Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Interview with Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls

1. Most people don’t know about your Latin heritage; can you tell us about it?

A lot of people are not aware that I am 50% Mexican America and my dad is African American. My mom was born in Sonora, however; I do not speak Spanish. I grew up on all the Mexican American cultures though and I embrace that part of me.

2. Has not speaking Spanish had positive or negative effects on you?

At times I wish I did speak the language, because there are so many interviews and networks I could be talking to, to represent the Pussycat Dolls and my Latin descent. However, it is a goal of mine, before I have children, to learn Spanish.

3. What are your favorite cultural traditions?

Food, I am definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving. We never miss out on the tamales, tortillas and frijoles and we do all the America traditions too; like turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes.

4. What is your experience being a minority in a famous group like the Pussycat Dolls?

I didn't realize I was the only member of Latin origin until we starting recording the album. I have to say that I am blessed and honored to be the only member representing the Latin culture. It means a lot to have some really hard core fans in both cultural groups.

5. What are your plans for the future?

My plans are to continue on with the Pussycat Dolls until I am at a place where I am comfortable and then record a solo album that may include some awesome Spanish records as well. I can record them pretty well because I have good accent even though I don't speak the language. I also want to continue to inspire young girls of a mixed cultural race.

6. Being Latina and pursuing your aspirations of being in the entertainment industry what did you find to be encouraging / discouraging? We use the work Chilosa to describe ourselves. To us it means: A sassy, hot and feisty girl who’s independent with a little spice. She’s the fun and fearless girl next door with lots of spirit who has a deep sense of inner self confidence. She knows who she is inside and doesn’t have to put up false fronts to be something that she’s not; would you describe yourself as a Chilosa woman and why?

Absolutely, in this industry you have to always keep your head up. There will always be people that have something to say that is either positive or negative and you have to be able to pick yourself up and keep your confidence high as a strong woman.

7. How would you feel about being a part of the Chilosa movement?

I am honored. Thank you guys so much for asking me. People aren't aware that I am of Latin descent and it's important for people to know we can be successful too.


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Latina said...

I speek spanish because i'm a proud Mexican. 100%. oh and I love To sing I preform at my church all the time and everybody complements me on my singing. i hope i become famouse some day. i just need someone famouse or something to get to notice me and get me started in the singing world.

Unknown said...

I'm glad Melody wants 2 learn Spanish before she has children, more people should be like that. Thats cool that she wants to bring up her family knowing spanish, unlike other people who say that not knowing spanish doesnt matter. Knowing 2 languages will always get you farther in life than just knowing one.

BabyBlue said...

Yeah she is black. Stop with the "latina" you cant be latina if you have another ethnic group in you and two latino/latina country doesnt exist. No such thing. So stop trying to be something your not. See that's what happens when you have a mom who is another race she doesnt know how to teach you about who you are. Not just what she is.