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Seann Miley Moore exclusive Pride interview

By 7th June 2016 No Comments

A star in stiletto heels Seann Miley Moore stole the nation’s hearts with his electric performances on The X-Factor. Brighton Pride caught up with our favourite Oz import to talk Bowie, RuPaul and fashion. Beep beep.

Name? Seann Miley Moore
Age? 24
Profession? Being fabulous and most importantly being happy.

What can we expect from your Pride performance? Any surprises planned?
You’ll have to wait and see.

What was the first ever Pride event you attended?
The famous Sydney Mardi Gras. It was such a celebration of saying gay is ok! At a young age I was still coming to terms with my sexuality, sneaking out and going to the parade with my “gurlz”, it felt right and gave me the courage to not be afraid and be myself.

Apart from your glorious self what has been Australia’s greatest export?
Tim Tam’s Choccie Biccies are yummy and of course the Hemsworth Brothers! They are also yummy!!

A vision in black PVC and seven inch heels, what does it really feel like to audition for the X Factor? And what was in that fabulous handbag of yours?
Aw thank you! Very surreal, it’s a scary thing to fully put your true authentic self out there on the biggest stage in the world, televised to thousands of people. Thinking about it now, I can’t believe it. But, I’m so glad I did it. All I wanted was a new adventure, to go for my music dreams and I knew it was here in London. It was also to reconnect with my British heritage (my dad’s originally from Hammersmith). My CC bomb bag? A staple dark lippy and either candy or a can of tuna (for the protein).

You choose Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work for your amazing performance at Judge’s Houses. Why that song?
Lyrically the song is absolutely stunning. Grimmy proposed that song to me couple days before judge’s houses and funnily enough I hadn’t heard that song in forever but it happened to be one of my mum’s favourites. It seemed perfect singing it and I felt such a connection to it, it just makes me think of my beautiful mama. I will always remember the moment.

You brilliantly covered Bowie’s Life On Mars on The X-Factor live shows. Why was performing that particular song special to you?
Bowie is a legend and it is such an honour to have performed Life On Mars and to continue signing it during recent the X-Factor tour! When I came across Bowie, I was just so inspired and in awe.

Speaking of Bowie how did you develop your unique sense of fashion – beep beep.
I think it all started when I stole my sister’s blue tutu and now the rest is history! I’ve always loved fashion and felt like a rebel, always going against the gender norms of what to wear. To me they are just clothes, I don’t like labels and it’s all another way to express yourself. Fashion has no gender and it is slowly being celebrated in the mainstream, which is amazing!

Even though you were the winner of X Factor in our hearts, you didn’t make it to the final. (Boo hoo). If you had, who would have been your dream duet partner and what would you have sung?
Judy Garland. I envisaged having her projected sitting next to me and singing that fabulous duet Get Happy she did with Barbra Streisand. I mean how fabulous right?

How was life on the X Factor tour? Any goose bump moments you’d care to share?
I got to sing The Show Must Go On and Life On Mars so I had goosebumps all day, everyday! I hope Freddie and David were having a glass of bubbly looking down going “YASSS! GET IT BABY!”

Who inspires your life as an artist?
Anyone who is a creative that has a hunger, desire and passion to make a change through their work inspires me. EARTH without ART is just EH.

Madison Square Garden or Royal Albert Hall?
Since I now live in London, I guess Royal Albert Hall because it is closer.

Platforms or stilettos?
Stiletto Platforms. The street’s your runway, I love feeling that fantasy.

Marmite or Vegemite?
Vegemite because I’m a true blue Aussie.

What’s the first thing you grab in the morning
My Moschino Barbie phone! I quickly check Kylie Jenner’s Snapchat shenanigans.

Having made London your home which bits of Sydney do you wish you could of brought with you?
THE BEACH AND THE SUN! Before Brighton Pride I’m heading over to the Greek islands to enjoy some fabulous sun, sea and cocktails!

What’s been the most unexpected thing you’ve fallen in love with in the UK? (And you don’t have to say Marmite!!)
Wetherspoons, it’s so cheap and you can get all day breakfast and, for a pound extra, a double JD and Coke!

Who is your all time LGBT+ hero / heroine?
RuPaul! This quote changed my life “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” When I truly loved myself and became confident in my skin and stopped living in fear, that’s when everything felt right and the universe starting handing me everything I was working for. It’s easy, just be yourself because that is you. #BeYoutiful.

Brighton Pride’s theme this year is Uniting Nations – why do you feel it is important to celebrate the global Pride movement?
It is important to fight for the rights of your community and stand as one. It is events like these that will inspire younger generations to fight for a world of equality, tolerance and acceptance! So happy to be part of a movement and happy to be a voice to not be afraid to be who you are, own who you are, be happy and love.

If you could light up any building in the world with Pride’s rainbow colours which would it be?
The Vatican! God loves all.

Favourite Pride anthem?
Anything by Shirley Bassey. But I would say I love Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas. Pride is Gay Christmas right?

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Pride Brighton & Hove 2016
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