If there’s one thing to love about Cardi B (aside from her music, of course), it’s how open and unapologetically honest she is about who she is. When it comes to her past, Cardi B makes no secret of the fact that she used to be a stripper, despite people telling her to stop talking about this part of her past. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Cardi B gets real about why.

Basically, she’ll keep talking about her past as an exotic dancer because she firmly believes they, like everyone else, deserve your respect. There’s so much truth to that. Even today, there’s a ton of stigma associated with being a stripper. But in reality, it’s a valid life choice, and it’s not easy. In fact, it takes a lot of hard work, and that’s something Cardi B has no issue talking about.

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Cardi B started stripping when she was 19 years old, and according to Time, she did it long enough to become financially independent. When asked if she’d ever tell a young woman to get into stripping, she candidly told Vibe, “I would tell her straight up, ‘You could be. You gonna make money. But you gonna spend a lot of it, too.’”Although she doesn’t necessarily feel like anyone should follow what she did, it’s all about having a goal.

That’s too true. We shouldn’t judge people for their life choices. Besides, you shouldn’t be ashamed about the things you’ve done in the past to survive. Nobody knows that better than Cardi B.