What is Big Latto's real name? Why do celebs use pseudonyms?

fenellabreaks July 27, 2021
What is Big Latto's real name? Why do celebs use pseudonyms?


Well-known for collaborations with pop icons such as Kanye West and Doja Cat, rapper Latto, also known as Big Latto, has had a series of stage names in the past (including Mulatto, which she stopped using in May this year). But what is Big Latto’s real name and why did she recently change her pseudonym?

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Who is Big Latto and what’s her real name?

Born in Atlanta Georgia, the star originally made her debut within the music industry in 2016, performing on a reality series called The Rap Game, which she went on to win.

Originally called Miss Mulatto, or just Mulatto, the rapper recently changed her stage name again to Latto or Big Latto.

With 7.8 million followers on Instagram, Big Latto’s real name is Alyssa Michelle Stephens.

Last May (2021) the solo artist released a song called ‘The Biggest’, including lyrics about why she changed her moniker from Mulatto to Latto.

It contradicted what I stand for/The backlash ain’t what I planned for“.

New crib/new whip/new name/I’m still that bitch…”

The star even released a video on her Instagram account explaining the word Latto and her own personal definition of it.

Why perform under a pseudonym? Miss Mulatto to Big Latto and beyond

Performers can decide to use stage names for many reasons. For example, their name might simply be considered dull or unattractive… harsh but in the music industry, your name can either make or break an artist.

Another reason is to be different and unusual. Names such as Lady Gaga may be unusual, but they stick in your mind. Everyone knows who Lady Gaga is – even if you can’t name a single one of her songs you have definitely heard the name.

The use of a different name can also be an attempt at retaining anonymity. Despite the incredibly slim chances of their real name remaining private as their career soars, some celebrities prefer to keep their birth names hush hush for as long as possible – as the rest of their private life will not be.

Furthermore, someone else might already have your name… Singer Katy Perry, whose birth name is Katy Hudson, might have created confusion with the actor Kate Hudson.

Who else has a stage name?

Recently, monikers have become more and more popular with up-and-coming artists, who are using everything from symbols to single words, numbers and full names.

Some famous artists’ real names include:

  • Lorde: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor
  • Frank Ocean: Christopher Edwin Breaux
  • Jamie Foxx: Eric Marlon Bishop
  • Cardi B: Belcalis Almanzar
  • The Weeknd: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
  • GiGi Hadid: Jelena Noura Hadid

Granted some of these names have been around for a while, but Focus news thought it would provide a reminder as some of these names are indeed a mouthful- no wonder the celebrities decided to go by monikers.

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Fenella is a Goldsmiths London University Undergraduate as well as a local pint pourer and parish councillor in the Cotswolds. She is a fanatic fan of Sally Rooney’s Normal People, a frequent writer for EastLondonLines and hopes her generation will kick-start an era of impartial and inclusive news.