Adam Lambert reveals he was forced to tone down ‘gender fluid’ album cover

© Freddy Main

Adam Lambert has revealed his androgynous style wasn’t always accepted by the music industry.

On the eight anniversary of his debut album, For Your Entertainment, the former American Idol contestant recalled how he was told by music executives to strip back his glam rock look to appeal to a wider audience.

The original cover for the record featured Adam rocking an androgynous look, including intense eye makeup and long blue hair, but some retailers refused to stock the CD as it was deemed too controversial.

That’s when music execs tried to tone down his signature style by releasing a second cover for the album – in this one, he’s still wearing makeup, but his hair is black and much of his face is covered up by his hand.

“I was feeling my gender fluid (and fully photoshopped) glam rock fantasy,” he wrote on Instagram.

“The powers that be released a second cover for retailers who felt ‘uncomfortable’ with the original (even though I was still fully painted).”

He added: “Seems so funny now… but just 8 years ago it was a much different climate.”

Despite initial concerns over his flamboyant appearance, Adam went on to become the first openly gay recording artist to have a number one album on the US charts with his sophomore release Trespassing.

“Look at all the gender fluidity stuff that’s become the conservation right now. The kids coming up right now are less hung up on stereotypical gender roles,” he recently told the Express & Star on the same topic.

“It’s funny, because I look at kids rocking some nail polish or a little glitter and I’m like, ‘Do you guys think this is new? I’ve been doing this for years’.”



The Edit: Investment buys for the home

Ariana Grande pays tribute to Manchester attack victims on one year anniversary

HIV discrimination removed from new insurance policy guidance

Challenging gender norms in fashion with Harrison France and Kyle Lawson

Colton Haynes says Hollywood “is a very odd place” for the LGBTQ community

There’s been an alarming drop in LGBTQ characters in major studio films, according to GLAAD report

Supergirl set to introduce first ever transgender character

Adam Rippon becomes first openly gay man to win Dancing With The Stars

Press enter to search