See Doja Cat Dressed Like A Real Kitten

Doja Cat arrived at the Met Gala as the late designer Karl Lagerfeld's pet cat Choupette.

By Robert Scucci | Updated

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Over the past several years, we’ve seen Doja Cat take on many different looks as she continues to fine-tune her public persona and likeness. And her latest Instagram post shows her taking her image quite literally, as she is dressed like a real kitten at the Met Gala.

But this is no ordinary kitten getup; she’s wearing a sparkling white dress, matching diamond rings, bracelets, and facial prosthetics that tie the whole look together.

Though Doja Cat’s career truly took off in 2019 with her second LP, Hot Pink, we can’t help but wonder how excellent she would have been in the 2019 film adaptation of Cats had she been more well-known at the time. But strangely enough, Doja Cat’s outfit wasn’t necessarily to promote herself, but rather to honor the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. In fact, she actually dressed like his pet cat, Choupette, to honor his legacy at the Met Gala, which was also themed in his honor.

And this isn’t the first time that Doja Cat has had some fun dressing up like an animal. Her 2018 single, “Mooo!,” which was meant to be a novelty song, shows her wearing a revealing cow outfit while twerking, drinking a milkshake, and eating a cheeseburger in the viral video that she made to promote the song. It’s exactly this level of humor that put Doja Cat on the map.

Though her 2018 debut LP, Amala, was met with an underwhelming response, the viral nature of “Mooo!” helped Doja Cat gain notoriety and popularity on the internet. The song was so popular, that it was formally released on digital platforms as the lead single for the deluxe edition of Amala, and her career only took off from there.

Doja Cat isn’t just a novelty act, however. Her genre-blending brand of hip-hop, pop, and R&B shows us a serious musician at work. Not only does she know how to sing a great pop hook, Doja Cat is also known for her rapid-fire rap delivery that’s reminiscent of Busdriver, and Nicki Minaj. And while critics have stated that her pop-rap styling continues to build on Minaj’s legacy, it’s worth noting that she doesn’t wear her influences on her sleeve.

Despite Doja Cat’s current success, it’s worth noting that she came from humble beginnings. Born Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, Doja Cat dropped out of high school when she was just a junior year at the age of 16. It was at this point that she realized that the only thing she wanted to do was write music and perform. She spent most of her days during this time browsing the internet, downloading beats off of YouTube, and experimenting with Garage Band while trying to find her own unique voice.

Like many other aspiring songwriters that preceded her, Doja Cat gained her initial popularity by uploading her own recordings to SoundCloud, performing in the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene, and networking. In other words, Doja Cat made it very clear at a young age that she wanted to do things her own way, and it’s evident that her hard work over the years has paid off.

And in 2023, we can still see Doja Cat grinding away while working on new music. Her latest effort, Hellmouth, is slated for a release sometime this year, but no formal release date has been announced at this time. The album will be a follow-up to 2021’s Planet Her, which was met with critical acclaim and certified platinum sales.