Cardi B Makes a Sultry Arrival in Curve-Hugging Dress and Blade Heels at MTV VMAs

“Spicy mami, hot tamale” aren’t just lyrics in her hit single, “I Like It.” Turns out, Cardi B is just as fierce in real life, arriving at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in a look that’s grabbing all the headlines.

The rapper, who is opening tonight’s VMA’s show in New York City, made a serious sartorial statement on the pink carpet in a sultry magenta dress by Lebanese fashion designer Nicolas Jebran. It was a look that not only showed off her décolletage, but also flaunted her curves with a thigh-high slit.

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Cardi B wears Casadei heels.
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Draping beautifully at the back, the dress drew the eyes down to her shoes — a pair of sky-high sandals by Casadei. (The brand is recognized for its signature blade heel, characterized by a razor-thin stiletto that tapers to a fuller, yet still skinny heel.)

Both Cardi B and Casadei have had a monumental 2018, with the Casadei celebrating its 60th anniversary and Cardi B leading the VMAs’ roster of nominees with a whopping 10 nods. She also gave birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus in July, making this event her first post-baby red carpet appearance.

“Thank you to everybody,” she told reporters before the show. “I’ve just been so busy, so tired. Like, I’m in a different world, a different dimension.”

Cardi B arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, in New York2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals, New York, USA - 20 Aug 2018
Cardi B arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
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Cardi B shoes, Casadei
A closer look at Cardi B’s shoes
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