The secret behind Doja Cat's signature style? Baby, we need to know.
After all, there's no doubt that the 26-year-old will be serving some up serious looks at this year's BET Awards in Los Angeles June 26—especially seeing as how she's up for an impressive six trophies, including Album of the Year and Best Female Hip Hop Artist.
In fact, believe it or not, Doja's notable fashion taste was the force behind her 2018 viral hit, "Mooo!," which unexpectedly thrust her (and cows for a while) into the spotlight—and kickstarted her career.
"OK, so I love cosplay—not really cosplay in the nerdy way, I just like to dress up," she told HighSnobiety that year of her inspiration. "That's a huge part of what inspires me to make music, pretty much. I usually get on Instagram Live, and I had bought a ton of costumes. The one costume that I wore that day was the cow one. It was such an obnoxious shirt; the sleeves were so ridiculous. I loved it and I just didn't know what to write about in that moment."
She recalled, "I was just like, ‘Alright, f--k it. I'm just going to make a song about cows. Why not? That might be interesting.' I wanted it to sound good, I wasn't trying to go into it in a joking way.... It's not just a piece of comedy, really. That's how that came about, just from that outfit."
Since then, Doja has gone on to conquer bigger and better pastures—which also led her to up her fashion game. For more of her legend-dairy looks over the years, keep scrolling…
The 2022 BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.
A version of this story was first published on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8 p.m. PT.