Cardi B gets backlash for paying homage to Durga Maa for her new sneaker collection

“Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time,” the rapper is has enraged Indians for her homage to goddess Durga for a sneaker collection.

Rapper Cardi B has once again tied up in controversy as her latest glimpse at her debut sneaker collection with Reebok enraged Indians. According to the caption, the 28-year old rapper is paying homage to Durga, the Hindu goddess, who symbolises protection and inner strength, in a gorgeous red Georges Hobeika gown.  In the image, we can see the Cardi’s eight hands stretched in different positions much like how Goddess Durga as her long black hair is trailing behind her. The post compares the rapper to goddess Durga saying, “Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time.⁠”

Footwear News shared the image of Cardi, captioning it, “If Cardi’s rockin’ it, go buy stock in it. That’s a tip as FN’s November cover star Cardi B makes her first major foray into the shoe industry with the Nov. 13 debut of her Club C Cardi sneaker collection with Reebok.”


While the magazine cover was artistically pleasing, the fact that the rapper was compared to the Goddess itself was the part that upset the fans the most. On top of it, Cardi’s gown revealed her cleavage which hurt more than just a few Indians. They were extremely displeased by Cardi’s bare-bodied homage to the Goddess. One Twitter user wrote, “So some people are saying Cardi B is paying homage to our Hindu Goddess Durga. As a Hindu, I want to say that, Durga maa is never depicted bare-bodied. Secondly, it is prohibited to wear shoes in a temple and this woman is holding a shoe on her hand depicting Goddess Durga?”

The rapper then took to her Instagram stories to apologies for the cover and hurting the sentiments of the people. She said that the director was the one who told her that the Goddess resonated strength and liberation and she went with it because it was what she stood for. She apologised and said that she should have done her research before doing it. She captioned her story with “Sorry guys. I didn’t mean to offend or disrespect anybody’s culture. I can’t change the passed but I’ll be cautious for the future. Love you guys.”