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'Y’all don’t do this to these white celebrities': Cardi B responds to criticism for Birkin bag collection

Cardi B has spoken out after trolls criticised the number of Hermés Birkin bags that she owns.

The rapper regularly posts about her Birkin bags, which famously cost upwards of £10,000 and come with a long waitlist, on Instagram.

Currently, Cardi B owns numerous iterations of the designer handbag in camoflauge, crystallised, and classic versions in addition to four of the covetable totes gifted to her by her husband Offset.

However, some fans have criticised the rapper and claimed that she and other female rappers, incuding Megan Thee Stallion and Saweetie, are depreciating the value of Birkin bags.

Over the weekend, a screenshot of an Instagram post calling the women out went viral.

“Birkins have literally lost their value,” the caption read.

"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.

“There are billionaires who are spending months/years on a waiting list to just get one. 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.”

Now, Cardi B has responded to the comment in a video shared on her Instagram page.

“I've been seeing this tweet right,” the 28-year-old began. 

“It had me and it had other female rappers on it. They were talking about if we could get Birkins from the Hermés store and they [were] also saying how we depreciate the value of a Hermés Birkin bag. I find that really interesting because, first thing first, I definitely could get a bag. Actually, I got four bags today from the Hermés store.”

The “WAP” rapper went on to say that people shouldn't be questioning if black and Hispanic women "could get a bag from the Hermés store" because "y'all don't do this to these white celebrities".

"So why is it that y'all gotta be asking us? What the f***? It just makes you want to brag like, 'Bitch do you know who the f*** you're talking to?' But no, I'm not even going to take it there," she said.

"Another thing is that they're saying we're depreciating the value," she continued. "Actually, we add value because when we mention brands in hip-hop, s*** go up."

Cardi went on to refer to her hit single "Bodak Yellow," which mentioned the designer Christian Louboutin. “When 'Bodak Yellow' came out you could actually Google that their sales went up 1000 per cent,” she said.

"When y'all say that we devalue s***, no we actually add value."

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