Cardi B on Being a Feminist: 'Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do'

Cardi B
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 Cardi B attends the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018 in New York City. 

"I can finesse. I can hustle," the rapper says in a new interview.

As the star of the latest issue of i-D magazine, Cardi B was naturally outspoken about many topics, from what it means to be a feminist to what it was like once being a stripper.

“Being a feminist is such a great thing and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that," the rapper said. "But then some people are smart but they don’t have no common sense. They think feminism is great and only a woman that can speak properly, that has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only Michelle Obama can be a feminist."

She went on: "But being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. I’m equal to a n----. Anything a man can do, I can do. I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”

Her confidence (and talent) has led to her being a breakout, record-breaking artist, but she wasn't always so sure of herself. A previous line of work was stripping, which was simply a means to making good money.

“The first time I stripped I was really embarrassed. I felt like I could hear my parents in the back of my mind," Cardi B admitted.

"When I gave my first lap dance all the girls were looking at me to see if I was doing something wrong 'cause I ain’t know how to do a lap dance. But I felt so disgusted. They can’t touch you in your private parts and they’re not supposed to touch you at all, but sometimes a man would caress me on my arm and I would hear them breathe so heavy in my ear. It just disgusted me," she said.

“After a while I didn’t even care anymore," she continued. "I was seeing money that I feel like I would’ve never seen ever. At first I started off making $200 or $300, sometimes not making money at all because you’ve gotta pay your house fee and my house fees were very expensive. But after I got good at it there was nights where I would leave with $2,000 or $3,000. When I was 21 I had $20,000 saved up. When I was 22 I already had $35,000 saved — in singles."

See her full feature in i-D magazine -- she also talks about moving to the Bronx in sixth grade, and her upcoming wedding -- here.