Singer Sam Smith recently showed off an arm tattoo of a little boy in his underwear and heels staring into a full-length mirror, apparently as a nod to his “non-binary” identity.
“Tattoo artist Miles Langford of London Social Tattoo debuted Smith’s design on Instagram, sharing a photo of the pair posing together as well as a black-and-white close-up of the new ink with the caption, “@samsmith thank you! Swipe to see their new tattoo from @mileslangford,” PEOPLE magazine reported. “The tattoo, located on Smith’s right bicep, depicts a young person standing in front of a mirror in tighty whitey underwear and high heels. First spotted by the New York Post‘s Page Six, the ink seems to be a tribute to the ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ singer’s non-binary gender identity.”
While some praised Smith for the tattoo, others criticized the 28-year-old for his inappropriate image choice, and some hit Smith’s message for emphasizing gender stereotypes.
It’s ALL ABOUT STEREOTYPES!
A little [penis-owner] in underwear and heels staring in the mirror. pic.twitter.com/OtVAWciZEc
— ♥️ (@LabelFreeBrands) April 23, 2021
Two years ago, the openly gay singer said he identified as non-binary and prefers “they/them” pronouns.
“I’m not male or female,” Smith said on actress Jameela Jamil’s Instagram-sponsored series, as reported by Complex. “I think I float somewhere in between.”
“When I saw the word non-binary/genderqueer and I read into it and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘f***, that is me,’” he explained. “Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation. That’s how I take it—I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between — it’s all on the spectrum.”
“I’ve always been very free in terms of thinking about my sexuality,” added the “Dancing with a Stranger” singer, “so I’ve just tried to change that into my thoughts on gender as well.” Smith said he will “think like a woman sometimes.”
The Grammy winner said he had liposuction at age 12 because of his large “breasts” and previously contemplated having a sex-change operation.
Smith came out as a gay man to the public in 2014, and in 2017, the star told The Sunday Times that he feels “just as much woman” as he does “a man.”
“I love a heel,” Smith said, according to Rolling Stone. “I’ve got loads of heels at home. … People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that. There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr. Martens and huge fur coats – for two and a half years.”
“I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man,” he added.
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