!!!!!!

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Here's to one more time that Cardi flexed her "ballin' on a budget skills" for this classic look featuring a little black dress from Fashion Nova and Versace heels.

GUCCI

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Cardi B is obviously multi-faceted with her looks, but this classy HBIC look she's delivering brought in part by Gucci is Top 5, hands down, no debating.

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Rihanna Taps Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Miguel For Savage x Fenty Fashion Show

Rihanna is gearing up for a major fashion moment! The beauty and fashion mogul announced her Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2 on Thursday (Sept. 17), which is set to stream on Amazon Prime next month.

The unique fashion experience will showcase a combination of models, actors and dancers, and features performances from Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny, Miguel, Mustard and Roddy Rich.

Additional featured appearances include Lizzo, Demi More, Normani, Rico Nasty, Big Sean, Gigi Hadid, Willow Smith, Chika, and more. Rihanna serves as executive producer and creative director of Savage x Fenty Show Vol 2.

 

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❗️#SAVAGEXFENTYSHOW VOL. 2❗️It's going down OCT 2 on @amazonprimevideo! @savagexfenty

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Following last year’s groundbreaking, star-studded event, this year’s fashion show hopes to raise the bar debuting a bold and fearless Fall 2020 line, which features sizes ranging from XS-3X, and bra sizes from 30A-42H/46DDD.

Savage x Fenty Vol. 2, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries beginning Friday, Oct. 2. Additionally, the line will be available to shop on Amazon’s Fashion Store  and Savagex.com.

 

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Raekwon x Sprayground Collab To Celebrate "Only Built For Cuban Links..." 25th Anniversary

Wu-Tang Clan's style barbarian, Raekwon The Chef and top-selling backpack company Sprayground, have come together to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the legendary rhyme reciter's classic debut album, Only Built For Cuban Links... To purchase the hot ticket item, retailed at $100, hit up sprayground.com at 3 pm today (July 23).

Released on August 1, 1995, the full-album, which also heavily featured Rae's Wu-Tang group member Ghostface Killah, was deemed an instant classic in the world of Hip-Hop and beyond. The intricate slang, 5% Nation knowledge, fly style indicators, and street politics were coveted content during the mid-'90s where rhymes were valued at high-stakes.

Setting that high of a mark for beats and rhymes went hand-in-hand with the packaging of the Loud Records release, as the cassette tape was of a purple tint, rarely used in those times. It became the color of note when anyone referenced the album outside of its title and rechristened it universally as "The Purple Tape."

Sprayground is honoring that design history with a special limited-edition backpack in the purple hue today that boasts lyrics on the outside, a 17-inch laptop compartment on the inside, and a slew of compartments for wires and accessories.

Sure to grab the attention of die-hard fans, Raekwon states, “I have been a buyer of Sprayground for a long time, and admire (founder and creative director, David Ben David's) work. To get the opportunity to collaborate with a talented team of designers, and build a bag that encompasses me, is so dope. Looking forward to seeing it on the streets!”

Understanding the historic connection to such a heralded entity, David Ben David explained his feelings on the collab: “This collaboration has been iconic for me, I grew up listening to Wu-Tang, so this is pretty surreal! I loved tapping into the last two decades of content from him, to bring this bag to life and really show Raekwon’s unique style. Super excited to share this one with the fans."

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Rihanna Teases New Fenty Eyewear While Fans Beg For An Album

Rihanna has been busy donating millions during the global pandemic and debuting new gear from her Fenty and Savage x Fenty brands. The latest in the lot of Fenty merch are sunglasses which Rih Rih has been teasing on Instagram this week, but her Navy of fans seem to be ready for the album to drop already.

Regardless of how impatient the fans are, Rihanna is taking her time with her long-awaited ninth studio effort. A fan wrote, “Where’s the album?” under one of Rih’s eyewear posts and she replied, “I lost it.”

 

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#OffRecord on Fenty.com now....can’t say I didn’t warn ya! @fenty

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Retailing for $340, the Fenty eyewear line debuts on May 20. Split into two designs: Coded and Off Record, the sunglasses come in a variety of colors including, Candy Pink, Acid Green, Jet Black, and Milky Way.

 

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the Jet Blacks are for life, but this Milky Way is sumn sexy #Coded @fenty

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Besides eyewear, Rihanna’s luxury fashion line with LVMH — which launched in 2019 — features coats, dresses, pants, skirts and jewelry.

The 32-year-old singer and fashion mogul opened up about her influence over the Fenty line in an interview with Vogue last November. “I’m not the face of my brand, but I am the muse, and my DNA has to run all the way through it,” she explained. “I don’t want anyone to pull up my website and think, Rihanna would never wear that.”

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