Interview – The Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls have, in some form, been around for a decade.

Originally a burlesque dance revue in LA, the girl group grew to be an A-list phenomenon featuring a range of guest celebrities – everyone from Gwen Stefani to Paris Hilton.

Now The Pussycat Dolls have hit the top of the charts and are all set to launch clothing ranges, musicOMH caught up with them for some fashion tips…
Each of the six Pussycat Dolls has her own style. Kimberly is more of a rockchick, Ashley looks like a dancer out of an ’80s Billy Idol video, whileMelody looks like a cheerleader with her cute piggy tails. But we can’tquite pin Spice Girls-fashion nicknames on them.

“We’re all different,” saysNicole Scherzinger, former member of Pop Idol band Eden’s Crush and nowleader of the Pussycat pack that waves the flag of Doll Power. “It’s thenext generation of Girl Power,” claims Nicole. Red-headed Carmit Bachar, the”Vida Loca” girl on Ricky Martin‘s world tour, offers a better explanation.”It’s essentially female power. It’s having a sense of strength andconfidence and self-expression of who you are.”

“She dares to bedifferent and that’s fashion…” – The Pussycat Dolls on Gwen Stefani.

When they claim the SpiceGirls paved the way, I remind them that at least the Pussycats know how tosing. They crack up laughing, secretly glad, I’m sure. Of course, having amassive hit single like Don’t Cha, a duet with Busta Rhymes (“He wasmagic, very charismatic. He’s larger than life”), and an album boastingother collaborations with Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas (Beep) andTimbaland (Wait a Minute), certainly helps. “It’s a powerful project,”says Carmit, “It’s been inspiring working with all of these differentpeople. Everybody really believes in it, which just gives us more strength.”

Nicole is a bit more defensive. “People sometimes say, ‘Oh, so you just havethe help of your label or those producers.’ We have all in one way oranother,” she stresses, “been professionally singing, acting or dancing allof our lives, and this is something that we’ve been working towards.”

Produced by the likes of Rich Harrison and Ron Fair, PCD is a she-bang of adebut and the crowning moment for this underground band that started out inJohnny Depp‘s LA club, The Viper Room. The PCD were born in 1995 in adance studio in the LA garage of actress Christina Applegate, whosuggested they perform at the famed Sunset Strip club. Soon after, theybecame the Thursday night opening act for the next six years, offering asexy and fun modern-day cabaret.

“It’s having a sense of strength andconfidence and self-expression of who you are.” – The Pussycat Dolls’ Carmit Bachar on Girl Power.

Their big break came five years later, whenGwen Stefani came to the show and expressed an interest in doing a guestspot. “I think she embodied what the PCD was about,” Carmit remembers, “Hercharacter and her energy can really portray that.” Other notable Pussycatshave included Pink, Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron,Pamela Anderson and – surprise, surprise – Paris Hilton. But none of themmeasure up to Gwen. “We all have our favourites,” confides Nicole, “but wehave to give it up to Gwen Stefani. If it weren’t for her, then we would notbe here right now. We wouldn’t be on Interscope Records. Carmit and Gwenwere friends. She brought Gwen to our show and Gwen brought her label.”

Butit’s not only Gwen’s connections, but her wardrobe. “She dares to bedifferent and that’s fashion. I love Gwen for that reason.” OK, so what do Ihave to wear to be a Pussycat? “You’re doing good!” Melody exclaims and theothers agree. “It’s about feeling good about yourself inwhatever you wear,” says Nicole. As Robin Antin, the creator of the Dolls,says, “Inside every woman is a Pussycat Doll,” and they can practice theirmoves and grooves at the Pussycat Lounge at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas,inaugurated by Desperate HousewivesEva Langoria.

But before booking a planeticket and making hotel reservations, be aware that seeing the band there isunlikely. They’re too busy now. “We have a group of dancers who pay homageto where the show came from, The Viper Room, and they do the shows nightly,”says Nicole, “We make special appearances, but we always tell people not toexpect us there.”

“The most righteous chick is M.I.A. – she stands for so much that wereally stand for.”
– The Pussycat Dolls.

If you want to feel close to the band, get a t-shirt.”It’s all part of the PCD phenomenon! We’ve got The Lounge, make-up lines,we’re going to have clothes out,” informs Melody. The band is also busypreparing for a world tour, promising a “high-energy show.” Citing JanetJackson and especially Paula Abdul as among their influences, expect to seea lot of dance moves and Doll Power.

By the way, who best represents DollPower? “The most righteous chick is M.I.A. She stands for so much that wereally stand for.” Evoking a certain elegance and mysterious sexiness iswhat girl/doll power is about? “I’m going to write down what you said!”Nicole takes out her BlackBerry and inscribes my wise words. So when do Istart as a Pussycat Doll?

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