Khadine “Ms. Kitty” Hylton

By :- Janette Brin

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Khadine “Ms. Kitty” Hylton

Written by Sherina Russell-Garcia

 

“A lady once came up to me and had me in tears. She was telling me that she was in an abusive relationship and the man had so convinced her because of her weight that she was not worthy of love from anybody else.

 And so he took pleasure in abusing her, and the lady told me that ever since I came on the scene and said “Fluffy to the World” it empowered her to believe that she could leave that relationship and that she deserved better.”

Whether on or off-the air, popular and well-loved media and entertainment radio and television personality Khadine “Miss. Kitty” Hylton has a giant-sized diamond- encrusted heart of love perpetually pulsing with positivity for her Jamaican people.

Caribbean POSH caught up with her recently, and was happy to get an interview with one of the busiest women in entertainment.

Her very powerful nickname “Ms. Kitty” was bestowed on her while a student at university and has stuck with her all these years.

Revealing its’ genesis, with a playful chuckle she recalled: “this is very funny, because the name was given to me by a gentleman who contributed greatly to the development of my self-confidence. When I was attending the University of the West Indies, I had some different t-shirts which had Ms. Kitty Pussy Cat Lounge on it.

I loved the suggestive nature of the tops and so I bought them in every colour: pink, purple, red, yellow and white and everybody said “no man you are “Ms. Kitty” fi real.”

“The name ‘Ms. Kitty’ was born from a combination of the public and private. Attached to that was the whole fluffy lifestyle and fluffiness, and I was not going to be relegated to the negative connotations that this is what fat meant, or what society has stereotyped that this is how you should be. I was not going to let my potential and possibility become “out-weighed” by societal ‘fat’ limitations.

Or, because you are fat, you are a lazy person, you are unattractive, you are unintelligent. I was not going to allow that to define me” she explained.

One of the strongest supporters of plus-size women she admitted “when I came up with Fluffy, I didn’t realize at the time so many women of weight did not want to be looked at with scorn or disdain but wanted to be respected, loved and also to let people realize that even though I am fat I am beautiful too.”

Born to a nurse anaethesist and a police officer, “Ms. Kitty” knows first-hand about dedicated hard work and being of true service to her fellow Jamaicans.

“I’m from a well-rounded family which has contributed to me being multi-faceted. Exposure to both urban and rural life especially summer vacations with my Grandmother in Westmoreland, has made my view of people an inclusive one. In the end, though our background and upbringing may be different, we are all unique and each one can reach one.

So persons can see that it can be done legitimately through hard work, sweat of your brow, discipline and sacrifice and I am still a work-in-progress” the young diva said.

From she burst on the scene in 2006, “Ms. Kitty” has steadily and carefully constructed her impressive “empire” and to her credit has become the first lady when it comes to hosting all of Jamaica’s major entertainment shows from Sting to Reggae Sumfest and everything in between.

A no-holds barred entertainer, one of her most memorable times on stage was one she shared with popular female dancehall artiste “Spice”.

With side-splitting laughter she recalled: “the first time I split on stage, I remember I was challenged by Spice and it was a time when the “Slim vs Fluffy” song was hot. I was the Fluffy representative I could always flick but I didn’t know I could split and of course I rose to every and any challenge.”

The ultimate entertainer, she takes entertainment and her role in it very seriously even in the name of fun for her audiences.

“You gotta be fierce when you are working. It ain’t no joke, especially in entertainment business, women get a harder time so you have to work twice as hard to prove and keep up and say listen I  am worth just as much as any male artiste or male contender” she pointed out.

Taking a ‘stroll down memory lane' she said: “Ms. Kitty” has evolved in a number of ways. I started out doing radio-a teenaged show representing their views. Now I host many events all top-tier events, television shows. I co-host current affairs television show Impact with Cliff Hughes on Television Jamaica, and write a weekly column in the Star newspaper. So I have grown in terms of tapping into all media outlets.”

 The media powerhouse who says she eats with Kings and Queens while possessing the proverbial common touch, noted: “I have not allowed anyone or anything to limit me as to what I can or cannot do. I ask Father God for health and strength and stick to it. I do television, radio, gospel shows, children’s shows, dancehall shows, Rasta shows; I am invited to be guest speaker at graduation ceremonies.

 Wherever you find people you find “Ms. Kitty”. That is what has allowed my brand to resonate with so many persons, because you can see your daughter, niece and mom in me.”

Calling herself a voice for women “Ms. Kitty” told Caribbean POSH that “for a lot of women I can speak on their behalf, say things they are afraid to say, admit things that they are afraid to admit, and help them to dream and realize that they too can do it.”

So some women who may not be “fluffy” , but may have neglected themselves and are suffering from low self-esteem, when they see me as another woman doing it, going out there and representing it gives them the strength and know how” “Miss Kitty” said.

Added to her list of ongoing projects and accomplishments, the Fluffy Diva is a brand ambassador for telecommunications giant Digicel. The host of “Miss Kitty Live” on Nationwide 90FM, she also pioneered the first simulcast between the station and Link Up radio in New York plus penned the book “Good Girl, Gone Bad”.

She also recently collaborated musically with American female rapper Eve in her latest self-titled song.

A huge pull amongst her fans has been the fact that her aura and personality has captured a wide demographic; she appeals to the young and young at heart. Dubbed the “young Ms. Lou” she has mastered the art of moving effortlessly from the Jamaican vernacular to the ‘Queen’s English’ which makes for a dynamic talent.

 Recognised for her love of fashion, she said: “a lot of people will watch a lot of my shows to see how I dress. They will say: “I wanna see what “Ms. Kitty” is wearing, bwoy what her nails look like, what kind of hair she is wearing. Let me see her shoes.”

 Her amazing team that surrounds her is something she is grateful for.

She said that when her fans view her public persona, they sometimes don’t realize all the work behind the scenes that contribute to her effectiveness as the dream entertainer.

Nevertheless, “a lot of women may not know how to dress or have a personal stylist at their disposal per se, or have that fashion sense and so when you see “Ms. Kitty” they can say alright I can do that leggings with that jacket which keeps with the pizazz. Of course the men like the sexiness so we do it and show yes we are fluffy but we sexy, fabulous and hot” advised the Fluffy Diva for life.

A strong advocate for working diligently, she believes that the ‘hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’ and that it is important for women to know their value and worth and pass this on to their children.

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