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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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Gucci And Dapper Dan Announce $5M Programming Aimed At Diversity And Inclusion

February was a difficult month for luxury brand Gucci. The legendary fashion house pulled a balaclava sweater from physical and online stores that many deemed disrespectful. The black sweater with a red print around the mouth area was deemed by many as reminiscent of blackface.

With the help of Dapper Dan and other notable celebrities, Gucci is trying to make things right. They recently announced their new Changemakers Council, which according to reports will feature a board that will work together to select inclusive elements of programming. Besides the Harlem designer and Gucci collaborator, DeRay McKesson, will.i.am, writer/activist Brittany Packnett and many more will be part of the Council.

Through this new Gucci Changemakers initiative, the fashion brand and the designer will also introduce the Changemakers Scholarship, which awards a $20,000 grant to selected students over the course of four years. They will also implement the Changemakers Fund, which "is a $5 million fund that will invest in community-based programs, particularly those helping communities of color, in cities across the U.S."

“As a partner, I am proud to work with Gucci and other community leaders to help guide programs that will create meaningful impact for the Black community and fashion as a whole,” Dapper Dan said in a statement regarding the new project. “It is imperative that we have a seat at the table to say how we should be represented and reimagined. Through our work together, Gucci is in a position to lead the overall industry toward becoming a better more inclusive one.”

 

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Virgil Abloh And Louis Vuitton Condemn Sex Abuse Amid 'Leaving Neverland'

Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton are speaking up against child sex abuse. Abloh debuted a Michael Jackson-inspired collection in Paris Fashion Week in Jan. 2019, but in the wake of the allegations revisited by HBO's Leaving Neverland, the artistic director announced the luxury brand is pulling pieces of the FW19 line from production.

Abloh released a statement to WWD on Thursday (Mar. 14), condemning child abuse and explaining the motive behind the fall menswear collection. "I  am aware that, in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights," he said. “My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers."

Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, also elaborated on the controversy surrounding the collection, noting that they were "unaware" of the documentary prior to presenting the collection in Paris. "We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing," Burke told The New Yorker. "Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause."

A spokesperson for the French label also confirmed that "no item that directly features Michael Jackson elements" will be available to the public. "The Fall-Winter 2019 Men’s collection has multiple inspirations and will be launched in stores in July," the statement reads.

As previously reported, Leaving Neverland spoke with two men who alleged they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were young. The shocking footage has triggered a worldwide response, both positive and negative. While some networks and organizations have started to remove Jackson-related content from circulation, some supporters have launched protests in their local areas to defend Jackson's innocence.

The singer's family has also denied the allegations and is seeking legal action against HBO and the alleged victims.

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Ryan Destiny Nabs Fashion Honor At International Women of Power Event

While donning the "lucky" color of green, in a shamrock green suit Ryan Destiny was named a fashion honoree at the International Women of Power Event. The event which took place in Los Angeles awarded Destiny with the "Fashion Queen NSAA Award" presented by Fashion Nova Cares.

The actress who plays the bold and fearless singer Alex on the Fox show Star expressed her delight through her Instagram page. "A bomb way to celebrate #internationalwomensday," the 24-year-old actress started. "Feeling so blessed. The only few words I can come up with to describe the weekend is thank you! Being an honoree is one thing but being in a room with women who are this incredible is beyond inspiring."

 

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A bomb way to start celebrate #internationalwomensday. Feeling so blessed. The only few words I can come up with to describe the weekend is thank you! Being an honoree is one thing but being in a room with women who are this incredible is beyond inspiring. Those are the moments I cherish. All LOVE to @koshiemills @diasporadialogues 🙏🏾 (had to show the failing process of getting pics on a roof) lmao. S/o to my Patna in style @scotlouie. I share this award w you friend<3

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Destiny was not the only celebrity in attendance who received accolades last week, other honorees included comedienne Tiffany Haddish, actress and activist Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, as well as First Lady of Sierra Leone H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, to name a few. The event is meant to celebrate powerful women who have positively influenced Africans worldwide.

Koshie Mills, whom Destiny thanked in her post is the brain behind the International Woman of Power Event. Mills a mother to hotshots Kwame Boateng, from Everybody Hates Chris and model-actor Kofi Siriboe, had this to say about her brainchild.

"This is an opportunity for everyone looking at Africa and its Diaspora to see how African women are not only beautiful, regal, intelligent, powerful and resilient, we are owning our own narrative and reclaiming our Queendom for the world to see," the mother of three said. "When we come together to exhibit pride in our heritage and celebrate one another, we are unmatched and unstoppable."

Learn more about the International Women of Power Event here.

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