From red bottoms (bloody shoes) to Balenciagas that look like socks, Card B‘s never been shy on expressing her love for footwear in music, magazines, videos, on stage, and more.
That enduring admiration made her the perfect pick for Reebok, who recently gave the GRAMMY-winner her own sneaker collection under their imprint (click here to read more). Ahead of its November 13 unveiling, B’s hitting the promo trail in its support.
Most notably serving as the November 2020 covergirl of ‘Footwear News’ online magazine, look inside to see the stunning photos that accompanied the feature and read highlights from its interview.
ON BATTLING RUMORS ABOUT HER PERSONAL LIFE:
“It’s hard. There’s a lot that I want to keep to myself when it comes to my personal life, but sometimes people get an inch of my personal life and they start with the rumors. I feel like I’m going to shut it down and address it. That’s always been my issue,” she said. “Nowadays, you cannot even be real because if you don’t have the ‘popular answer,’ then it’s the wrong answer and it could just jeopardize so many things, which is sad because I want to speak my shit. I want to be putting so many people in their place. There’s so many people that just have the most miserable comments and they want you to feel miserable with them. It’s so hard. My realness bothers them, [but] I don’t give a damn.”
ON GOALS FOR NEW SNEAKER LINE:
“I can go to sleep with the No. 1 record, but I’m going to sleep and thinking, ‘I need my other album to go No. 1.’ My sneaker sold out so fast; I need my next sneaker to sell out. I always wonder if I’m going to be satisfied,” she says.
ON KEEPING HER FANS IN MIND WHEN DESIGNING HER REEBOK LINE:
“Affordability is No. 1. I know where [my fans] stand. I wanted to make something so affordable so that they could have a piece of me. I always make sure it’s affordable even when it comes to my OnlyFans, my merch. I always say to keep in mind the price. These are my fans, I don’t want to be taxing my fans.”
ON WEIGHING THE COMPETITION:
“I’m very hard on myself,” she said. “I’m hard on my entire team. We don’t focus on nobody else, we are just focusing on our last — the last music video, the last collaboration, we always compare it to our last best. We want to do better and better. When I do something positive and when I see my things selling out or my record doing pretty good, I get this crazy rush of happiness, but then it’s this rush of overwhelmingness that makes me want more [and] want more.”
ON HER LEGACY:
“It’s for me. It’s for my kid as well, but it’s for me,” she said making a point with her hands, complete with her signature, long red nails. “It’s something I can stand on. Like, I did this, I did that. I always say I love making money and it’s for the money, but it’s just not even about the money anymore. The money is always going to come. It’s about the high you feel when you accomplish something. People will try to rob that from you, bring up your past or your flaws, but it’s like, I don’t care because you can’t take away what I did. And I know my daughter is going to be like, ‘My mommy did this though. Yeah, what your mom did?’
Click here to read the interview in full.
The photos’ arrival comes just two weeks after ‘Footwear News’ unveiled its 34th annual FN Achievement Awards honorees and pegged Cardi B its “Style Influencer of the Year.” Click here to read more about that.