Cardi B turned heads at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards while wearing gowns by not one, but two Lebanese designers.
It was her first red carpet appearance since giving birth to her daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus who was born on July 10, according to Rolling Stone.
The New York native and rapper marked the occasion by stepping out onto the red carpet in a fitted velvet dress made by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran.
Jebran is a haute couture designer who was born in Lebanon and has gained global renown. According to the designer’s website, his work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, and he has gone on to style Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Kendall Jenner and more.
Later in the evening, Cardi B accepted the Best New Artist award in a gorgeous strapless red dress artfully cut to flare out in rippling waves by Beirut-based label Azzi and Osta.
The Azzi and Osta fashion house was established by designers George Azzi and Assaad Osta, both honed their fashion skills by enrolling in the international fashion education group Esmod Beyrouth in 2004 and went on to become assistant designers at the fashion house of legendary Lebanese fashion behemoth Elie Saab, according to their website.
Cardi B is best known for her recent hit “I Like It” and U.S. Billboard Hot 100 topper “Bodak Yellow.”