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Cardi B says plastic surgery increased her confidence after years of bullying: ‘I feel vindicated’

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Cardi B tells Mariah Carey that plastic surgery helped her overcome insecurities about her figure (Picture: REX/Interview magazine)

Cardi B has revealed how plastic surgery made her feel ‘super confident’ as she opened up about childhood insecurities in a new interview.

The rapper got candid with fellow musician Mariah Carey as the hitmakers had an honest chat in the latest issue of Interview magazine.

Cardi, 28, recalled what it was like growing up ‘skinny’ in the Bronx and explained why she chose to transform her looks after years of being bullied.

She told the iconic singer: ‘Well, I’m from New York, right? And New York is a melting pot, especially where I grew up in the Bronx.

‘I was really skinny when I was younger, and in the Bronx, it’s about being thick and having an a**, so young boys would be like, “Look at your flat a**. You ain’t got no titties.” And it would make me feel so ugly and undeveloped.’

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She continued: ‘When I was 18 and became a dancer, I had enough money to afford to buy boobs, so every insecurity that I felt about my breasts was gone.’

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The rapper proved she’s happy to show off her figure in a new Interview magazine shoot (Picture: AB+DM/ Interview Magazine)

By age 20, enhancing her butt became her next priority as she added: ‘I went to the urban strip club, and in the urban strip clubs, you had to have a big butt. So I felt insecure about that. It took me back to high school. So I got my a** done.’

Mariah, 50, then asked Cardi if she feels vindicated now that she is an international star who had proved her critics wrong.

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Cardi oozed confidence in the new photoshoot (Picture: AB+DM/ Interview Magazine)

‘When I felt super confident. I feel so vindicated,’ the WAP hitmaker answered.

Cardi revealed it’s not just changing her figure that has built her confidence as she explained: ‘When I was younger, I didn’t really know how to take care of my hair. So now I make my own hair mask and take care of my natural hair, and it makes me feel better, like what people were saying about me isn’t true.

‘My hair was not bad because it was nappy. My hair was bad because I didn’t know how to take care of it.’ 

The Up rapper certainly oozed confidence in the magazine shoot styled by Kollin Carter and shot by AB+DM.

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