Model-turned-songstress Keeana Kee got a head start on summer with the steamy video for her debut single, “Coconut Rum and Coke,” and HuffPost has an exclusive first look.
In the clip, which can be viewed above, Latvian-born Kee canoodles up to a love interest on a sun-drenched beach and around a bonfire. The lyrics of the reggae-inspired tune include a number of tongue-and-cheek nods to the tropics, too. “If I could, I would drink you all night long, like coconut rum and coke,” Kee sings. “`I want to make your palm trees boom.”
The Los Angeles-based singer, who is openly gay, told HuffPost that her video was inspired in part by homophobia she experienced during her years in the fashion industry. “I went through some discrimination in my life working as a fashion model, so I really hope to make a difference by encouraging people to be themselves no matter what, and to stand up for themselves, even if it seems impossible,” she said.
Citing Sia and Beyoncé as influences, Kee said she had no qualms about featuring a same-sex love interest in her debut video. “I’m very confident with my sexuality, so I was comfortable to be myself in the video,” she said. “I want to show the world that there is nothing wrong with being gay.”
Still, she hopes audiences will see her “Coconut Rum and Coke” as “romantic, sexy and slightly cheeky” rather than anything overtly political. “I hope that this video reminds people that they can go wild in their fantasies,” she said, “and it can never be wrong!”
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