XXL examines the dance craze sweeping the nation with YouTube sensation Caramel Kitten. You’re welcome! You’re all welcome!
Words Sean A. Malcolm
Images Sarah McColgan
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of XXL Magazine.
Twerkin’. Now that we have your attention, it’s time to break down this newfound (it’s not new, to be perfectly honest) phenomenon that has everyone from tatted-up strippers to Miley Cyrus performing the rump-tastic move (Ed. Note: See page 24 for more on twerking). Who better to go to about this topic than Twerk Master, Caramel Kitten, who exploded onto the scene this year with various YouTube clips of her shaking and clapping her 36DD-32-42 goodness practically everywhere—from Wal-Mart to a library. “I was doing it for fun,” recalls the 28-year-old who grew up in Hartford, CT, and Orlando, FL. “If I knew this would happen, I would have protected myself from the beginning. My Gmail account has been hacked, people are using my private videos and pictures all over the net, and several people have been getting paid off my creation.”
But don’t weep for Caramel. The Puerto Rican and Black hottie takes it all in stride and has plans to capitalize off of her creation with her Twerkers Gone Wild series that she’s plotting. “Twerk for a purpose, because I was twerkin’ for laughs,” she says. “I’m interested in finding grown and sexy women to join me in my twerk work.” Yes, even a world-famous pop star. “I must meet Miley,” Caramel Kitten laughs. “I’m interested to see where her twerk obsession began.”
Somewhere in America.
Let’s do a rundown of all the places that you’ve twerked. Go!
CARAMEL KITTEN: Thrift shop, IHOP, subway, Charlie’s, Target, Payless, Wal-Mart, a post office, a bank, the mall, a library, a bus stop, a gas station, a gym, at a swimming pool, the zoo, Spencer’s, grocery store, dollar store, Radio Shack…
Okay, we get the point. Do you have a Twerk Bucket List?
Hmmm…Twerkin’ by the Pentagon—I will twerk for government secrets. A cruise ship—will twerk for a vacation. An astronaut—those suits are dope! The Eiffel Tower—I want to teach the French. The Great Wall Of China—I mean, it’s China, duh! Berlin, a waterfall, a cave…let’s move on. I can name places all day.
What’s the next move for you? You can’t twerk forever, you know?
And why can’t I twerk forever? Twerkin’ can be a workout, and I’ll share my tips in my new Twerk Out Your Workout video collection.
What tips will you share with the Miley Cyruses of the world?
Squeeze…release. Squeeze your glutes together tight and release them. Practice this standing up with your hands on your knees, and squeeeeeeeze and releeeeeeease.
What’s the art of your twerk, and why do you feel men and women are so mesmerized when they see you get down?
I try to capture sexy, funny and wild in my antics, plus the isolation of my cheek meat. I’m not sure, though. I’m not mesmerizing, but I just try and have fun with it.
Well, your fun has caught the attention of the hood, as well as mainstream. Andy Cohen from Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live pretty much has twerk segments where he’s “twerkin’ by” something, which is your catchphrase. Offended or honored?
Honored and offended at the same damn time. It’s clear they are biting my style, but I get no props for being the brainchild of the mockery twerk.