CARDI B credited getting plastic surgery for giving her confidence after she felt "ugly and undeveloped" as a teen.
The 28-year-old rapper opened up about how going under the knife improved her confidence in a conversation with Mariah Carey for Interview magazine.
Cardi spoke to the 50-year-old singer about how she used to be bullied for her physical appearance, sharing: "I was also really skinny when I was younger, and in the Bronx, it’s about being thick and having an a**, so young boys would be like, 'Look at your flat a**. You ain’t got no titties.'
"And it would make me feel so ugly and undeveloped."
After Mariah asked if Cardi felt vindicated now that she's made a big name for herself, the WAP singer admitted: "I feel so vindicated.
"Even when I was 18 and became a dancer, I had enough money to afford to buy boobs, so every insecurity that I felt about my breasts was gone.
"When I was 20, I went to the urban strip club, and in the urban strip clubs, you had to have a big butt. So I felt insecure about that. It took me back to high school. So I got my a** done. And then I felt super confident.
"When I was younger, I didn’t really know how to take care of my hair.
"So now I make my own hair mask and take care of my natural hair, and it makes me feel better, like what people were saying about me isn’t true.
"My hair was not bad because it was nappy. My hair was bad because I didn’t know how to take care of it."
Cardi, who posed topless during the photo shoot that accompanied the interview, revealed she was nervous to work as a stripper before making it as a musician.
She recalled: "When I first entered the strip club, I was really shy. I felt really uncomfortable. I felt very ashamed. There were times when I was crying, like, "Oh my gosh, if my mom or my dad found out, they’d be so humiliated."'
The now confident performer added that working as a stripper helped her come into her own, but was also a way for her to stay financially afloat.
The rapper explained: "I needed the f***ing money. I was living with my boyfriend at the time, but he wasn’t doing s**t. I used to smoke weed back then, so I felt like weed was necessary.
"I wanted money for weed and to move out. I just wanted enough money to rent a room. That’s how desperate I was to get the f**k out of the situation I was in."
Cardi married Offset back in 2017, though the couple are now in the process of divorcing.
The exes share two-year-old daughter Kulture together.
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