While writing this week's Pets Issue cover story on world domination by Internet-famous cat magnates -- or the "Cat Pack," as they will forever after be dubbed thanks to the quick linguistic thinking of Mike "Owner of Lil Bub" Bridavsky during our interview for the piece -- a certain fashion icon was never far from my mind.
Luna the Fashion Kitty is hardly the most famous Internet cat, but her cross-eyed good looks, coupled with owner Rocio Grijalva's ability to get her to wear tutus and hairbows, is to me emblematic of the American Dream. Let the fact that Luna hails from the city of Hermosillo, in the Mexican state of Sonora allow you to draw your own conclusions about the continued cultural relevancy of that trope.
Read about Grijalva's motivations behind hyping Luna to the world in the cover story. But right now, take a moment to hear directly from Luna herself about what its like to be "a face fur to be admired," as she herself put it when we chatted via email about the time commitment necessary to be an Internet cat in this brave new era. She also schooled me on the hautest pet brands today, should I ever be in the company of an animal as glorious as herself. [Sic]:
And stay tuned, we'll be dropping our Colonel Meow interview this week...
SFBG: Describe the average day in the life of Luna.
LTFK: I wake up my daddy fur get my morning massage, then I like to do more beauty sleep. Around 10am my assistant brushes me, does my eye treatment fur tear stains (it's like the Botox ritual fur the Housewives of Beverly Hills). I get my teeth cleaned, my outfit it's carefully picked out (I don't use the same twice in months), my accessories are the last of course. After 2pm, I usually have my photo shot since the lighting it's good, I superhate bad lighting. If my momma has errands and I can go I usually tag along. Finally at 8 sharp I have dinner and that's it fur the day.
SFBG: How much time do you spend on photoshoots?
LTFK: Believe it or not I don't spend too much time in a photoshoot, when you look LIKE THIS and you pose like a PRO, 15 minutes TOPS it's all I need.
SFBG: Do you do public appearances?
LTFK: I'm always in public girl this FACE is fur be admired! I also made a public appearance in a event fur support kitty adoptions and recently I strolled around at Rodeo Drive, CaliFURnia with my furriends Amy and Dawn that volunteer in the Purrsian rescue Helping Persian Cats and we handed many business cards of the Rescue.
SFBG: Have you ever gone on tour?
LTFK: I haven't, but I would LOVE to do it and visit all my fans around the world! Well I don't want to go to the countries that have quarantine because is NO WAY I will stay in a cage like a savage!
SFBG: Who are your favorite designers?
LTFK: I like many designers but unFURtunately they don't make fur-child clothes, it's sooo frustrating! So I have to say that my FAVE furchilds brands are SimplyShe, Louis Dog, and Martha Stewart fur commercial pieces. Now, talking couture I love Off the Leash custom pet couture and Ada Nieves designs.
SFBG: Have you ever met another famous cat? What was that like for you?
LTFK: Nahhh and fur be honest I don't want to! I'm like Mariah Carey, I don't like to share my limelight. It's not that we are Divas per say it's that it's rude to be MEGAFAB in front of the wannabes!
SFBG: What does success look like for Luna?
LTFK: Success it's not something I think about because I was born a winner, so stuffs just happen because of my fabulousness.
SFBG: Why do you think so much attention is being paid these days to Internet cats?
LTFK: That's an easy answer, we are WAY more interesting and cute than purrsons. Also we provide a stress release fur everyPAWdy. Do you know how many purrsons are stressed just in the USA? TONS girl and every year gets higher. Bottom line we are not going anywhere our cuteness is the healthy PROZAC!... well at least mine megaultracuteness lol 100 purrcent natural and the only side effect is that you might turn into a cat lady :)
UPDATE: Luna responds to a quote in original story from Mike "Bub's owner" Bridavsky:
Happy Wednesday guys! Guess who is being feature in the SF Bay Guardian?? ME! OMG I just love the cartoon! ps: didn't appreciate that Bub's owner said "Bub's always naked, she doesn't wear stupid outfits". Don't hate if your child it's a nudist, I never hate on nudist furchilds!