While being profiled by GQ in a new interview, rapper Cardi B spoke in depth about how she came to have her signature curves. The 25-year-old star has never been ashamed to admit that she had butt injections done before her career started. She told the magazine that wanting to make more money dancing (the bigger the backside, the greater the payday), and the desire to get a butt that would rival the one of the woman an ex cheated on her with, were the reasons she underwent a procedure that she now admits was pretty traumatic.
“All right, here’s the thing,” she said. “When I was 21, I did not have enough meat on my body—if I was to get lipo, I wouldn’t have fat for my a–.”
So about four years ago, Cardi said she pulled together $800 and took it to a woman who was doing butt injections in a basement apartment in Queens. The woman injected her butt with filler, and while doing so, just stuck her with the needle, leaving her in more pain than was expected.
“They don’t numb your a– with anything,” she said of basement filler procedures. “It was the craziest pain ever. I felt like I was gonna pass out. I felt a little dizzy. And it leaks for, like, five days.”
Cardi came out lucky for two reasons. For one, you never know how large your backside will be following the injections, but thankfully, Cardi was happy with the results. Secondly, some people don’t survive the illegal procedure. Cardi told the magazine that by the time she planned to go back to the same woman to get everything touched up one more time, “the lady got locked up ’cause she’s supposedly killed somebody.” Specifically, “somebody died on her table.”
Cardi B may have walked away relatively unscathed (aside from a few days of leaks and pain), but there is no telling in what way her body might react to her injections down the line. Late last year, the Federal Drug Administration issued an official new warning against butt and breast injections, citing the fact that the filling used can travel and cause some life-threatening issues.
“Injectable silicone is permanent, with side effects that can occur right after the injection and up to years after treatment,” the warning read. “Silicone spreads and migrates easily inside the body, which may worsen adverse events and make surgical attempts to remove the silicone oil more difficult or impossible. Silicone, when injected into areas with many blood vessels such as the buttocks, can travel to other parts of the body and block blood vessels in the lungs, heart, or brain. This can result in permanent damage to those tissues and lead to stroke or death.”
Experts say the body will eventually reject the injections, and it can take years for the true side effects to show themselves. When they do, surgery, in many cases, will be required. And as Dr. Wright A. Jones toldThe Hollywood Reporter, the surgical procedure to remove fillers like silicone from fat in the body can be like “separating salt from sand.”
But Cardi B was aware of the risks then, and still is. As she told The Breakfast Club during an interview in 2015, despite the results, she does regret getting the injections.
“I mean, if you feel uncomfortable with yourself then do it,” she said at the time. “But remember you might end up regretting it like me. Like I got it done in the basement, so I can die any day now.”
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