Cardi B
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Cardi B covers Harper BAZAAR’s March 2019 issue, looking like a damsel in distress who is on fire and riding high on her horse as she conquers the musical scene in 2019.

The Money rapper sits down with Vanessa Grigordiadis about her storied life and rise to fame from her humble beginnings and hustle as a stripper. She also talks cryptically about her relationship with her husband, rapper Offset and what life is like being a new money mommy.

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On how motherhood has changed her:

“I just wanna be home all the time. I don’t care about going out anymore. The things that I thought matter, it didn’t really matter. I’m just so focused on my kid. I don’t be sad for long because whenever I’m with my baby, it’s like, ‘Yeah, whatever. F*ck everybody.'”

On being a sexy mom:

“I feel like when I’m half naked and when I twerk, people be like, ‘You’re a mom now,’ and it’s like, ‘Well, I was doing it before I was a mom, so it’s not like there’s gonna be a difference.’ One day, my daughter’s gonna see my body and she’s gonna see me twerking and it’s like, ‘Would it make a difference if I did it after or before her?’ It’s still out there. I feel like moms who do wanna feel sexy can be. I don’t feel like once you become a mom, you supposed to be this nun.”

On motherhood and dating:

“When it comes being around men, I don’t feel like a lotta moms should be dating three, four different guys in a year. And I don’t feel like your kids should see you with a whole lotta different men. Especially if you have a female daughter. Because I feel like there’s a lot of psychopaths and you don’t want them around your kids. Once you’re a mom, you should be more mindful of how many men you bring in your life. I don’t feel negative [towards men]. I just don’t feel like I have the time right now.”

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On Offset’s involvement in parenting:

“My daughter loves her dad. She really, really does. I don’t feel like I’m a single mom because that’s her dad. I feel like a single mom is a person that don’t have the dad around. He loves my kid. I don’t feel single at all. Whatever Imma want, he’s gonna give me, so I don’t feel like a single mom.”

On what her mom taught her:

“I just wanted more freedom and my mom wouldn’t give me freedom. My mom is very strict. I am gonna be strict because you wanna know something? If you’re not strict, you don’t know what your child’s doin out there. If my mom wasn’t strict… there was parties that I wanted to go to [where] there were shootings. I wanted to sleep over my boyfriend’s house. I probably woulda ended up pregnant, f*cked up. I probably woulda jumped outta high school. So you gotta be strict. My mom raised me on some like, ‘I’m not your friend. I’m your mom.’ So that’s how I’m gonna be with my daughter. She most likely gonna hate it, but she gonna appreciate it when she’s older. I totally appreciate my mom.”

Check out the full interview in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar