Cotton candy, rose, deep, powder, pastel, shocking, baby, hot. It’s all pink to Kitten Kay Sera and her pink pooch Miss Kisses, who share a monochromatic life in pink.
“Pink makes me happy,” Sera said. “Why not surround myself with things that make me happy?” Suddenly her phone rings with the theme song from the “Pink Panther.”
Kitten Kay Sera’s West Hollywood apartment is a collection of pink everything—a custom-made bubble gum pink couch, a pink guitar, pink lamps, pink sofas, pink blankets, pink clothes and pink hats (lots and lots of hats). Even her wall-to-wall carpeting is pink. “To maintain an overall pink appearance, I searched high and low for the perfect cotton candy-colored carpet in Los Angeles,” Sera said. “When I finally found it at Linoleum City I nearly fainted! It was pinkfection!”
At the beginning of the ’80s, Sera was dressing in black, white and pink. But by the end of 1982 “pink was all I could think,” she said. “It started with pastel, now it’s all shades. Do you know how hard it was to find pink shoes in the ’80s? I dyed a pair of Doc Martens pink, and I was so proud of them!” A picture of the pink Docs can be found on the back cover of Kitten’s CD, “Sex Kitten,” on which twenty-time Grammy winner Beyoncé does the backup vocals.
Living in pink has certainly paid off for Sera. Her pink persona and talent have scored her roles on over thirty-five television shows, several movies, lots of commercials and some music videos.
“Miss Kisses and I were discovered as we were walking to the coffee shop one day”, Sera recalled. “This guy stopped his car, rolled down his window and asked if I was the pink lady of Hollywood. I ended up running across the street to give him my last business card. I got a call three days later with an offer to be in the Disney movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2.
Sera appreciates people who appreciate pink. “I have a funny date story,” she said. “I was set up on a blind date, and the guy came over to pick me up. I opened the door, he looked around, was very polite and we left for dinner. Not a word about the pink. Halfway through dinner, I couldn’t help but ask ‘Are you going to say anything about the pink?’ He said ‘Oh, are you wearing pink? I’m color blind so all I see is grey’.” Sera paused for a moment and smiled. “That was the last date we went on. I need someone who can appreciate the pink!”
Does Sera ever get bored with pink? “A thousand times NO!” she said. “It’s easy to pick out an outfit since pink goes with pink. I can create any look I want—punk, glamour, Country, Fifties, Sixties, and it’s really easy to do laundry!” Another pinky perk is that Sera gets free stuff. “I got a couch and I’m waiting on a bed that I’m so excited about! People send me pink stuff they want to promote all the time.”
Sera knows that her obsession with pink might puzzle some people. “I understand that there is a lot of attention drawn to myself for wearing all pink, but I am seriously not worried about it one bit.” she said. “No one should stifle their creative self just to fit in.”
Sera is raising money to do a documentary on other people who live monochromatic lives—albeit in different colors. She recently flew to New York City to meet with Val Blue, a woman who lives her life in blue. “She designs blue shoes. Only blue. I was laughing and crying at the same time when I met her,” Sera said. Her goal is to find people who live in all colors of the rainbow. Why the documentary? “People love it when they see me,” Sera said. “They smile and talk to me. I think when people see me, it somehow will give them the inspiration to just be themselves.”
This story was originally published in the March / April issue of West Hollywood Magazine. A copy of the magazine can be accessed online. It currently is being delivered door-to-door in some neighborhoods and is available at shops such as Camerich and Gloster on Robertson Boulevards.