Before she was making hits and headlines in Hollywood and beyond, rapper Cardi B worked as a cashier at a supermarket before becoming a stripper from aged 19 to make ends meet.
Things were so dire for the future Grammy winner that she stayed in a challenging relationship with her then-boyfriend just so she’d have a roof over her head.
“There was two pitbulls in that house, and I had asthma,” Cardi recalled to Vibe in 2016. “There was bedbugs too. On top of that, I felt like my ex-boyfriend was cheating on me, but it was like even if he was cheating on me, I still can’t leave because where was I gonna go?”
Cardi B – real name Belcalis Almánzar – continued to strip until she was 23 when she focused her attention on music. In 2015, she the hit VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York before her rap career blew up.
In 2018, she released her debut single Bodak Yellow and now, aged 30, Cardi is worth a cool $US40 million ($62 million).