Chart-topper Cardi B, whose birth name is Belcalis Almanzar, recently revealed how she came up with her stage name.
During an interview on The Wendy Williams Show, the host asked where she got her showbiz moniker. The singer revealed that it stems from alcohol. “My sister’s name is Hennessy, so everybody used to be like ‘Bacardi’ to me,” she said. “Then I shortened it to Cardi B. The ‘B’ stands for whatever, depending on the day…beautiful or bully,” she said, referring to the iconic rum and spirits brand. “No one calls me Belcalis except for my family, my mother and my daddy,” she added.
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The rapper, who teamed up with Bacardi for the”Dress to be Free” Halloween party last week, also recently admitted to wanting to be a better role model for younger girls. “I realized, after Halloween, a lot of little girls, they be looking up to me,” she said in an Instagram video. “They love me, and I’m thinking to myself, like, ‘Yo, I really need to be a better example.’”
Cardi B is having a breakout year, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her hit single “Bodak Yellow,” performing at some of the biggest venues in music (Made in America Festival, JAY Z’s Tidal X: Brooklyn charity concert, BET Hip Hop Awards and more) and recently getting engaged to Migos’ Offset. With her newfound mega-fame and influence, she promised to clean up her act for impressionable youths: “I’m gonna change for you, little girls, because I deadass love ya.”