Kiddy Smile was raised in a housing project in Rambouillet (Yvelines) to the southwest of Paris. His teenage years were rather rowdy, but he soon acquired a taste for dancing. He appeared in a few music videos, especially George Michael’s ‘An Easier Affair’, and moved from Rambouillet to Paris. He took dancing lessons and discovered Sylvester and Grace Jones – who, he says, shaped his personality.
Before beginning his musical career, Kiddy Smile was a fashion stylist (a love passed on to him by his mother). Among his influences, he cites African-American genres such as gospel and hip-hop, 90s Chicago and Detroit music, the voguing movement and the New York house ballroom scene.
Kiddy Smile met Gossip singer Beth Ditto at a Jeremy Scott fashion show. Beth invited him to appear with her band at the Coachella Festival in Los Angeles. He also ran into Lasseindra Ninja, a Parisian voguing figure, who introduced him to the movement and encouraged him to organize events. In a 2015 interview, Kiddy Smile explained that “Voguing is above all ballroom-culture dance, a space for freedom where you can be yourself, where outcasts can find a place.”
Through his events, dancers, music and videos, Kiddy embodies that culture where his skin color, love of fashion and homosexuality are fully embraced. His talent and extravagant nature brought him into the public eye and he became known as the ‘French Prince of Voguing’. While he was organizing his Strange nights (a qpoc party, Pierre used to run for 3 years), he met Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of Balmain, who asked him to develop the brand’s sound identity. Kiddy would also work with Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Lancôme, Versace and Asos… In 2016, he dropped two tracks, Teardrops In The Box and Let A B!tch Know, on english house label Defected.
Kiddy Smile released his first album, One Trick Pony, on August 31, 2018. It explores more intimate, personal subjects such as unrequited love, paternal desertion and acceptance of one’s body. “I define myself as a house-music artist. Queer is limiting. My music reflects my everyday life. I talk about me and being black and gay. My songs are about love. They’re not political, but my work is.” Just like the video for Let a B!tch Know, which was shot in the Alouettes housing project in Alfortville to the southeast of Paris. In it,ballroom breaks out at the foot of the blocks, fierce attitude topples macho posturing and LGBT identities are freely expressed.“I wanted to make a video showing what a society looks life when you can be yourself where you want” sums up Kiddy Smile. On November 22, 2019 Kiddy Smile released the EP One Trick Pony (Remixes).
The artist also played in the new movie directed by Gaspard Noé, Climax, which won the Art Cinema Award and critical acclaim at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. (Directors’ Fortnight). The first single from the album, Dickmatized, is on the original soundtrack of the movie.