Cardi B is trying to venture away from being just a “rapper”. Outside of being a consistent chart-topping artist, Cardi has also been given acting roles in the acclaimed film Hustlers and the upcoming ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, F9. While in the midst of putting the finishing touches on her sophomore album, Cardi also is branching out into the toy business with the reveal of her new doll.
“BARDI GANG!! I’m dropping my own doll TODAY!” Cardi B excitedly shared alongside a photo of the doll. “Inspired by me. Created by me. Designed by me. Thank you @officialrealwomenare This means sooo much. Visit the website now to reserve your doll. You only have 72 hours – so go!”
The 28-year-old Bronx rapper and mother of 2-year-old Kulture also shared why she decided to enter the doll-making business. “I’m a girl’s mom and y’all know how crazy I go with my nieces on Christmas and everything, right?” she stated. “And I just be like, ‘Wow.’ Now and days, these dolls are not like Barbies. They are way more expensive, they come with way more fashion and they come way more diverse. They come so chic and I constantly gotta spend money on these dolls. My daughter constantly want me to buy these dolls, she actually has a preference.”
Cardi B announcing her new barbie doll on The Today Show this morning. 😍 pic.twitter.com/vcC9PxbRIw— Cardi B Updates (@BardiGangUpdate) March 5, 2021
In an interview with the Today Show, she doubled down on her decision to make a doll inspired by her daughter. “I have a 2-year-old, right? And I buy dolls every time I go to Target, and they expensive. So somebody came with this idea to me and I’m like, ‘That is great, because I would love my daughter to play with a doll that looks like me,'” Cardi said during the interview. “Growing up, I ain’t ever seen a doll that look like me. I ain’t ever seen a doll that really represents me. When you go to the doll aisle when you was my age, it’s either like there’s a real white one or there’s a real dark one. And there’s barely one that’s in the middle. None of them have my style, none of them have my flavor. I want a doll that represents me.”
The limited-edition doll runs for $35 and will begin shipping in July. Although fans may be willing to wait for July to receive their “Cardi doll”, they’re being impatient when it comes to her music. Cardi’s announcement didn’t sit too well with fans who have been waiting for the follow-up to 2018’s Invasion of Privacy.
Cardi B recently released her latest single “Up” to critical acclaim, but fans want more. Frustrated with the constant barrage of fans pressuring her for the new music, Cardi took to Instagram to vent. The rapper also made the decision to deactivate her Twitter account… again.
“I have so much pressure,” she said on Instagram Live. “I’m working on a lot of s**t to please people.… I wanna please my fans, because y’all been asking for something from me for a very long time that I can’t say, and I’m doing it for ya…and it’s like ‘you’re dropping a f*****g doll, we want an album!’ How am I supposed to be rich? How am I supposed to build my net worth?”
Haters of Cardi B quickly changed the name of the barbie doll to the WAP Doll. Check out some of their responses below:
The WAP Doll https://t.co/0gIX4z4jAv— Angela Stanton King 🇺🇸 (@theangiestanton) March 6, 2021
A wap doll for kids? Great!! 🥴— BARBIE🧝🏽♀️ (@DijoLovely) March 6, 2021
Will it sing WAP ? @todayshow nice family friendly guest— Bob Fink (@rjirish62) March 5, 2021