A gimp mask is a hood-like mask worn on the head of a submissive person during sexual role play within the BDSM community. Gimp masks are usually worn during bondage, especially head bondage. They can be made of leather, PVC, rubber, spandex or darlexx. They often feature zippers at the mouth and eyes, which can be closed to restrict sight and speech.
Gimp masks can restrain and sexually objectify the wearer. They can be worn alone or with a full gimp suit, which often includes anchor points for bondage. The word gimp is believed to have been coined in the 1994 movie "Pulp Fiction." Although they have long been considered a part of BDSM, gimp masks have more recently popped up in mainstream culture. Kim Kardashian wore one for the release of Kanye West's album in 2021. Gimp masks also appeared in Balenciaga's spring 2023 show.
A gimp mask is also called a bondage hood or bondage mask.