Invitees to last night’s Harpers Bazaar Icons party for New York Fashion Week had the red carpet experience of their lives when, on a balcony above them, Cardi B’s fists reportedly tried to make a beeline for Nicki Minaj’s head. Post-pregnancy thonged asses were exposed, entourages pounced, and security walkie-talkies were frantically screamed into. It was HIGH DRAMA at NYC Fashion Week. Every celebrity red carpet should have this sort of show. Imagine how much more entertaining the Oscars would be if Dame Judi Dench messily tried to rip the weave out of Meryl Streep’s melon? Cardi was swathed in a red Dolce & Gabanna fightin’ gown, and was escorted off the premises with a non-decorative lump on her forehead. Violence IS glamour! (Please note the sarcasm.)
Multiple news outlets reported on the semi-brawl, which took place, heavens(!), at the Plaza Hotel. (Is Eloise ride or die for Nicki or Cardi?) Page Six claims that it all started when someone pushed Cardi “from behind” and she “went flying.” Cardi’s people told TMZ after the fight that she had approached Nicki, who was reportedly sitting at a table, to “to address the lies Nicki was spreading” and didn’t intend to swing at her. People says that Cardi arrived to the event first, and took it to another level when she spotted Nicki arriving after her on the balcony. We’re going to need a fight expert to analyze the videos (below) to discern what really happened! What everyone can agree on is that Cardi was screeching “I’ll fuck you up” among other obscenities, threw a “giant red shoe,” and the back of her gown was ripped and she ended up ass out.
Numerous videos have emerged of the incident because the most important thing to do when a violent brawl breaks out is lifting your phone. First aid be damned!
Here’s the most dramatic one where Cardi screams “let me tell you something” and launched herself at Nicki but was stopped by security.
When a heated, post-pregnancy momma in a ballgown approaches you hissing “let me tell you something…,” fear for your life and immediately jump your ass over that balcony and hope you land on something soft and not on the cold, jagged rocks that make up Anna Wintour.
“It was bad,” said a source. “They were separated by security, but Cardi was still trying to get at her. She took off a giant red shoe and threw it at Nicki — who was being blocked up against a wall by huge security guard.”
Cardi was then led into another room while Nicki was held back with security in front of her.
Souvenirs of the brawl were available afterward. Fun!
“There was a giant fist full of hair on the floor. One of Cardi’s assistants came and grabbed it and took it with her.” As for the shoe? Sources tell us someone from Nicki’s camp was heard saying “keep it.”
Another witness said of the melee, “It was everyone’s people,” and, “Cardi’s standing there with her dress ripped and underwear showing and yelling with a bunch of guys holding her back.” One guest’s video allegedly shows Ali “trying to go after Cardi after Nicki was against the wall, and Cardi screaming obscenities.”
Here’s another video of Cardi taking off her shoe right before she threw it:
Cardi left the party with a big lump on her head and no shoes. Afterward, she went on Instagram to explain the messy behavior.
This drama took place while Christina Aguilera performed unbothered. Having myself once attended an Xtina show, it’s understandable that Cardi and Nicki started slapping at each other out of sheer boredom.