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Former member of the female pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, sat down with Anna Paulina Luna at El American to talk about her story and her recent approach to religion, as well as her pride in being conservative.
Her name is Chrystal Neria and during her life she has been a model, a singer and an actress. She landed a signing with R. Kelly as an emerging talent when she was just 13 years-old. At 16 she joined Capitol Records and was selected for The Pussycat Dolls after a huge audition that started with 2,000 girls.
Kaya says she found her first inspiration at age of six, when she heard Whitney Houston sing the national anthem and was intrigued by the desire to make music. However, after being selected to be part of the group, she began to sense things in the industry that she didn’t like.
“Nothing was what it was supposed to be,” Kaya explained. “There were a lot of things that I felt were not a good example for young women.” The singer noted that it wasn’t her intention to become “that template of what beauty, fame and opportunity are,” and that wasn’t what she wanted to teach the younger generation.
“I wouldn’t have wanted girls to want to be what I was at the time.”
“What I was at the time was fake,” Jones added. “I had to make a very tough decision – to walk away from that dream and a million-dollar contract.”
Kaya says she experienced “inappropriate” situations. She even compared her situation to the current drama facing Britney Spears, admitting that it felt almost like human trafficking. “We weren’t seen as singers,” she confesses.
Coming out as a conservative
After a very tough journey in which she had to accept that the path she had taken was not the right one, Kaya says she has “come out of the closet” as a conservative after understanding that this instinct that turned her away from the industry was “a calling from God.”
Not only that: she then had to deal with backlash within the industry for admitting to herself as a conservative woman. “There were people who told me I should take it back,” she noted.
The artist took a moment to address young women, “We all have a life to live and choices to make, but there’s no need to fit into little boxes. You can be conservative and be gay, you can be conservative and be a pop star. You don’t have to fit into that box.”
Today, Kaya is a Hollywood icon and has her own show. Her podcast, titled Messages with Kaya, actively advocates for the sanctity of human life, the Constitution, religious freedom, free markets, limited government and opportunity for all.