Dr. Catrice Austin, Cardi B’s dentist dropped by the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Press Play Below To Listen!
Cardi B is living her best life professionally and privately, it seems.
A soon-to-be mother, the former Love & Hip Hop star and her “Bodak Yellow,” the smash single from her Invasion of Privacy album, which made her the first female rapper to earn a No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart since Lauryn Hill.
A nod to Louboutin’s “red bottom” shoes is “Bodak Yellow” is beyond catchy and showed a vulnerable side to Cardi B.
If you’re tardy to the party, Cardi B referenced getting her pearly whites repaired in her “Bodak Yellow lyrics, stating:
“Got a bag and fixed my teeth/Hope you hoes know it ain’t cheap”
“That is one of the best public smile stories that I can ever think of,” says dentist, Dr. Catrice Austin.
Austin should know. She’s the recipient of sad bag and the architect in fixing said teeth.
Check out Dr. Catrice Austin talked Bodak Yellow with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.
“I thank her for giving me that trust, because trust me; there were many dentists trying to do her smile for free,” Dr. Catrice Austin told me by phone on a recent episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
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For nearly 20 years, Dr. Austin has been a cosmetic dentist in New York City. Known in the entertainment world as The Queen of Smiles, Austin has been in the business of transforming smiles for singles, business people, celebrities, and simply anyone looking to simply enjoy life with a better smile.
A Flint, Michigan native, Austin could relate to Cardi B’s early struggle. In high school, Dr, Austin got imperfect teeth, was teased a bit and then got braces. That experience found her become a later dental school granduate and would propel her to help others perfect their smiles.
“As you’re starting fresh in your career, your smile and your image does matter; and she’s human,” Dr. Austin said of Cardi B.
“As tough and as bold as she is, she would read the comments on Twitter and Instagram and it did start to bother her.”
Late singer, Isaac Hayes, actor, Malik Yoba and VH1’s Love & Hip Hop creator, Mona Scott have all counted Dr. Austin as their go-to dental expert.
According to Dr. Austin, Mona Scott was instrumental in introducing Cardi B and Austin. “I never like to violate my relationships and take advantage of my friends and their positions,” she said.
A mutual friend encouraged Dr. Austin to present Scott with a dental strategy for Cardi B and she’s glad she listened to that advice.
“As soon as she got it she was like, “girl, Cardi B is ready to get her teeth done and I want you to do it.’”
The pressure to construct the perfect transformation for Cardi B was on. Dr. Austin knew the task would create a very public smile and that there was no room for error. “I had to put my best foot forward,” she said.
“But I wanted to kill it, because I’d been reading the comments about her teeth and people on the internet are quite cruel. So I made it my business when I had the opportunity to give her the best makeover that I could possibly deliver, and it was pretty good, huh?”
Her milk white teeth add the finishing touch to her magnetic personality.
“America seemed to like it,” says Dr. Austin.
“It really changed her life, and to see her sitting next to Anna Wintour and now on the cover of Rolling Stone with her man. It’s a testament that a smile does play an important role in your image.”
With a solid co-sign in “Bodak Yellow” intact and media hits on spots like TMZ following that reference, business has been booming for Dr. Austin. “I’m very thankful because she didn’t have to put anything about her teeth in her number one song, “Bodak Yellow,” she says.
“She did and that’s what started a whole ‘nother round of referrals and for the last two-and-a-half years, it’s been an amazing journey.”
Check out thequeenofsmiles.com for more on Dr. Catrise Austin.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson is the host of the Scoop B Radio Podcast. A senior writer at Basketball Society, he’s had stops as a staff writer at The Source Magazine, as a columnist and podcast host at CBS and as an editor at RESPECT. Magazine. In his downtime, he enjoys traveling, swimming and finding new sushi restaurants.