Meet the 'Queen of Bling' behind Cardi B's elaborate manicure

Rapper Cardi B's nails are adorned with Swarovski crystals and take hours to do.

April 4, 2018, 9:39 AM

In the past year, Cardi B. has risen from reality star to bona-fide music superstar. The Bronx born-and-bred artist is known for her fast-talking raps, candid commentary on social media and her ostentatious fashion.

As she’s climbed the music charts, one person who has been along for the ride is Cardi B’s nail stylist, Jenny Bui.

Known as the "Queen of Bling," Bui has gained recognition for her blinged-out manicures worn by Cardi. Her signature style often features "stiletto" nails adorned with dozens of Swarovski crystals.

“All my designs of the bling make [it so easy for people]. They don’t have to wear jewelry. They just dress and then put on a little makeup and go,” Bui told ABC News at her Bronx salon.

The "Bodak Yellow" artist has been getting her nails done by Bui for five years and frequently shows off the intricate nail creations to her 20 million Instagram followers.

PHOTO: Recording artists Cardi B and Bruno Mars perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York.
Recording artists Cardi B and Bruno Mars perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York.
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“When Cardi comes in she lets me do whatever I want. I ask her the color and she tells me the color of her nails and I just do it. And every time I do it, she likes it,” Bui said.

The mother of five owns two salons in New York and said that after so many years together, Cardi seems like a member of the family.

“I treat her just like my daughter and she treats me just like her mom,” she said.

PHOTO: New York-based nail stylist Jenny Bui has been doing rapper Cardi B's nails for more the past 5 years.
New York-based nail stylist Jenny Bui has been doing rapper Cardi B's nails for more the past 5 years.
Jenny Bui

The intricate manicures can take hours to create, depending on how much “bling” the client wants, said Bui.

However, her nail creations don’t stop at crystals. She also uses other gems, like opals, and can paint intricate portraits as well as 3D art.

PHOTO: Bui is famous for her ornately designed nails featuring Swarovski crystals, which she says can take hours to complete based on how much 'bling' the client wants.
Bui is famous for her ornately designed nails featuring Swarovski crystals, which she says can take hours to complete based on how much 'bling' the client wants.
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Business has been booming for Bui, with people coming from other countries to have their nails done like the rapper.

“Every time a new client comes in, they hug me. They are so excited [and act] like I’m a star,” Bui said. “I feel like I won the lotto.”

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