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ARTICLE PHILIP UTZ

PHOTOGRAPHY MARIO TESTINO

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BEAUTY AND THE BLING

K IS FOR KYLIE

KYLIE FEVER

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Makeup Val Garland (Untitled using Christian Dior)  Hair Marc Lopez (Brigitte Hebant)  Manicurist Lorraine Griffin (Untitled)  Photo assistants Adam Whitehead, Alexi Lubomirski, Sicco Diemer  Stylist assistant Lucy Manning  On-site production Sabina Spaldi  Location Westway Studios, London  Retouching Scott Norkin  Special thanks Patrick Kinmonth

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KYLIE FEVER

PHOTOGRAPHY MARIO TESTINO
TEXT Philip Utz

FROM DAYTIME SOAP OPERA STAR TO OVER-NIGHT POP PHENOM, KYLIE MINOGUE’S CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS HAS BEEN PAVED WITH ROMANCE (MICHAEL HUTCHENCE, LENNY KRAVITZ, JAMES GOODING), HOT PANTS, AND PUZZLING TABLOID HEADLINES (“IS KYLIE AN ALIEN?”). HER LATEST SINGLE, “CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD,” IS NOW LODGED FIRMLY IN OURS. LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA… (RING A BELL?) PHILIP UTZ CORNERED POP’S IMPOSSIBLE PRINCESS AS SHE WAS RUNNING TO HOP A PLANE HOME TO AUSTRALIA FOR THE HOLIDAYS




Who can’t you get out of your head, Kylie?
KYLIE MINOGUE
Not really a particular person. My head is so full of so many things that when I actually do have time for romance and a boyfriend and stuff like that, it’s beautiful and escapist, and I love it.

What can’t you get out of your head then right now, Kylie?
KM
That song! It’s the end of the year, Christmas is creeping up, and I feel as though I’m shutting down slightly already. Another day’s work, and that’s it.

And then: Christmas shopping!
KM I’m scared of Christmas shopping. I really can’t cope with it. I’ve already done mine but without having to go walking round in the streets. That’s simply too stressful.

Do you have your own personal Christmas shoppers?
KM
Not quite. I just did it with various shops that I like that send me a catalog, and I just have to go, “Yep! Yep! Yep! Yep!”

You’re all over the place at the moment. Don’t you get tired of seeing yourself?
KM
I stay at home. That way I don’t have to be THAT person at all. The stilettos come off, the slippers go on, a glass of red is poured, and that’s that.

You mean that THAT person isn’t you?
KM
Well, it is. It’s me part-time, although at the moment I do feel as though it’s taking over. I talk about them as different people, although they’re not really that different; there’s just a shift. If I didn’t have my job and the creative outlet that I do, I would drive my friends crazy. I’m a performer. I need to be that showgirl—well, at the moment anyway—but I need to balance that as well with total normality. It’s fantastic: I’ve got a number-one song, everything is going amazingly…

But can you even bear to hear that song just one more time?
KM I just performed it yesterday, and it’s planned for next year at this awards show and possibly for America. I’m not sick of it. I really like it.

It has probably grown on you at this stage.
KM
It grew on me like moss the first time I heard it. I swear I just went, “Ah!” when I heard the demo. I had no idea it would be such a success; I don’t think anybody was expecting such a hit. I would never have dreamt this would happen. I keep on talking about this period, these times, but I don’t really know what to call it because it was never like this before. I’ve been used to being famous for fourteen years, and it’s just gone up another notch and seems to have spun completely off the dial. 

You’ve presented at awards ceremonies alongside Albert de Monaco and Prince Charles. Did the idea of becoming a princess ever cross your mind?
KM
Ha! No, not at all. I like my rhinestoned tiaras too much for that.

So, like the title of one of your albums, you’re an “impossible princess”?
KM
Impossible with myself. Some people put the album title down to me being a diva. I can be impossible sometimes, but it’s only ever a question of me being impossible with myself—turning around in circles and getting frustrated. It’s a constant battle: I want the best for myself, and I know who I am and where I want to be and what my priorities are and what I want for myself. But I have this knack of making it difficult, not so much for others but for myself.

Speaking of princesses, how did you pull things off with Prince? Was it a size thing?
KM
I went to see his show at Earl’s Court in London. I’d been a fan of his ever since I was fourteen or fifteen. A nuts fan. I went to see Purple Rain a zillion times and would just sit there screaming with my girlfriends. 

So was it the old Jerry Hall–Mick Jagger scenario: backstage at the show?
KM
Somebody offered to hook me up, and I said, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I’d love to meet him!” I was just about to record my first album with Deconstruction, so I thought, Ok! I’ll say it! You know what, I’ll just say it! So I went up to him and said, “Hi! Nice to meet you! Loved the show…blah blah blah…Oh! And I’m making an album. Would you have any interest in working together?” I don’t think he ever quite got round to answering that, so we basically just ended up hanging out. I’m not being flimsy or covering up for anything else, but he’s infamous for—

Womanizing?
KM
Perhaps, but if his alleged adventures with other women were as exciting as the one he had with me, I’m not so sure. We didn’t get involved at all.

What’s the nicest thing about dating James Gooding, a guy who’s eight years younger than you?
KM
I feel like it’s the other way round, like I’m younger than him. I think I’ll always be part child, and he has lived quite a life already. Age doesn’t come into the equation. 

You were plastered across Madonna’s chest recently—on a T-shirt. Have you ever had a lesbian relationship?
KM
Who are you writing for? Firstly the answer is no. Secondly, the predicament I find myself in is that we could have a whole discussion about that, but once it’s in black and white it gets picked up all over the place. At the press of a button, it’s Interneted to the other side of the planet. I learnt early on to be quite sensible in interviews, but I’m also hopelessly honest. I don’t lie, but I don’t want to have whatever I say here decorated like a Christmas tree until it’s garish and scandalous and plastered across the front page of the Sun. And if they haven’t got anything to extrapolate from, they just make it up.

Like the time they said that you had a sex dungeon with Michael Hutchence or you were caught with handcuffs at the airport? Why don’t you sue?
KM
You can’t. It doesn’t stand in court that it’s a lie. It has to be defamatory or incapacitating, and it’s a long and straining process. The recent story was that I was getting married. That kind of story doesn’t just stop at me: It means that myself, my boyfriend, our families, and all our friends around the world are going to be asked for the next six months about us getting married. And then the question is, What’s wrong? Why aren’t you getting married? Sometimes I laugh at it, sometimes I get upset, but more than anything I’m astonished. The worst thing is that it only takes one twit to spark a rumor.

Why do gay men love you so much?
KM
I don’t know why they’ve given me such unconditional support. What I love about it is that they adopted me, unlike a lot of performers these days who home in on the potentially lucrative gay market; the Pink Pound didn’t even exist when the gay community first started supporting me. It was a very natural relationship, and in a way, I was the last one to know. I heard that there were Kylie nights at the Aubrey on Oxford Street in Sydney. I was like, “What do you mean, ‘Kylie nights?’” They would all get up there and do impersonations.

Did you ever show up?
KM I was driving by one night after work, and I really wanted to go in, but I was scared of being refused entry. We  didn’t go because we thought that a semblance of security might have come in handy. The one high that you get from being a showgirl and being quite camp is that they’re always there for you. Particularly when there was a really nasty backlash in the press against me because I’d become too successful too quickly; they just didn’t like me anymore. Members of the gay community are confronted with similar hostility, so I think they could relate to the fact that I was being attacked for no good reason other than being myself. I wasn’t breaking the law. I wasn’t doing anything wrong! I hope that my relationship with the gay community lasts forever, that they wheel me onto the stage for me to knock out a few numbers when I’m old. Having said that, if you wanted to test a product, come to my shows. The demographics are so broad. To look out on an audience with so many different people all having a good time and not having a problem with each other is fantastic.

When did you start saucing up your image?
KM
In 1990. Suddenly it was all big hair and lashes and hot pants. Ha!

Who designed the white draped number in your last video?
KM
A girl called Fiona Duran, who designs under the name of Mrs. Jones.

Was it taped on Jennifer Lopez–style?
KM It involved a stunt team, wireworks, huskies, and mirrors. Of course it was taped. There’s nothing like a bit of lingerie tape to hold everything in place. Safety first!

Liz Hurley—no stranger to lingerie tape herself—dropped her cockney accent for the Queen’s English ages ago. Why have you clung to your Australian twang?
KM
Sometimes I’m clinging onto it for dear life. It’s just a question of adapting yourself when you’ve been away from home for a long time. But I’ll be back in Australia in about a week, so it’ll be back to scratch once I’m over there.  You’ve been warbling about PG-rated love for years now. When are you actually going to get down to the dirty?
KM
Never say never, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon, unless I really felt the need to project myself that way. I’d rather keep that kind of thing under wraps though; otherwise it all gets too personal. Madonna wears her values on her sleeve, and I just don’t think I’ll ever do it in the same way at all. 

Lenny Kravitz, Stéphane Sednaoui, Michael Hutchence… Why do stars always fuck stars?
KM
But I’m not! James Gooding isn’t a star, and I’ve been dating him for two years!

Yeah, but he’s a model. Didn’t your mother ever warn you against dating models?
KM
No! You must have been dating the wrong ones! 

Would it ever cross your mind to sleep with a K-Mart cashier
KM
Well in fact, yes. It has crossed my mind. But I suppose that people just assume that celebrities go out with celebrities because it makes for more titillating reading. It’s never that exciting to read that you’ve gone on a dinner date with John the plumber. Could well be a far more interesting evening, but it hardly cuts for copious column inches. 

Who would you rather take on a girls’ night out: Britney Spears or Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham?
KM
Ew! I’ve said about two sentences to Victoria Beckham, just before our singles went head-to-head. 

Just before you beat her to the top spot.
KM
Yeah! I don’t think it had anything to do with promotion or anything, but let’s face it, “I Can’t Get You Out of My Head” is just a better song. I’m just being honest. That’s why it’s been number one all across Europe. I don’t know who I’d rather spend a night out with, though. I really couldn’t say.

Do you keep your Manolos on during sex?
KM
[girly giggle] Maybe! That’s how I’m getting out of that one!

Why do you show so much ass in your videos and photo shoots?
K
M [girly giggle] Yeah! Do you remember that cover of GQ with me in a short tennis skirt with my knickers missing? Ooohhh! Just before shooting the “Spinning Around” video I remembered that I had these hot pants that a friend had picked up at the market and that I’d worn once to a fancy-dress party. I was half joking with my stylist and said, “Oh! I’ll just put on some hot pants, some high heels, and wink!” My stylist was digging around in my wardrobe two days before the video shoot—as I’d just flown back from Los Angeles, and it was all very last minute—and out came the old gold hot pants. We didn’t know how sensational they would be. Having said that, I didn’t know quite how tight the camera frame would be, either.

It wasn’t the hot pants that were sensational; it was your ass.
KM
Ha! Well, yes! I must say it has a certain charm.

Were you a drag queen in a past life?
KM
Possibly, among other things. I went to a Kylie night once at a gay club in Melbourne, and I felt the least like me out of all of them. I’d been to see the Lemonheads, and I was all hippied up—no makeup, etc. I’m sure I’d lose in the Kylie drag queen competition.

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Val Garland (Untitled using Christian Dior)  Hair Marc Lopez (Brigitte Hebant)  Manicurist Lorraine Griffin (Untitled)  Photo assistants Adam Whitehead, Alexi Lubomirski, Sicco Diemer  Stylist assistant Lucy Manning  On-site production Sabina Spaldi  Location Westway Studios, London  Retouching Scott Norkin  Special thanks Patrick Kinmonth

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