Washington Wizards player Kyle Kuzma has taken a lot of flack for his fashion sense over the years, but the NBA star insists the garments he wears are actually masterpieces deserving of being hung in a museum and well-worth all of the jokes from his haters.
Kuzma confessed to people that he gets why the public gives him such a hard time. “I think people look at me and they see blond hair and they see the person that I date or the clothes that I wear, they have this image of me,” he said. “But not many people know that I’m just a regular humble dude and I just have fun.”
The basketball player added that he thinks his bleach blonde hair certainly doesn’t help matters, “Especially when I was in LA.” He continued, “It comes off as not serious, but you look at every soccer player in the world, they have crazy hair, but it’s just a stigma around American sports how sports fans see what an athlete should be and what they should look like .”
Even his teammates have been pretty critical of Kuzma’s love of high-end apparel in the past. On Christmas in 2019, during his time on the Los Angeles Lakers, his teammate Quinn Cook posted the video showing the whole team ragging on Kuzma’s look in the locker room, a mint-green suit and mesh tank top. But the NBA star says even being misunderstood by other players and turned into a meme for the way he dresses won’t stop his love of avant-garde fashion. Kuzma once again went viral in November 2021 for his outfit choices, this time for wearing an XXXL Raf Simons sweater with sleeves the somewhere ended around his calves. While the internet was filled with jokes about the garment, he claims, “The pink sweater was an art piece,” adding that it “was iconic and the entire world was talking about it.” He notes that it also remains one of his favorite things he’s ever worn “because the messaging behind it.”
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Kuzma also credits his girlfriend, model Winnie Harlow, with inspiring him to be more adventurous with his personal style. “We always bounce ideas off each other,” he explained. “[Winnie] has a lot of style, too, and that’s one of the things that’s connecting me to her and you know we love fashion, we love art, we love clothing.” Through Harlow and his own deep dive into the world of fashion designer, he says he’s realized that just like how “sport is an art, if you understand the game, if you understand the nuances of it, fashion is not just clothes. Fashion is art. For me to wear a big ass sweater, that’s not a piece you’d wear to the mall or anything. It’s art. That’s something that’s going to go in my house hung up on the wall.”
And in terms of the future of his pre-game fashion, Kuzma plans on continuing to dress exactly as he pleases. “People are always going to have opinions and reference points on how they view life and how they think life should be,” he says. “So it’s all about just being yourself and doing what you want, because all the people that say things about you, they’re not going to be in the grave with you, so it doesn’t really matter too much.”