Stripper Turned Rapper. The Feminist Movement
The stripper-turned-rapper trend is common in the entertainment industry. In this industry, women hustle to make a name for themselves. Belcalis Almanzar, famously known as Cardi B, has turned heads in the entertainment industry. Starting off as a stripper and making her social climb through internet fame, the rapper won Billboard’s Best Female Rap Artist and is the first rapper to have three songs on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Growing up in the Bronx with 36 cousins, Cardi saw the worst of society. At a young age, she understood her low-income situation and how it was affecting her community. Although she had amazing parents and a support system, she still saw the struggle of what her community faced in a stratified world. In a structural society that has limited resources, Cardi needed to stay afloat.
At 19, Cardi began stripping in order to become financially independent. While stripping, she used social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to showcase her uncanny topics about men and sex. Her humor captivated an audience and she started to gain a following. By truly being herself, she became an instagram influencer, along with joining a reality television series, Love and Hip Hop, which she later left to focus solely on her music.
Now, at 25, Cardi’s hustle has made billboard history. Stripping helped her gain financial independence all while shaping her into the great entertainer that she is. In the entertainment business, money isn’t just thrown, hard work and effort is put into it, whether it is stripping, influencing, or rapping. Each career involves entertaining an audience, and that is exactly what Cardi did. Making money moves to better her and her family’s life represents the trend of strippers turned rappers by displaying women’s powerhouse abilities to start a feminist movement.
Her hustle is noticed, but why is this movement powerful for women? How is this a feminist movement?
It represents women as hard-working in an industry where they are regularly subjected to abuse and objectification. Cardi had to strip in order to stay afloat in a world where women are seen as objects rather than people. However, that did not stop her from achieving her dream of becoming an artist. Her sassy personality along with the way in which she empowers women to achieve their goals displays a feminist movement in a industry catered to men. This feminist movement represents talented women from low-income backgrounds and how they rise and overcome the adversity they face. They use their talents to climb the social ladder and use it to their own advantage.