If Cardi B is seen sporting a pair of dazzling nails, it’s probably the work of Jenny Bui. According to a profile at the American salon, Bui has been doing nails for more than 20 years and her Swarovski-encrusted ensembles have earned her the title “Queen of Bling.”
Bui told Cosmopolitan that she met Cardi B at her nail salon, Nails on 7th, in Harlem. But before landing in New York, Bui, a Khmer Rouge survivor from Cambodia, traveled through Vietnam, Thailand and Canada before arriving in the United States, where she attended cosmetology school. According to NYC Go, she was inspired to experiment with dazzling styles after flipping through Japanese nail art magazines. Today, she is a highly sought after celebrity nail artist. In 2019, she was named Nail Artist Influencer of the Year at the American Influencer Awards. She was named an Artist Ambassador by OPI and in 2021, “The Queen of Bling” released a line of dazzling press-on nails in collaboration with Makartt.
Bui gave Cardi B many iconic manicures, including the white stiletto set with multi-faceted Swarovski crystals for the 2018 Grammys, and this bedazzled scarlet ensemble for the 2019 Met Gala — Refinery29 reports had over 250 crystals.