Here’s Cardi B’s First Big Purchase

Cardi B truly has a rags to riches story. Raised in the Bronx, she battled through a tense upbringing to become one of the biggest rappers in music history.

Once she made it big, Cardi B celebrated her success in a way that many others would: shopping. But what she bought stands out from many other celebrity first purchases.

Cardi B on the red carpet
Cardi B on the red carpet at an award show in October 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

How Cardi B became famous

Cardi B first garnered attention through her social media. She would post funny videos online detailing her experiences as a stripper and other life moments, earning tons of views and one million followers on social media, per Complex.

She parlayed that attention into a spot on Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015 ā€” a platform she used to market her budding rap career. After seeing some success with songs such as “Foreva” and “Lick,” Cardi B left the show in late 2016 to fully focus on music.

She would eventually achieve her dreams of rap stardom after the 2017 release of “Bodak Yellow,” a song that received widespread acclaim and spent a whopping three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Cardi B would continue to see success in the following years with various projects, including her Grammy-winning 2018 debut, Invasion of Privacy.

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What was Cardi B’s first big purchase?

As she said on “Bodak Yellow,” once she got her first big “bag,” Cardi B went and got her teeth fixed. TMZ reported that she got veneers some time in 2016 for the price of a luxury SUV. (There are estimates she spent at least $40,000 on her improved smile.)

Opening up about the experience, Cardi B explained in an appearance on The Breakfast Club that it previously was never really a priority, but that she decided to get them done to due to industry pressure.

“After a while, it’s just like, ‘I know I’m gonna be more and more on TV, and I know they don’t look right. And then I did get a little tired, like I felt like I was getting bullied,” she said. “And I’m the type of person too, like, I’m a Libra, so I like to be like, ‘Aha! What you gonna say about me now?’ And it’s like, ‘What can you say about me now?'”

Cardi B at an event
Cardi B at an event in February 2020 in Miami, Florida | Prince Williams/Wireimage

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Cardi B has since become known for her lavish lifestyle

With her continued success, Cardi B has essentially been able to buy whatever she wants. She’s the proud owner of a $5 million mansion in Atlanta that she shares with husband Offset and daughter Kulture, she’s acquired quite the collection of luxury vehicles, and she’s known for her pricey accessories and bags.

But despite her family and glory, she’s never forgotten where she came from. At the end of the day, ā€œIā€™m just a regular degular shmegular girl from the Bronx,” she’s said.