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46 Iconic Cardi B Quotes That Prove She's More Than A "Regular Degular Shmegular Girl"

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It takes decades for most pop culture figures to reach icon status. But for Cardi B, aka Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, it took all of [checks watch] a few years. A proud Bronx girl, the rapper, songwriter, actress, mama, and social activist has gone from niche popularity due to her presence on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York to a bonafide superstar, all in the span of five years. And there’s no turning back.

Charming, witty, über-talented, and outspoken, Cardi B’s rise to fame has a lot to do with her frankness about everything from her feminist ideology to her political leanings. Where others eschew talk of money, politics, or sex, she embraces it, puts her own spin on it, and goes viral in the process. Mix in her hilarious catchphrases, viral interviews, and straight fire rhymes and you’ve got yourself a powerhouse who is more than her self-described “regular degular shmegular girl.”

Whether you’re a fan of her music or just admire her in-your-face honesty, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the most spectacular Cardi B quotes and sayings for your next Instagram caption, note to your BFF, or life mantra. Okurrrrr!

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1. “I’m going to encourage any type of woman. You don’t have to be a woman like me for me to encourage and support you and tell you, ‘Yes, bitch, keep on going.'”

2. “I’ve been hanging around a lot of people that’s wealthy, that is rich, that is famous. One thing I learned is that no matter how much money you have, no matter how big you are, how famous you are, they will still end up stealing your charger and your lighter.”

3. “Make more than the guys you thought you wanted to be with.”

4. “It’s not that people want to be like me, but some want to say the things I say and can’t because they’re afraid. I say it for them.”

5. “I’m just a regular degular shmegular girl from the Bronx.”

6. “This is my work ethic: I do not want to raise my future kids where I was raised, and I know the only way to do it is working, working, working, working, working.”

7. “Am I ever gonna grow thick skin? No. I just gotta focus on making money. Cause ain’t no going back. I’m gonna be famous forever.”

8. “You wanna know how rich people like me stay rich? By staying on a budget.”

9. “I have a passion for music, I love music. But I also have a passion for money and paying my bills.”

10. “To me, music is art and fashion is art, but fame? Fame isn’t art, but the person you become when you’re famous — your alter ego — that’s art.”

11. “If you want it, and the more you keep hearing you can’t have it, you just go and get it.”

12. “Imma be the way I am ’til I die and if you don’t like it, die first, bitch.”

13. “I could really make a song of hurt because I’ve been hurt by a lot of men. And I never talk about that because I refuse to let people know that I get sad because when a man don’t answer my calls.”

14. “I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that six weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically. I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing.”

15. “I only fuck with people who are secure enough to be happy for me and hype me up. I don’t want any friends who fall silent during my success.”

16. “But being a feminist is real simple. It’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. 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.”

17. “Do whatever you have to do. People always want to tell you how to do it. No, do it your way. And don’t ask for like, ‘Oh, how can you do it?’ Do it. Figure it out. I figured it out one way or another and I did it.”

18. “I’m an emotional gangster. I cry once every month.”

19. “Me: unbothered, moisturized, in my lane, well-hydrated, flourishing.”

20. “My guilty pleasure is smelling my farts.”

21. “If you say that you’re humble, you’re not humble. You gotta wait until somebody tells you that you’re humble.”

22. “It’s my birthday, at least that’s what I’m dressed like.”

23. “The women that inspire me, to be honest, are the women that struggle.”

24. “It’s just like, damn — I’m competing with myself.”

25. “I used to tell myself that I will always be myself.”

26. “I’m known for proving people wrong. Remember that.”

27. “Knock me down nine times, but I get up 10.”

28. “I don’t care about anyone not liking me, you bitches barely like yourselves.”

29. “Ain’t no more beefing, I’m just keeping to myself. I’m my own competition, I’m competing with myself.”

30. “I ain’t scare of shit. I will always speak on how I feel I’ll be damn if fame and other people have me being a slave of my own thoughts.”

31.“Don’t reach out to me, don’t talk to me, don’t like my shit, don’t follow me, because I know when you’re being fake.”

32. “I’m not gettin’ involved with the hype. I’m too rich to get into a fight.”

33. “I just want to tell you college kids that I know sometimes it gets discouraging because you see people around your age making money on Instagram. Don’t get discouraged. J ust see it as my wealth and my richness is on layaway.”

34. “I’m like a chicken nugget or something you just wanna put your barbecue sauce all up on it.”

35. “I’m more than what a lot of people think that I am — or will be.”

36. “A lot of people always question, ‘What else can she do, what else can she do?’ And I’m going to show you.”

37. “Instagram has said a lot of things about me that are not true, so I don’t even know where that’s coming from.”

38. “I have 100 percent Bronx pride like it’s a country like I am the Bronx.”

39. “You can’t tell me that I can’t dress!”

40. “That’s why I be so careful with my money and always try to invest. I see people who have it all and then lose it.”

41. “I could really make a song of hurt because I’ve been hurt by a lot of men. I’m talking about, like, how sad I be when a dude curves me. And I never talk about that because I refuse to let people know that I get sad because when a man don’t answer my calls.”

42. “That was an organic relationship. He reached out to me, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I cannot believe somebody like LaQuan Smith wants to put his clothes on me.’ He comes from a small place, and he has big dreams, and what I like about him the most is that his clothes curve with your body.”

43. “I do feel kind of guilty sometimes ’cause, like, I could buy myself a $5,000 dress or a $3,000 dress, and I’m buying these things, but I’m knowing that my cousin need money for the rent. And then I gotta tell myself, ‘Stop feeling guilty. You worked for this.”

44. “A lot of females, they want to do the things that I do. Some females are so closed, but they want to be open. Some girls, they want to feel that power that I tell them that I have. I tell women that I have power over these men, that I use these men.”

45. “My personality is humongous.”

46. “Summertime, this is the time that you flex.”

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