Kid Cudi is no stranger when it comes to challenging gender norms with his style choice. The “Man On The Moon” has been making headlines for his bold and unconventional fashion choices, such as wearing dresses, skirts, and crop tops.
Some people have speculated that his clothing is a reflection of his sexuality, and that he might be gay or bisexual. However, Kid Cudi has never publicly confirmed or denied his sexual orientation, and has stated that he does not like labels. He has also expressed frustration and anger at the homophobic and ignorant comments he receives online, especially when he is simply smiling and being happy.
In this blog post, we will explore the truth behind Kid Cudi’s fashion choices, and why they are not necessarily related to his sexuality.
Kid Cudi’s Fashion Influences and Inspirations
Kid Cudi has always been interested in fashion and has collaborated with various designers and brands over the years. He has also cited some of his fashion influences and inspirations, including Kurt Cobain, Pharrell Williams, David Bowie, Prince, and Andre 3000.
One of the most notable examples of Kid Cudi’s fashion homage was when he wore a floral dress to Saturday Night Live in April 2021, as a tribute to Kurt Cobain, the late lead singer of Nirvana. Cobain famously wore a similar dress on the cover of The Face magazine in 1993 and was also known for challenging gender norms and stereotypes with his clothing.
Kid Cudi explained his SNL outfit on Twitter, saying:
“Virgil designed the dress for me. I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt [with] a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece. Thank U @virgilabloh [you are] a fuckin genius!! Love you man we did it!!!”
Another example of Kid Cudi’s fashion tribute was when he wore a white wedding dress to the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York in November 2021, as a tribute to David Bowie, the late rock legend and fashion icon. Bowie often wore androgynous and flamboyant outfits and famously wore a wedding dress on the cover of his 1971 album The Man Who Sold the World.
“This is Eli’s vision. He sent me a text and said he wanted to do this and I said, ‘Let’s go.'”
Kid Cudi’s fashion choices are not only influenced and inspired by other artists but also by his own messages and statements. He has said that he wears what he likes and what makes him feel comfortable and confident, and that he does not care about what other people think or say.
He has also said that he wears dresses and skirts to challenge the norms and expectations of masculinity, and to inspire other men to be themselves and express themselves freely.
For instance, when he wore the floral dress to SNL, he also wore a green cardigan that was a replica of the one Cobain wore during his MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The cardigan was later auctioned off for $140,000, and the proceeds went to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a cause that is close to Kid Cudi’s heart, as he has struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts in the past.
He also wore a necklace that said “Chris Farley”, as a tribute to the late comedian and SNL star, who died of a drug overdose in 1997. Kid Cudi said that Farley was one of his heroes, and that he wanted to honor him.
Similarly, when he wore the wedding dress to the CFDA Fashion Awards, he also wore a necklace that said “Off-White”, as a tribute to Virgil Abloh, the late fashion designer and founder of Off-White, who died of cancer in November 2021. Kid Cudi said that Abloh was his friend and mentor, and that he wanted to celebrate him.
When a Twitter user resurfaced his SNL performance from 2021, speculating on whether his fashion choice was an Illuminati humiliation ritual, Cudi responded:
“Dear Issac, you are a silly, stupid, little person, and so are all the people under this post. It’s the start of a new year and I have time for people like you today. This post is very lame and sad of you,” Cudi wrote on X. “A black man can’t express himself and be confident and successful without it being some conspiracy. God gave me my success with the help of my many angels.
“All you people in the comments who have been tweeting me all day about this can choke on my mayo. This moment was a proud moment for me, a shining moment for all people who express themselves in their art. I felt free and alive, it inspired people and nothing you stupid simpletons say can take that away from me. Happy New Year, you f*cking simps.”