Who is Clara Almánzar? Everything About Cardi B’s Mother

Clara Almánzar is the mother of Cardi B, a famous American rapper and singer whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar Cephus. Clara Almánzar is currently 57 years old, having been born on September 19, 1965. She came to the limelight as a result of her daughter’s popularity as one of the most successful music artists in the music industry.

Despite being a divorcee and single-handedly raising her kids as a single parent, she is proud of what they have achieved so far. In this article, we are going to be taking a closer look into the life of the woman responsible for bringing a Grammy award-winning music talent into the world.

Summary of Clara Almánzar’s Bio

  • Full name: Clara Mercedes Almánzar (nee Disla Arenzo)
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: September 19, 1956
  • Clara Almánzar’s Age: 66 years old
  • Ethnicity: Afro-Latino
  • Nationality: Trinidadian
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Clara Almánzar’s Ex-husband: Carlos Almánzar
  • Clara Almánzar’s Children: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar Cephus (Cardi B) and Hennessey Carolina.
  • Famous for: Being Cardi B’s mother

Clara Almánzar was Born in September 1965

Clara Almánzar is the mother of the prominent American rapper and lyrical queen Cardi B. According to sources, Clara was birthed to her parents on September 19, 1965. She hails from Trinidad and Tobago, and her ethnicity is Afro-Latino, with African and Spanish roots.

Almánzar comes from a large family with 12 siblings (and she married a man who also comes from a big family), which meant her daughters were raised in a large family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Because of her daughter’s fame, the celebrity mother gained notoriety, but little is known about her because she leads a very private life.

In a similar vein, she has not provided any specifics regarding her experiences as a child. It is also difficult to determine whether the celebrity mother received any type of education because information about her elementary and high schools is not readily available.

Clara Almánzar was Once Married to Carlos Almánzar

We know by now that Clara Almánzar is a divorcee, having been married to Carlos Almánzar. Although little is known about how Clara and Carlos first met, they wed in 1991 and had two children together, Belcalis (Cardi B) and Hennessy. Clara Almánzar’s ex-husband was a taxi driver who hails from Dominica.

Clara Almánzar

At first, their marriage seemed to be going well, but after a few years, the couple’s relationship soured, and they made the decision to file for divorce in 2005. Cardi B, who was born in 1992, was only thirteen years old when Clara ended her marriage to Carlos.

As the divorce was finalized and the couple went their separate ways, the burden of catering for the children fell on Clara, and she had to raise her two daughters practically on her own single-handedly. The celebrity mother raised her daughters Cardi B and her sister Hennessy in Highbridge, The Bronx, New York, a community dominated by Hispanic and African-American families and also known as a low-income neighborhood.

She took up a job as a cashier at a local grocery store in The Bronx. She also had to take up extra jobs and work shifts just to be able to take care of her kids and pay the family bills. And being aware of the type of neighborhood they lived in, Clara was a strict parent and very protective of her girls, which led to some friction she had with her daughters, most especially the older one, Cardi B, who was rebellious.

However, they are now grown up, leading successful lives, and she has an amazing relationship with them. Her children remain grateful for the sacrifices their mother had to make for them to be where they are today. Clara Almánzar may not be as popular as her daughters, but she has been instrumental in their success. Despite not having much money, she worked hard to provide for her daughters.

Meet Clara Almánzar’s Two Daughters

Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar Cephus a.k.a Cardi B

Famous American rapper and singer Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar Cephus, popularly known by the stage name Cardi B, is the first daughter and child born to Clara Almánzar and her ex-husband, Carlos Almánzar. The famous rapper first gained popularity as a social media influencer on Instagram and the now-defunct Vine app.

The name ‘Cardi B’ came about when the two sisters were growing up. Cardi B, who somehow wanted a name akin to that of her younger sister whose name – Hennessey – was also that of a popular drink, decided to christen herself “Barcardi,” – which is the name of an equally popular brand of white rum. Hennessey began calling her sister “Barcardi,” especially in school, and the nickname stuck. And as the rapper gained more notoriety, she played with the nickname a little bit and finally settled on ‘Cardi B’.

Cardi B ventured into the music industry at an early age releasing the mixtapes Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 (2016) and Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2 (2017). The female rapper went further and released her first studio album titled Invasion of Privacy in 2018. The song debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and made her the first and only woman to win Grammy Award for Best Rap Album as a solo artist and the second female rap album to be nominated for Album of the Year.

She has had a successful career so far and has won lots of accolades, some of which are a Grammy Award, six Guinness World Records, eight Billboard Music Awards, and 14 BET Hip Hop Awards. Cardi B, according to sources, also became the first person of Dominican descent to reach number one in the history of the Hot 100 since it was launched in 1958.

Hennessey Carolina

Hennessy Carolina is the second daughter and child born to Clara and Carlos Almánzar. Hennessey is a model, television personality, and social media influencer who gained fame as Cardi B’s sister and also for appearing on Love & Hip Hop: New York with Cardi B for two seasons between 2016 and 2018.

She is presently in the showbiz industry as a fashion designer. She is also an entrepreneur with her own clothing line. On top of that, she is a former reality TV star who was a supporting cast member on the TV show Love & Hip Hop.

Clara Almánzar Has Two Grandchildren

Clara Almánzar, besides being a mother, is also a grandmother. The celebrity mother welcomed two grandchildren named Kulture Kiari Cephus and Wave Set Cephus from her famous singer daughter, Cardi B. Her first granddaughter Kulture was born on July 10, 2018, while the second grandchild, Wave Set Cephus, was born on September 4, 2021.

What Is Clara Almánzar’s Net Worth?

Clara Almánzar does not have an estimated net worth as her income is not revealed publicly, which makes it difficult to estimate it. However, her famous daughter Cardi B has a whooping net worth of $24 million which is gotten from her career as an entertainer and her social media presence.

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