The girl's got stamina, and a growing baby bump is not going to get in her way, writes Marchelle Abrahams.
She's crude, she’s in your face, and now she’s four months pregnant. When Cardi B announced her pregnancy to the world, she did it in grand style - twerking.
Her performance at Coachella in California last week had her fans eating out of the palm of her hand. She owned the stage and gave it her all.
Interestingly, her pregnancy hasn’t affected her performance style. While many expectant moms tone things down or feel they need to adopt a traditional mommy stance, it’s clearly not for Cardi.
As a performer, she’s ticking all the boxes as she makes her way to world domination. Best-selling album. Check. Bad-ass boyfriend. Check. And, now, expecting mama. Check and check.
If you are familiar with her music, you’ll know she doesn’t exactly rap about rainbows and cuddly bears. Never mind that, she used to be a stripper and is using her new album Invasion Of Privacy as an expression of her roots - an expletive-laden smorgasbord of hip-hop tracks that explores everything from broke a*s gangstas to jealousy to sex.
So imagine this scenario: a heavily pregnant Cardi B performing her track Drip live on stage. The girl’s got stamina, and I doubt a growing baby bump is going to get in her way.
The lyrics will scare your conservative aunty into dropping her koeksister in her tea.
She’s breaking all the rules, taking charge and giving all her haters the middle finger, saying yes, I’m a hip-hip star. Yes, I’m pregnant, so what!
Her attitude - to continue to peddle her brand and grow her career while entering into motherhood - may even be seen as empowering.
But not everyone feels the same way.
During an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, she said: “It just really bothers me, and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like ‘I feel sorry for you, your career is over’ and it’s like why can’t I have both. Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Why can’t I have both? I want both.”
Valid statements if you consider how many women are undermined in organisations once they have children.
Shortly before announcing her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live, TMZ ran an exclusive predicting how much money she stands to lose should she have the baby. If anything else, she’ll make this baby part and parcel of her brand. Ching, ching, anyone?
It’s not just Cardi B changing the narrative of pregnant women in show business.
US comedian Ali Wong has been peddling her message since 2016 with her first Netflix special Baby Cobra, filmed when she was seven months pregnant.
Now, she’s at it again. In Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife, she’s unapologetic and honest, and, yes, she twerks too.
Remember when Kim Kardashian “broke the internet” with her nude Paper magazine cover in 2014?
Then the mother of one, she didn’t exactly get the reaction she was hoping for, with some fans insisting the lewd shot was more appropriate for a porn star and not a mother. And that right there was the reason many thought she had gone too far.
One could argue how stripping off is empowering for the female form?
While blogging for deeprootsathome.com, Kristen Clark made a noteworthy observation: “Women demand respect. We demand dignity. But then we pose half naked for the cameras and wonder why we’re being objectified.”
She then goes on to refer to a study called The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, which found that women are less happy in the modern age, despite over 40 years of feminism.
“Despite having more opportunities than ever before, they have a lower sense of well-being and life satisfaction,” Clark said.
Her solution to empowering women? Modesty.
Whatever your thoughts on the matter, maybe it’s time we put the mom- and slut-shaming to bed.