Dude Looks Like a Lady: Hip Hop Artists Wearing Women's Clothes

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There's a new fashion trend sweeping through the hip hop world that's a bit strange to outsiders: male rappers are donning women's clothes. If that story sounds too ridiculous to be true, then you haven't been paying attention to the rap world. It's been happening all throughout the business, with some of the most high-profile entertainers spurring the movement.


Rapper Little Wayne recently took to the stage of an awards show... wearing ladies' skinny pants. Kanye West threw on a multiprint women's shirt for a music festival. Snoop Dogg often wears jewelry designed for the fairer sex. Pharell Williams rocks the Birkin bag which many Hollywood actresses sport. Oh, yes, and Kid Cudi has been spotted in a plaid skirt. Not a kilt, mind you, but a skirt.


Jewelry line owner Elena Kiam was initially shocked when her women's products started showing up around the necks of 50 Cent, Snoop and P. Diddy.


"When we were designing these really beautiful, sparkly necklaces, we thought more for top editors, maybe a celebrity movie star. We really weren't thinking about hip-hop," said Kiam, who also said Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have worn her designs.


According to celebrity stylist June Ambrose, these big time artists can get away with the look because of their fame and profession. Ambrose believes that Lil Wayne looked "eccentric" in leopard print pants, but he was able to pull it off because of his rap star status.


"Fashion should be as unisex as it is right now. It's probably the most unisex we've seen it," she said.
The fad has not been restricted to just rap, either. Rockers like Russell Brand, Pete Wentz and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler have gone into the ladies section of stores over the years. And let's not forget about David Bowie, Prince and Freddie Mercury. No clarification is needed for that trio.


Few thought that they'd ever see the day when this style invaded hip hop. The genre has long been associated with masculinity. Believe it or not, the trend is very real. It's going to be very interesting to see if fans of the music start imitating their favorite stars' taste in feminine wear. Move over hipsters and emo kids; that hip hop fan saw those girls' jeans first.

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