Cardi B put haters in their place after she noticed posts on social media that claimed Hermés Birkin bags (which typically range anywhere from $11,000 to $400,000+) are “losing their value” because they’re accessible to her and other Black and Hispanic people.
"I seen this tweet that it had me and it had other female rappers on it and they were talking about if we could get Birkins from the Hermès store and they [were] also saying how we depreciate the value of a Hermés Birkin bag," she said in an Instagram video on Sunday (October 25), fresh off a visit to the Hermès store in Los Angeles. "I find that really interesting, right, because first thing first, right—I definitely could get a bag. Actually, I got four bags today from the Hermés store."
"Why is it that y'all asking female rappers if they could get a bag from the Hermès store. Y'all don't do this to these white celebrities," she added. "So, why is it that y'all gotta be asking us?"
"Another thing is that they're saying that we depreciate the value," Cardi continued. "Actually, we add value because in hip hop, when we mention brands in hip-hop, they sh*t go up." She then referenced her hit single "Bodak Yellow," which famously referenced designer Christian Louboutin. "When 'Bodak Yellow' came out you could actually Google that their sales went up 1000+%." Cardi also noted that her lyric, "I like those Balenciagas / The ones that look like socks" from her song "I Like It Like That" also led to a spike in Balenciaga sales. "That sh*t went up too and that's why they worked with me this year. Like hip-hop, we start trends," Cardi explained. "When y'all say that we devalue sh*t, no we actually add value."
The Bronx native went on to point out the double standard Black and Hispanic women face in regard to people questioning whether their designer handbags are real or fake. "And another thing is, why when a Black girl, why when a Hispanic girl [has] a bag you have to question it? 'Oh is it fake?' or 'She's a scammer' or 'She's f**king a ni**a for it,'" Card said. "There's a lot of boss-a** b*tches out here. There's b*tches that's getting money out here."
After calling out the racist trolls, the "Bet You Wanna" rapper made it clear that women don't need designer labels to be seen as worthy and they shouldn't feel pressure to go out and buy them. "Let me tell you something: if you're a regular girl you don't gotta break your neck to have a Birkin. A Birkin don't make you. A ni**a don't give a f**k if you have a Birkin or Aldo purse," she shared. "A lot of *itches, they don't even be wearing labels and they swaggy as f**k. They mix that Fashion Nova with the Zara and the H&M amazingly... So, don't ever feel like you gotta compare yourself...Don't compare yourself to nobody [on] the internet. This internet sh*t is fake. You still a bad f**king b*tch. Period."
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