Tuesday, August 17, 1999 Published at 07:43 GMT 08:43 UK
Aiming to be a model singer
Caprice: Can she make it from the catwalk to the charts?
By BBC News Online's Darryl Chamberlain
Most serious music fans couldn't resist a sly sneer when they heard the news.
Caprice Bourret - supermodel, tabloid darling, Wonderbra icon, magazine star and a regular at parties and premieres - is making her pop debut.
But the 27-year-old Californian, whose single Oh Yeah is released in the UK on 23 August, doesn't care what the cynics think - and she is determined to prove she can make it in the music industry.
Just don't mention the N-word.
"It's amazing how the press and the media forget about the ones that made it. Sade was a huge model before she became a singer and Grace Jones was bigger than Naomi and I put together."
Caprice knows she faces a barrage of cynicism for her forthcoming album, which she co-wrote.
"I just believe people stereotype, more so in this country - that's fine because we know what we're up against.
"That's not going to stop me, I believe in everything that I'm doing, and I love my album. What am I going to do? Say 'Oh my God, Naomi didn't make it so nor am I'?"
Caprice became a model when she moved to New York at the age of 19, later moving to London were she hatched a plan to become a TV presenter.
Lucrative modelling and advertising contracts followed - notably for Wonderbra and for Pizza Hut, alongside Jonathan Ross.
She took a demo to Virgin Records, and walked out with a five-album deal - which should give her enough time to persuade record-buyers that there's more to her than being a fixture of the tabloids and the glossy magazines.
Oh Yeah features guitar sounds rather than thumping basslines - showing, unlike many models-turned-singers, Caprice is happy to be considered as anything other than a disco diva.
She explains: "What I was given originally by other record companies was very Euro-pop, in and out, a one-hit wonder if you're lucky. It didn't feel right. It's not my vibe, it's not what I'm about."
Now the modelling career is over - "it was consuming too much of my time and I'd had enough" - and Caprice has been concentrating on working with the album's co-writer Greg Fitzgerald.
"Eight of the tracks are my works. Unfortunately I don't play any of the instruments very well now, so he puts down the melodies and I write the words," she says.
Although there's still some TV work, it barely eats into her schedule - "I just filmed 10 shows for VH-1, but that only took four hours" - she is now devoted to her new career.
She says her style is influenced by the Cardigans, Garbage, the Prodigy and Massive Attack - and adds a chance to work with the Bristol trip-hoppers would be "ideal".
But her current choice of listening could point the way to a new direction for her second album - especially as she says her follow up single will be "a lot rockier".
"At the moment, I'm into a lot of old rock - AC/DC, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, that type of vibe."
She jumped at the chance for a night out with Led Zeppelin legends Jimmy Page and Robert Plant - thanks to Page's touring manager being a friend of hers.
"He invited me to one of his concerts and I hung out with them a bit. They're absolute legends and such nice blokes."
Caprice with Page and Plant? It's enough to make Jonathan Ross drop his pizza.
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