As we told you back in August, a discussion has been brewing for some time on fashion and gossip pages where people would question the authenticity of Birkins carried by Black women rappers or claimed the ladies somehow tainted the high standing of the luxury bag. Cardi ran across a tweet saying just that and decided to address it.
“I seen this tweet. It had me and it had other female rappers on it. They were talking about if we can get Birkins from the Hermes store. And they were also saying how we depreciate the value of a Hermes Birkin bag,” she said. “I find that really interesting right, because first things first, I definitely could get a bag. Actually, I got four bags today from the Hermes store, that’s one. I don’t want to brag but it’s like, don’t even try it. And second of all, why is it that y’all asking female rappers if they could get a bag from the Hermes store? Y’all don’t do this to these white celebrities. So why is it that y’all gotta be asking us?”
“Another thing is, they say we depreciate the value. Actually, we add value,” she said. “Because in Hip-Hop, when we mention brands in Hip-Hop, their sh-t go up.”
She went on to use for an example her mention of Christian Louboutin shoes in “Bodak Yellow,” Balenciaga shoes “that look like socks in “I Like It,” as well as Migos hit “Versace” as examples where their words increased the demand for products from esteemed fashion houses.
“Hip hop, we start trends. When y’all say that we devalue sh-t, no, we actually add value,” she said. “Another thing is, why when a Black girl, why when a Hispanic girl have a bag, y’all have to question it? Whether ‘Oh, is it fake?’ or ‘She’s a scammer!’ or ‘She’s f–kin’ a n—a for it!’ There’s a lot of boss a– b—hes out that own they company. There’s realtors. There’s PRs. There’s A&Rs. There’s doctors. There’s dentists. A lot of Instagram models, they getting like $20,000 a f–king post.”
Cardi, however, also made sure to make clear that young women shouldn’t feel pressured to get luxury bags just because they see stars wearing Birkins, as that creates the desire to compare one’s self to others.
“If you a regular girl, you don’t got to break your neck to have a Birkin,” she said. “A Birkin don’t make you.”
“Don’t ever feel like you gotta compare yourself. Don’t ever feel like you gotta go to Canal Street to keep up,” she added. “The Internet life? Don’t compare yourself to nobody to the Internet. This Internet sh-t is fake.”
As previously stated, we agree that it’s unfortunate when people act as though when Black women get their hands on certain “opulent” items, it’s treated as though we make it less covetable. This tends to be perpetrated by our own.
It is true that not just rappers, but Black people in general do create the trends. So an increase in women of color buying and investing in them (including to pass on to their children down the line) shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing — especially since it’s just a bag. Birkins are certainly worth a lot, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll continue to argue that they’re not worth more than the people who wear them.
Check out Cardi, and a few other rap queens, proudly toting their Birkins by hitting the flip:
City Girls rapper Yung Miami hit up an event the group was hosting in Atlanta this past Labor Day weekend rocking her Birkin with a bold gold wig, white corset, skirt and strappy heels.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 06: Yung Miami of the City Girls attends The City Girls Labor Day Weekend Takeover at Republic Lounge on September 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
Bet you haven’t seen a Birkin in the strip club! Won’t be the last time probably.
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion hit up the “gentlemen’s club” Allure in Atlanta looking like money, literally. She paired her mustard yellow Birkin with her money adorned ensemble and a seafoam green wig. The beauty topped off her look with some serious ice on her neck and wrist, and finished with her signature tongue out pose for the cameras.
ATLANTA GA – AUGUST 17: Megan Thee Stallion attends Allure Monday Nights at Allure Gentlemen’s Club on August 17, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
While hanging out in Miami for Super Bowl Weekend, Cardi B made sure to bring her Birkin to the club to have a good time. She paired the small crocodile yellow bag with this sheer off-the-shoulder top, equally racy bottoms and her matching purple wig. While she clearly went matchy matchy with the clothes, undergarments and her sleek hair, she decided to let the Birkin stand out, as it easily does with any ensemble.
MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 02: Cardi B attends The Big Game Weekend at The Dome Miami on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
The City Girls, JT and Yung Miami, wore their medium sized Birkin bags that matched that brought out colors in their chic party dresses.
The duo hit up fellow rapper Mulatto’s album release party for her Queen of the Souf album. The event took place at Allure, the same “gentlemen’s club” where Megan Thee Stallion sported her own big Birkin. They too paired the bags with blinged-out accessories.
ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 19: JT and Yung Miami of the group City Girls attend Mulatto “Queen Of The Souf” Album Release Party at Allure Gentlemen’s Club on August 19, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
Cardi B taking a Birkin bag with her to court is a new signature move for the “WAP” rapper. Last April, she arrived at court wearing an angelic white ensemble and with her hefty Birkin on her arm as she was escorted. If our eyes are seeing correctly, the bag is a taupe shade.
Rapper Cardi B leaves after a hearing at Queens Criminal Court on April 19, 2019 in New York City. The Grammy-nominated rapper briefly appeared in criminal court on Friday over her alleged involvement in a strip club brawl. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)
Cardi B paired a two-toned suit with a two-toned Birkin bag (in an interesting pink and natural shade combination) while making an appearance at court last June.
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 25: Cardi B leaves her arraignment on two felony assault counts and other misdemeanors at Queens County Supreme Court June 25, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. In all, the winner of 2019 Album of the Year at the BET Awards faces 12 charges related to an alleged August 2018 attack on bartenders at a Queens strip club, according to published reports. (Photo by Anthony DelMundo-Pool/Getty Images)
The rapper enjoyed All-Star Saturday Night during February’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago (right before coronavirus took over and shut everything down) looking quite luxurious. She paired an appropriate fur brown coat and boots for the chilly weather with an orange Birkin bag and lots of bling on her hands. While the Birkin is great and looks luscious, she enjoyed the evening with her greatest accessory of all – husband Offset.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 15: Offset and Cardi B attend 2020 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at United Center on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Cardi made another expensive court appearance with a more laid back black Birkin bag and a very extravagant fur coat with matching hat.
Rapper Cardi B leaves the courtroom after a hearing at Queens Criminal Court on January 31, 2019 in New York. – The Grammy-nominated rapper briefly appeared in criminal court on Thursday over her alleged involvement in a strip club brawl. The 26-year-old artist signed the renewal of two protection orders against the alleged victims, which bar her from making remarks on social media that could be deemed threatening to them. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)
Talk about a star-studded photo: Two Birkins make an appearance!
I kid. Cardi and fellow female MC Saweetie sat alongside their men and Spike Lee and his son while enjoying the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago in February. Cardi wasn’t the only one toting a Birkin bag. She brought along her plum Birkin bag while Saweetie rocked a red one to the game. Both sat on the floor. Guess they aren’t superstitious about things like that…
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 16: Quavo, Cardi B, Spike Lee, and Jackson See attend the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
I guess Birkins can also keep you from getting the coronavirus, because a mask-less Cardi and Offset hit up a crowded Red Martini club in Atlanta to enjoy a night out on the town. The beauty paired her rainbow print dress and red heels with a cherry red Birkin to match her shoes. Other accessories included some major ice on her neck and wrists, as well as her signature long nails, or talons really, painted pink.
ATALANTA, GA – OCTOBER 20: Cardi B and Offset attend Chaos Tuesday Nights at Red Martini on October 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)