Baby Cardi was so adorable. 1
How cute is her little outfit? The frilly dress and flower headband are everything! She was born a princess.
Cardi has had major attitude and sass her whole life. 2
Here she is posing with her sister, Hennessy Carolina. "This is our playground now," she wrote in the caption for this photo. You didn't want to rumble with these two back in those days. Haha!
She has been laying the groundwork for her music career since high school. 3
Here she is doing her best rendition of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" at a talent show. Cardi has come such a long way since those days.
While she was an exotic dancer, Cardi was also building a name for herself on social media. 5
The star gained an enormous following on Instagram thanks to her hilarious, unfiltered videos. People loved her because she didn't care about looking or sounding perfect. Cardi always kept it real.
That notoriety helped land her first major TV gig. 6
Cardi was cast on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015, which introduced her to a whole new audience. She was already working on music at the time and her newfound celebrity status helped get her career off the ground.
Her glow up was real during her reality TV days. 7
Cardi experimented with different hairstyles and bold fashion choices on the show and in real life. Her transformation during her two seasons on the show was so impressive.
One of the biggest investment she made during that time was on her smile. 8
Cardi left 'Love & Hip Hop' to focus on her music career and it paid off. 9
She dropped two mixtapes during her stint on the franchise and by June 2017 she signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. Her first single was the chart-topping "Bodak Yellow," and the rest was history.
The Cardi from the previous image and this one are like night and day! 11
Here she is backstage at The Blonds in September 2015. There is no question that her transformation has been incredible.
Her minimalist days on the red carpet are long gone. 12
She hit the red carpet of the 2016 VH1's Divas Holiday:Unsilent Night show in a simple black dress that showed a ton of cleavage and a whole lot of leg. Cardi still serves sexy looks but they are so much more over-the-top.
Cardi stunned at the 2018 Grammy Awards. 13
She wore an incredible custom made white dress by Ashi Studio. Christian Louboutin shoes and diamonds completed the sculptural look.
Then there was a surprise! Cardi was pregnant, but that didn't slow her roll at all. 14
Cardi was still working hard and serving looks! She proved that having a baby bump is no reason to ditch skin-tight dresses and colorful wigs.
Cardi's pregnancy style was goals. 15
She made jaws drop at the 2018 Met Gala. Cardi wore a dramatic bejeweled gown designed by Jeremy Scott from Moschino that we'll never forget.
Cardi announced the birth of her baby Kulture in epic fashion, of course. 16
The rapper looked like a total goddess in her maternity photos. "Kulture :’)... no better feeling," she captioned this post.
Cardi snapped back in the blink of an eye. 18
She was back on stage looking and serving looks as if she was never pregnant within weeks of giving birth.
Her epic glam squad deserves so much credit for her transformation. 19
They are constantly switching up her entire look so you never know what you're going to get next. Her crew knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats.
Her makeup looks alone have gotten so much more intricate. 20
Cardi's makeup artist Erika La Pearl has been killing it. She loves playing with color and Cardi pulls her looks off beautifully.
This lavender feather moment was so good! 21
She performed at Paris Fashion Week last year in this power suit by designer Christian Cowan. The matching hair and makeup hit this look out of the park.
She can serve glam as easily as she can serve edgy street style. 22
Cardi slayed in this red bandana look. The piles of diamond chains around her neck are a hip hop must-have.
Her red carpet looks are as dramatic as ever. 23
This floral Dolce & Gabbana gown she wore was a total masterpiece. Only a star like her could pull of such a major statement.
Cardi has been gracing magazine covers like a total boss. 25
She served old Hollywood glam for People En Español last year. They called her the star of the year in 2018 for a good reason.