Monday evening was the first red carpet for rapper Cardi B — who is opening the MTV Video Music Awards — since welcoming daughter Kulture on July 10
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Cardi B is back on the red carpet!

The 25-year-old rapper made her first event appearance since welcoming daughter Kulture Kiari on July 10 Monday evening, when she stepped out to attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in N.Y.C.

Wearing a custom velvet fuchsia dress by Nicolas Jebran featuring an asymmetrical thigh-high hemline and cleavage-baring neckline, the new mom rocked a short black pixie hairdo and completed her look with matching sandals, over $4 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz emerald jewelry and black diamond bands by Ofira Jewels.

While the star’s husband Offset did not walk alongside his wife, the Migos rapper was in attendance at the event, where he said of baby Kulture during MTV’s pre-show, “It’s a blessing. My daughter is beautiful, just gorgeous.”

Cardi B — who will be opening the show, but not performing — is nominated for 10 awards at the glam event. Ahead of the show, she dropped the music video for her latest single off of her debut album, Invasion of Privacy: “Ring” featuring Kehlani.

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Cardi B’s attendance at the VMAs comes three weeks after the “Be Careful” hitmaker told her fans she would not be performing in Bruno Mars‘ 24K Magic World Tour in order to spend more time with her daughter and giving her body time to recover after giving birth.

“I met my match,” she told her followers on Instagram Live, referring to her then-2-week-old baby girl as K.K. “She is very demanding. I can’t believe I have a boss. I really have a boss.”

“When my baby wanna eat, she wanna eat,” Cardi B continued. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, three minutes,’ no. ‘Gimme the milk now!’ You gotta burp her right away — everything, everything, everything. She wants everything.”

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Fans turned out in droves on social media to support the first-time mom’s decision to postpone her performances, with one writing, “I was in this position 2 years ago, I took 10 months off when my daughter was born. They thought I was never coming back. So who am I to judge … enjoy this time.”

Another chimed in, “I know the feeling. I almost died and was in three hospitals after birthing my son. Your health and your bonding time 🕦 with your daughter 👧 is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE!!! Stay healthy and true to you and your family 👪!!!!”

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Two weeks before Kulture’s arrival, Cardi B revealed that she and Offset, 26, had tied the knot last September, before their public engagement the following month.

“There are so many moments that I share with the world and then there are moments that I want to keep for myself! Getting married was one of those moments!” she tweeted. “Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up and we had a lot of growing up to do but we was so in love we didn’t want to lose each other, was one morning in September we woke up and decided to get married.”

The MTV VMAs are broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.