Cardi B looks stunningly royal in her recent photoshoot with Harper's Bazaar. Her interview highlights her true rags to riches story about a "regular schmegular" girl from Bronx, New York who made it big. 

She started her career as a stripper, made it big on social media, then landed on Love & Hip Hop, where she started recording rap mixtapes. From there, she blew up into one of the biggest female rappers of all time. Though she has a whole different life now, she's had struggles in her marriage and dealt with depression after giving birth to her daughter. 

Cardi B is a real-life princess on the latest cover of Harper's Bazaar.

I'm sure the Bronx rapper would have never seen this coming, but she truly looks like royalty in the March issue of the magazine. She talks in depth about how her life has changed since making it big.

In the cover interview, Cardi details her real-life "rags to riches" story. 

“I feel like my life is a fairy tale, and I’m a princess," she told Harper's.

Just a few years ago, Cardi lived in the projects of the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. She's proud of who she is and how far she's come, but she's since relocated to a house in Atlanta, where she lives with husband Offset and daughter Kulture.

Cardi and Offset clearly weren't together when this interview took place — times change quickly!

This interview is a little out of date, because Cardi discusses her split from Offset without mentioning the fact they recently got back together. In December, Cardi announced the pair had split even though they tried to work things out "for a hot minute." They recently made amends publicly.

Cardi revealed in the interivew that Offset wanted to go to marriage counseling.

The rapper said Offset suggested marriage counseling just before their first breakup late last year. In the interview, she said he "begged" her to go, but she didn't like the idea and thought no one could change her mind. 

That would've been right before Offset upstaged her huge performance to beg for her forgiveness.

During their first breakup, Offset blamed everyone but himself for the split. Then he crashed one of Cardi's performances to make a public apology and admit he'd screwed up.

She also said lots of men flooded her DMs while she was single but didn't pursue any of them.

She told Harper's that during her marriage hiatus, she was "getting a ton of messages from guys but ignoring them."

"If you think Imma automatically hop onto you after a marriage, that just means you think I’m a sleaze," she said. "And I’m not. I have a kid—I have to show an example.”

The couple is back together now, but it's becoming clear that breakup wasn't destined to last in the first place.

This interview was done while the couple was broken up but the interviewer, Vanessa Grigoriadis, notes that Cardi at some point scrolls past a then-recent photo she'd taken of Offset on her phone.

The interview also addresses Cardi's past jobs as a stripper.

Cardi has never been shy about her stripping days. She's mentioned it in multiple songs, and in her interview she mentions she stripped in order to "build a nest egg" for herself. She was a cashier when she started stripping and later on gained a huge following on social media, which launched her rap career.

Love and Hip Hop is where old-school Cardi B fans first discovered her. 

Cardi had a fan base long before "Bodak Yellow." According the Harper's, she started to release mixtapes when she was cast on the reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York. The interview glosses over the success of those mixtapes and calls "Bodak Yellow" Cardi's first single. That song is the first single from Invasion of Privacy, but Cardi had bops long before then. Does anybody remember "Foreva?"

Cardi's launch into success, she told Bazaar's, has given her even more respect for other famous women — especially Meghan Markle.

Cardi mentioned in the interview that she admires Dutches of Sussex Megan Markle for becoming a real-life princess. That being said, Cardi understands the pressure of being royal and definitely doesn't want to become royal any time soon. Cardi launched her career on being as candid as possible, and that's why fans can't get enough of her.

That's why she's constantly defying societal standards about what women should and shouldn't do.

In an Instagram rant, Cardi told haters to stop telling her how to act. She went as far as to say that she doesn't even feel like a celebrity because of how other people expect celebrities to act. She doesn't act like that and never has.

Take, for instance, her government shutdown rant.

Cardi has been making waves online following her Instagram rant about the government shutdown. She's gone back and forth on Twitter defending herself on the issue and has even been invited to speak at a Democratic reception.

And how, in her Harper's interview, she opened up about her postpartum depression for the first time.

Cardi talked about about how her mental health suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter. 

“I thought I was going to avoid it,” she said. “When I gave birth, the doctor told me about postpartum, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing good right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen.’ But out of nowhere, the world was heavy on my shoulders.”

And we can't forget the way she broached her anxiety on Twitter. This is why we stan!!!

Cardi has a way of making us all feel like we're not alone in our struggles and lifestyles. No wonder she's on her way to total world domination. 


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