Princess Boy Appears In Pink Floofy Skirts, Made To Twirl By Meredith Vieira

Illustration for article titled Princess Boy Appears In Pink Floofy Skirts, Made To Twirl By Meredith Vieira

Cheryl Kilodavis and her 5-year-old son Dyson, who calls himself "Princess Boy," were on the Today show this morning, and Dyson wore his favorite color: Pink.


One of the most heartwarming moments in the clip below is when Dyson's father notes, "it's not contagious." That statement really pinpoints the strange stigma surrounding kids wearing clothes that are not traditional for their gender. While some make a fuss about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt dressing "like a boy," we have a word — tomboy — that somehow says her habit is not that strange, not that unusual. But little boys wearing dresses — day in, day out, to school — is not quite as common. Still, Kilodavis and her book, My Princess Boy, are doing important work: Teaching acceptance.

It was also notable that Cheryl Kilodavis said, "He knows that boys aren't dressing in dresses right now." Because most little boys used to wear dresses, and might again in the future! Who knows?


As awesome as Dyson and he Kilodavis family are, it was kind of awkward when Meredith Vieira made Dyson twirl. As we could tell in a clip from October of last year, Dyson is not totally comfortable on live TV, and making him perform on command sort of turns him into a show pony. But he's adorable, and we are 100% Team Dyson.

Click to view

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

My Son Likes To Wear Dresses, Big Deal! [Today Show]
Earlier: Meet "Princess Boy" & His Awesome Family

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


LudaŽena (Slatka)

Dyson Kilodavis is so abstract for me that I completely support his choice and am very proud of his parents for supporting him.

But... when I think about my niece or any hypothetical, future male children in my family doing this sort of thing... I just don't think I could allow it. Personally, I would want to slap the back of his head and tell him to give it up. But even though I accept that's wrong, I still wouldn't want him subjected to the same thing from everyone else.

It's a really big thing this Kilodavis family is doing. I admire it.