In the latest episode of Billboard's "Growing Up" series, Doja Cat explains the origin of her colorful, unique fashion sense while delving into her unconventional childhood and previewing her next album.
The singer and current Billboard cover star explains that both her mother and grandmother are painters, which is what likely inspired her striking visual style. "A lot of that inspired me to take up fashion and visual, experimental things," she says, describing her mom as a full-on "hippie from the '60s" who always supported her musical efforts.
Doja's aunt -- a singer who helped raise her -- was also instrumental in her early ambitions by giving the budding star singing lessons that helped her get into a performing arts school. It's no surprise she has the moves, either, since she began taking dance lessons at age five, starting with the Indian classical dance style Bharatanatyam. "I feel like it taught me to be emotive and control my body in a special way," she says, noting that at that time her family moved from New York to an ashram in California where late jazz great Alice Coltrane was her swamini.