Cardi B is clapping back at criticism over her extensive Hermès Birkin bag collection.
In an Instagram video posted Monday, the “WAP” rapper responds to a social media post that appears to imply that she and other female rappers of color depreciate the value of the coveted handbag, which can retail anywhere from $12,000 to $200,000.
In the alleged post, Instagram user @celestialthug wrote, “sorry idc if this comes off as anti Black but it is what it is. Birkins have literally lose their value.”
The alleged post also appears to imply that Cardi and Miami hip-hop duo The City Girls flaunt fake Birkins.
“The City Girls and Cardi have got y’all convinced that these Birkin bags are easy to get. There’s a certain number of Birkins that are made per year… These bags are supposed to be exclusive and you’re supposed to be big in the fashion world and have relationships with these people to get one,” the post said, adding, “A little rap duo from Miami who can’t even land a Vogue cover or a number 1 do not have authentic Birkin bags sorry.”
In her response, Cardi — who appeared on one of four January 2019 Vogue covers and has been invited to exclusive fashion events such as the Met Gala — says she has no trouble getting a Birkin… and even snagged FOUR that very day!
“I seen this tweet that it had me and it had other female rappers on it and they were talking about if we could get Birkins from the Hermès store and they [were] also saying how we depreciate the value of a Hermès Birkin bag,” she said. “I find that really interesting, right, because first thing first, right—I definitely could get a bag. Actually, I got four bags today from the Hermès store.”
Cardi then points out the seemingly racist nature of the social media user’s post.
“Why is it that y’all asking female rappers if they could get a bag from the Hermès store. Y’all don’t do this to these white celebrities,” she said. “So, why is it that y’all gotta be asking us?”
In response to claims that she depreciates the value of a Birkin, Cardi argues that she actually increases it.
“Actually, we add value because in hip hop, when we mention brands in hip-hop, they ---- go up.”
Referencing her 2017 hit “Bodak Yellow” (which name-drops Christian Louboutin heels) and 2018 song “I Like It” (which references Balenciaga shoes), Cardi claims that sales for these items went up after the songs got popular.
Despite this, Cardi assures fans that they don’t need to break the bank to look fabulous.
“Let me tell you something: if you’re a regular girl, you don’t gotta break your neck to have a Birkin. A Birkin don’t make you,” she said. “A ----- don’t give a ---- if you have a Birkin or Aldo purse.”