Cardi B has a clear message for those who criticize the Hermès Birkin bag collection or question her and fellow rappers’ fashion choices.
On October 26, the artist took to Instagram to answer criticism in a short video. According to Cardi, she saw a “viral tweet” about how women in hip hop, including Cardi and her friends, “belittle” the value of the iconic and expensive Birkin bag. “Why do you ask female rappers if they can get Hermès bags from the Hermès shop?” Cardi asked in the video. “You can’t do this to these white celebrities, so why do you have to ask us, what is it like?”
Cardi went on to point out that the rapper’s slumping brand had proven to be increasing their sales, and he shared a few examples from his own career. “They say we depreciate value. In fact, we add value! When we mention a brand in hip hop, it goes up,” Cardi said. “When ‘Bodak Yellow’ comes out, you can search Google for sales [of Christian Louboutins] increase 1000% +. When I do ‘I Like it Like That’ and I say, ‘I like those Balenciagas, which look like socks,’ it goes up too and that’s why they worked with me this year. In hip hop, we start a trend. ”
Hip hop artists have been chanting for their favorite designer brands for decades, which has exposed racism in the fashion industry but, of late, also led to collaborations between musicians and design houses. Cardi also took a moment to expose the racism behind this type of comment, pointing out the double standard between when white celebrities and influencers get Birkin versus when people of color do. “Why is it that when a black girl or a Hispanic girl has a bag, you all have to question whether ‘Oh is fake?’ or ‘He’s a crook,’ or ‘He’s damn it [someone] therefore.’ Actually, there are a lot of boss * ss b * tches here. “
That Birkin bag has legendary status, in part because of its astronomical price tag and long waiting list for bags. Her allure is only intensified by celebrities such as Cardi herself, Kris and Kylie Jenner, Drake, and many more, which have a large collection of coveted Hermès carry-on. (Cardi’s daughter, Kulture even has it mini one to match her mother.) Shortly after Cardi posted the video, Offset also uses his Instagram to echo those sentiments. “Stop letting people on the internet tell you who can get Birkins in the store, and how many Birkins you can get. Black people who have access to luxury shouldn’t be in the debate … in the way hip hop started the trend! ” he write beside a picture of him and Cardi with his Hermès collection.
In the video, Cardi also adds that she recently visited the Hermès shop and picked up four more bags to add to her collection, but is careful to remind that even if you don’t have the cash to print a Birkin bag, it doesn’t. does not mean you are inferior to others. “Don’t feel like you have to compare yourself and go down Canal Street to get a fake to follow him. Damn the Internet is fake … You’re still a bad bastard, period.”
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