MTV VMAs 2018: Cardi B is rap royalty in magenta asymmetric number at first post-baby appearance

Jennifer Kline

That post-baby glow!

Just over a month after giving birth to her first child, Cardi B hit the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards Monday night, looking regal-meets-rap in a skin-baring velour ensemble.

The new mom, ever the style chameleon, also debuted dark hair cropped tight against her neck for a decidedly glam-Carol-Brady aesthetic.

While most performers would be nervous about opening the VMAs, anxiety didn't appear to plaguing Cardi over the weekend: Rather, she remained in doting mom mode, tweeting Sunday night, "My baby is sooooo yummy. I really love this little girl she really is everything."

In addition to kicking off the show, the star is also the most-nominated artist of the night with 10 to her name.

Cardi welcomed daughter Kulture in July with her husband, rapper Offset, who she quietly married in 2017. The two kept their marriage a secret for months before the news finally leaked earlier this year.

While Cardi was definitely a style standout, there were plenty of other hot looks on the VMAs red carpet. Take a look: