Cardi B says companies pay her less for brand deals because of the colour of her skin

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Cardi B attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Photographed by Mike Coppola
Cardi B attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Photographed by Mike Coppola
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The 'WAP' hitmaker has claimed that Caucasian influencers on social media often get paid big money for advertising brands in their posts and has said she believes she's only being offered a fraction of their fee because she's a coloured girl, despite the fact that she's an artist, as well as an influencer.

"Sometimes I feel like a company might see, you know, a girl like me, a coloured girl like me. I'm a coloured girl, and I'm from the 'hood... and they might be like, 'Oh, we could offer her a $2 million (R29 million) advance.' And the company is gonna make out of you, probably... $50 million, $100 million (R1.4 million) . And you settle for $2 million (R29 million) because they think that you're so thirsty for that money that they just gonna give you the $2 million," she said speaking to XXL magazine.

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Cardi admitted she doesn't want to make everything about race but insisted race really matters when it comes to job opportunities. "I hate making everything about race because race does exist. Race is real. But I hate when sometimes people just want to make everything about race. It's just like, sometimes you do see that race really matters and s*** because I've been seeing some influencers that are not, you know, like me. Caucasian influencers. And they're getting paid big money."

"I'm a whole artist. And there are other artists that I know how much they're getting paid. I've been doing my research now, heavy. And it's like, damn... and that's why I'm like, Nah, I'm gonna get everything that I deserve."

The 'I Like It' rapper also added that she's focusing on building her own brand this year and is getting better at handling her money.

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