Hennessy stunned in the images of Boohoo's holiday campaign. 1
This sequin and yellow fur combo is the perfect amount of extra for Hennessy.
She lives and breathes fashion. 2
Hennessy loves experimenting with her style and frequently posts killer looks on Instagram.
Hennessy is always switching up her hair. 3
From different lengths to bold colors, she'll try it all.
Hennessy has major goals she wants to accomplish in the fashion industry. 5
She wants to be a stylist and fashion designer, and she is working towards that by studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "My dream customer is every celebrity that’s on the red carpet," she told BET. "Everybody at the Met Gala and on top of that, just everybody and anybody. I would dress everybody."
Cardi gave Hennessy a major boost on her road to stardom. 6
Cardi was already wildly popular on Instagram when she joined Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015, but the reality show helped her reach new levels of fame. Hennessy came along for the ride in 2016, which helped her build a platform of her own.
The love goes both ways. 7
She is Cardi's #1 fan, and is always celebrating her on social media.
The story behind her name is iconic. 8
Her dad was drunk on Hennessy when she was born and decided to name her after the liquor.
Cardi's stage name was inspired by Hennessy. 9
"My sister's name is Hennessy, right?" Cardi, whose birth name is Belcalis Almanzar, told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show last year. "So, everybody used to call me Bacardi. So, I always call myself Bacardi, right? Then it was my Instagram name--like Bacardi, Bacardi B--but for some reason, my Instagram kept getting deleted; I think it was Bacardi that had something to do with it, so I just shortened it to Cardi B."
She got involved in Cardi's feud with Nicki Minaj. 11
In the days after Nicki Minaj and Cardi B's massive scuffle at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party in September, Hennessy was noticeably silent, but it was for a good reason. When a fan asked why she wasn't clapping back she replied, "I don’t talk, I fights.” The feud escalated when Hennessy accussed Nicki Minaj of leaking Cardi's phone number, which opened her up to attacks from the rapper's fans. Hennessy also got into a war of words with Rah Ali, who Nicki said "really, really beat Cardi’s ass bad” during their New York Fashion Week altercation.
Hennessy is just as unfiltered as Cardi. 12
"Some people act a certain way because they are worried about society," she told Paper Magazine. "I act a certain way just because I'm living my life. I don't worry about anybody."
She did a reality competition show to help her community. 13
Hennessy told Billboard that she was on the fence about joining MTV's The Challenge: Champs Vs. Stars earlier this year, but she decided to do it for charity. "I chose BronxWorks because I’m from The Bronx, and I got raised in The Bronx, and I just know the struggle and how it is growing up in The Bronx," Hennessy said. "I just did it for The Bronx. ... I wanted to help the kids and everyone there, because there’s not a lot of opportunities out there."
Hennessy came out as bisexual on Instagram and is teaching people around her that love is love. 14
Her mom had a hard time accepting her sexuality, but she eventually started to see Hennessy's side of things. "I taught my family and they actually became accepting because I sat them down," she told Paper Magazine. Seeing Hennessy in love with her girlfriend changed them. "We've been believing this is the way things are and it's not--that's just rules that been put on us," she said. "But now I feel free and now I just try to spread the message as much as I possibly can. Love is love no matter what gender."
She got her girlfriend by sliding into her DMs. 15
"I actually like that I did the first move, because nowadays I don’t trust nobody," she said. "It’s hard because I don’t know people’s real intentions nowadays, but as of right now I’m OK, I guess, because I feel like I found someone."
Hennessy is capitalizing on her success in a major way. 16
She is conquering fashion and TV, but she has movies on the way as well. "Everyone thinks I should be an actor," she told Paper Magazine. "Everyone really wants me to act and I'm just like, Sure I'll try anything."