Kenya Moore–former Miss USA and current star of the Atlanta Real Housewives show on Bravo–is coming to Splash on April 4 to premiere her new song and video, “Gone With The Wind Fabulous.”
I interrupted my Kinky Boots-Fabulous life to catch her for a stimulating tete-a-tete.
Hi, Kenya. How did the ‘Gone with The Wind Fabulous’ idea come about?
I was on a little mini-vacation with my aunt on an island, having cocktails, and we were recapping everything that’s happened for the season. I said, ‘It doesn’t matter what they think–I’m fabulous. I’m Gone With The Wind fabulous.’ And then I started repeating all the negative things said about me–I’m old, I’m ugly, etc. And I said, ‘It’s no matter what they said because I already knew I was Gone With The Wind fabulous.’ That fueled my creative juices.
I assume you mean Scarlett, not Prissy or Mammy.
[laughs] I live for Miss Scarlett O’Hara. She was fabulous and gorgeous. All the boys wanted to date and marry her. She had a hard time in love–she loved someone who couldn’t love her back–but at the end of the day, she was a firecracker. I relate to her. And on a serious note, the film represents the first black woman to win an Academy Award–Hattie McDaniel. It’s of such great significance.
Maybe you can make a dress out of curtains like Scarlett did.
I tried to get that into the video! I got the fabric and everything! It was so ambitious, that video, but we didn’t have the time to get all the scenes in. And that Beyonce dance killed me. I said, ‘I don’t think I can do another scene.’
Being a beauty queen involves being so composed whereas reality stardom involves letting everything out. Was it a weird transition for you to make?
I would agree with that. But it wasn’t a weird transition per se because I won my title so long ago and I’ve always lived my life as I see fit. I’m not a conformist. People didn’t know my actual personality. I’m like a wild card in my everyday life. I’m still all of those things–very composed when I want to be and congenial and charming, but I will get you together if you cross me.
“I’ll cut you!”
[laughs] I’ll give you a nice read.
I’ll read you Gone With The Wind! Anyway, see you at Splash!