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6 Things To Know About Jora Frantzis, The Director Behind Cardi B's "Money" Video

Her colorful flavor pairs perfectly with Cardi's style, creating major wins like her maternity shoot and the video for "Money." 

Cardi B's"Money" video has everyone talking thanks to the blending of avant-garde fashion and the rapper's playful personality. But as the woman appeared in front of another camera, another was behind it–Jora Frantzis.

The photographer, art director and all-around creative put her magic touch on the cinematic-like visuals and included elements of Cardi's life like the young mom breastfeeding and strutting on the pole. Her fashion odes to Lil Kim and au naturel looks were also crafted by the photographer.

While we don't know much about Frantzis, her past work says it all. There's a love for pastels and bold makeup, as well as futuristic settings.

Here are a few more tidbits about Frantzis.


1. She Shot and Provided Art Direction For Cardi's Invasion of Privacy Album Cover

A whole slay.

2. Frantzis Also Shot The Visuals and Single Art For "Be Careful"

The video was the third to show Cardi's versatility and the first directed by Frantzis.Other videos like the viral "Bodak Yellow" and "Bartier Cardi" proved Cardi was on her way. Her previous work sans Frantzis included gritty visuals for "Foreva," "Lick" (feat. Offset) and "Red Barz."

3. Cardi's Maternity Shoot Was Also Directed By Frantzis


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Cardi delivered several looks including basking in a garden full of flowers and a studio with pink silk trimmings.

4. Her First Cover Shoot Was Cardi's People En Espanol Looks


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Thank you so much @peopleenespanol! I love it!

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Her second was her glitzy Entertainment Weekly cover.

5. Frantzis' Many Hidden Messages In "Money" Are Quite Clever 

The "Money" video also includes homages to Cardi's most memorable looks like a flowery number seen in the "I Like It" video and her Invasion of Privacy cover.

6. Frantzis Has Also Worked With Celebs Like Sanaa Lathan 


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There's enough glam to go around. The Atlanta Black Star noted in November, the Nappily Ever After actress shared the gorgeous photo as a nod to her 20 years in the industry.

READ MORE: Most Iconic Looks From Cardi B's "Money" Video 

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