Cardi B makes her Elle US debut for the September 2020 cover. Captured by photographer Steven Klein and styled by Kollin Carter, the American rapper wears a dazzling crystal Area headpiece and a glittering Versace dress on the first cover (above) and a Balenciaga top with Swarovski crystal veil from Keren Wolf on the second (below).
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In the cover story, written by Marjon Carlos, Cardi B chats about politics and activism, from her outrage at the way Breonna Taylor was killed to her pleas to fans to become more civically engaged at all levels of government.
‘’You can vote for DAs. You can vote for mayors. You can vote for your district. Not everything is the president. You know what I’m saying?’’, she said.
Cardi also opened up about the frequent attempts to cancel her (‘’it’s like I have a target on my back, but it’s not because of my music’’), her sometimes-controversial relationship with husband Offset (‘’I feel like people would rather start rumors because they want me to be heartbroken’’) and her upcoming album (‘’my music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch’’).
Hair: Tokyo Stylez
Make-up: Erika La’Pearl
Manicure: Jenny Bui
Set design: Mary Howard and Kyle Hagemeier
Production: Travis Kiewel and Roberto Javier Sosa
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