Former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt is making all the right moves

Adored for her dance expertise, hit records and sassy standing over splits, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt is getting ready to launch the UK’s biggest dance festival MOVE IT. She relishes her judging roles on Sky’s Got To Dance and US equivalent Live To Dance, and reached top 5 in the UK charts with her Street Dance 3D track ‘Candy’. This year she has a perfume coming out, her online beauty range arrives in stores and she is developing a dance wear line. Guys dream of Kimberly as their girlfriend and girls want to grow up to be just like her, so i grabbed few minutes with the star for Flavour Magazine: The Leaders Edition (pages 14/15) to find out how she does it all and still looks so great.

Interview by Catherine Ababio (@CatAbs22

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You have so many projects on the go, is dancing still your true love?
It is all a huge part of me but the soul, the beginning and the reason why I’m in the spotlight to begin with, is because I am a dancer. I’ve been training since I was seven years old and I’m finding outlets to continually express myself, so it’s all synergistically intertwined.

In such a competitive industry, was it scary hitting the big three-zero this year?
Turning 30 really tripped me out! As a dancer you know it isn’t going to last forever, but I’m still getting opportunities so you know what? I think 30 is going to be fricking awesome! [Laughs]

I hear you are putting your legendary standing over splits to rest, why?!
[Laughs] This is my challenge! In the dance world it is appreciated because people know it comes from ballet and training my balls off! But if you take it outside, it gets this X-rated stamp so I’m having a hard time deciding if it is accepted or not. Or should i just be proud of it and do it whenever I want?

I say, do it! [Laughs] Your style is pretty daring, which fashion era would you rewind back to if you could?
[Giggles] It would be the Kate Moss grunge days; I love the cutoff jeans shorts, the flannel shirt tied around the waist, the white tank top with the work boots [laughs]. I really loved the 80s and I’m really inspired by Vivienne Westwood – that punk, retro, old school Sex Pistols era.

Are you a roll-out-of-bed kind of girl or do you have a regime?
If it’s just a day of shopping then forget about it! I take a shower, 5 minutes makeup and hair then I’m out the door. But if I’ve got meetings, I like to take my time.

Your online makeup range BM Beauty is in stores this summer, what is your favourite piece?
Fingers crossed. It’s all natural make up, I can’t leave home without my nude lip glosses, so my makeup bag is filled with them.

What is the most you’ve ever spent on a single item of clothing?
Yikes, well I would say about $5000 on a Luis Vuitton long winter coat or my Luis Vuitton over-the-knee black boots. They were about $2500 which is a lot to spend on shoes, but I’d wanted them since I was a kid!

Have you ever bought something, tried it on and suddenly realised it was a complete disaster?
Those moments happen to me quite often. I like to try new things, so I’ll go to vintage shops with this great concept in my head, put something on and I’m like ‘this is not you at all. Nice try’. [Laughs]

Something that definitely suits you, is your role at MOVE IT in March, what is it all about? Is it just for dance enthusiasts?
I met a really good friend of mine Chris at Dancers Inc. and we thought it would be a really good if I could join them. It is such a visual masterpiece to get lost in and whether you are a dancer or not, i feel like people will find a new appreciation.

You have been massively successful musically too. The Street Dance 3D collaboration with Aggros Santos, obviously with the Pussycat Dolls…
I loved my era with the girls but at some point you have to realise you’ve got to be true to yourself and make some of the toughest decisions ever. I had the chance to create my own band, Majesty and The Wolves, it was great to be a part of the production process and create an awesome album. I miss the dolls, I fucking love them to pieces but it’s time for me to do me.

Is it important for you to set an example to the fans that continue to support you?
Fans see the covers, TV, all the music, but they don’t always have the chance to get to know the person. The only way I can be true to myself is to live and be the example – you can talk the talk but you’ve got to walk the walk.

See Kimberly at MOVE IT, in association with D.inc Wear, March 9 – 11 at London Olympia. Visit www.moveitdance.co.uk

Follow Kimberley on Twitter: @KimberlyKWyatt and check her site www.beautifulmovements.com

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