Cardi B and her daughter, Kulture, grace one of four Vogue magazine covers in January – paying tribute to moms and moms-to-be who are also fashion or entertainment icons.
Appearing on the cover in a red Michael Kors polka dot dress and red heels and holding her smiling and adorable baby girl in her lap, Cardi, 27, told Vogue that motherhood has allowed her to “forget about the issues.”
“I could shake my ass, I could be the most ratchet-est person ever, I could get into a fight tomorrow, but I’m still a great mom,” Cardi B tells Vogue. “All the time I’m thinking about my kid. I’m shaking my ass, but at the same time I’m doing business, I’m on the phone with my business manager saying, make sure that a percentage of my check goes to my kid’s trust. I give my daughter so much love, and I’m setting her up for a future. I want to tell her that a lot of the shit that I have done in life—no matter what I did, knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids.”
Vogue’s other three January covers feature Stella McCartney with her four kids, Greta Gerwig, and her new infant, and Ashley Graham was photographed holding her baby bump. The covers were shot by famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz.
When discussing the new album she’s working on, Cardi muses that she needs a slow song. Then she reveals how tough it is for her to be vulnerable.
“I need a slow song, a personal song. And those are harder for me — I always need help when it comes to talking about my feelings,” she tells Vogue. “It’s hard for me to be soft, period.”
She also addresses the pressure to create a work that is as big or bigger than her debut album.
“I thought ‘Press’ was fun and it was gangsta, and then because it didn’t perform as good as my other songs, people was like, Oh, she’s a flop; oh, she’s dying out,” Cardi explains. “This whole year has just been a lot for me. I feel like people are just so tired of me winning. I will look for my name on Twitter, and it’s like hate tweets, hate tweets, hate tweets.”
Many of those hate tweets come from women disappointed that she opted to stay with her husband, Offset, after learning that he cheated. Cardi addresses this and explains why she decided to forgive him and reunite.
“When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,” Cardi explains to Vogue. “But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down. People that be in marriages for years, when they say till death do us part, they not talking about little arguments like if you leave the fridge open. That’s including everything.”
Do you, Cardi B. That’s why people love you.