Cardi B has one simple instruction, two very simple words: be careful. 'It's not a threat, it's a warning, be careful with me' she sings to her groom in the brand new music video for the track called (yep, you guessed it) Be Careful.
The video for this particular song from the record breaking rap star's debut album Invasion of Privacy is a tale of two halves. Cardi Bswitches from bride-to-be to a widow scorned at her cheating ex-husbands funeral. And while it may be a warning tale of what happens when a love interest dares to cross Cardi and her fragile heart, it's also a brilliantly savage lesson in how to style a killer funeral outfit for a wayward partner who should have known better. There's no denying it, Cardi looks incredible. And that's half the point of the whole thing.
WATCH: Cardi B's Be Careful Music Video
In a southern-gothic aesthetic not all that distant from the visuals Beyoncé used for the Lemonade_ _album, phase one of the Be Careful video sees Cardi at a Church in the middle of the desert. Her white hair waves as she glides down the aisle wearing a beautiful wedding dress that could've come straight out of a Vera Wang catalogue, accessorised with hoop earrings and a tower of silver chains. She glides, she sings, she warns her husband that 'karma for you is going to be who you end up with'.
Fast forward an unspecified period of time and we're back at the same church. The guests, dressed in black and wearing consistently disapproving expressions on their faces, are still sat where they were for the earlier wedding. What's changed is that Cardi's other half is now lying in a casket and Cardi B re-enters the church in the outfit of dreams (or rather, nightmares...).
Cardi is not here to play games but she's is here to make one hell of style statement. A black wide-brimmed hat with a bejeweled veil upon her fierce fuchsia hair worn in an intricately knotted ponytail. A fitted black blazer with, from what we can see, little more than a black bra underneath. A full floor-length tasseled skirt (yes, in black) and black pointed stiletto boots with a diamanté strap across the toe to match the chokers Cardi wears around her neck.
Romance may be dead but vengeance looks pretty damn good on Cardi...
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When wearing a dress with many layers, you obviously want to show them all off - so cue the strange throw pose where you pick up a part of the dress and fling it around (as modeled here by Elsa Hosk) hoping the paps will catch the perfect picture
The hand cross
Jasmine Tookes shows off the perfect hand cross here, because knowing what to do with your hands when you don't have a bag is tricky. Cross them in front and they won't get in the way of the dresses silhouette
The hand on hip, but make it fashion
Pro models like Joan Smalls know that the hand-on-hip pose is just SO basic. So instead go for this modified version with a forward lean and hand slightly lower, on the thigh
The I'm leaving now, but am I?
Is she leaving, is she staying? When it's time to go but you need to make sure you've got a great paparazzi picture in the bag, 'The I'm leaving now, but am I' pose is the one to go for - plus you get to show off your shoes a bit
The royal wave
'Hello, is it me you're looking for?'
Celebs love a red carpet wave - are they saying hi, bye or just being friendly? Who knows
The over the shoulder glare
This is a red carpet classic, especially when wearing something backless like Bella Hadid is here. The aim is to show off as much back as possible without breaking your neck - unfortunately we're just not that flexible, back to pilates we go...
The best foot forward
Angelina Jolie famously stuck her right leg out for pictures at the Oscars in 2012 and became a meme, this pose by Lena Meyer-Landrut is slightly more subtle.
Front and side splits have to be made the most out of, so stick a leg through them and try not to topple over
The totally normal and not at all staged walk
Naomi Campbell knows that red carpet pictures can look very stiff and unnatural, so she employs this sneaky trick and takes a slow step forward to make it seem like she's mid walk
The leg cross
Some of these poses are seriously hazardous but they do make for good pictures. This leg cross modeled by Sonia Ben Ammar means he focus is firmly on the dress, the only time we'd do this in real life is if we needed a wee...
The power stance
As modeled by Damaris Lewis: shoulder's back, leg's wide apart and one leg just slightly in front of the other
The graceful lean
This leaning pose is a way to try and get the best red carpet angle, as Constance Jablonski knows. Just don't lean too far back...
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