Don’t stop me now – mum raises HIV aware­ness as singer

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A MUM spent four days dressed as Fred­die Mer­cury in a bid to raise aware­ness of HIV and Aids.

Sarah Smith, 37, from Tony­pandy recre­ated some of the Queen front­man’s most iconic looks, topping them off with a fake mous­tache and sparkling mi­cro­phone.

She kept the out­fits, which were made us­ing pho­tos of the star, on through­out each day go­ing to col­lege and com­plet­ing the school run with her daugh­ter Kiara, seven.

She said: “Tak­ing my daugh­ter to school, a lot of par­ents said they thought it was quite brave to go around dressed like that.

“They were ask­ing me what it was for.”

She added: “My daugh­ter thought it was quite funny. She wouldn’t dress up, but she asked me to get her a T-shirt with Fred­die’s face on it and she wore that to af­ter­school club.

“Some older, col­lege age kids have come up to me in the street and said ‘what are you wear­ing?’”

The brave stunt was to mark the singer’s birth­day on Septem­ber 5 and took place last week.

Sarah wore a white vest top for one look and found a man’s waist­coat to recre­ate his look from the front of his 1992 self-ti­tled solo al­bum. She even cut her hair.

The ‘Fred­die for the Day’ ini­tia­tive was started by the Mer­cury Phoenix Trust, a char­ity founded in the singer’s mem­ory by band mates Brian May and Roger Tay­lor and man­ager Jim Beech. It raises money for global HIV and AIDS projects.

Eight­ies mu­sic su­per­fan Sarah first started dress­ing as the mu­si­cian three years ago and is cur­rently mak­ing a replica of the pink suit Fred­die wore in the Great Pre­tender mu­sic video. She plans to wear it at Christ­mas for an­other event.

She said: “When I first got into it, it was prob­a­bly about the mid-eight­ies. Around the time of It’s a Kind of Magic. As I got older, I got into more of his ear­lier stuff and went back from there.”

She first dressed up with her sis­ter Luna, a dancer from Cardiff.

Sarah, who has also im­i­tated Cher and Madonna, also or­gan­ised a tea party in hon­our of the star.

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