Kylie Minogue shows off her chameleonic side in a stunning 25-page spread for Stylist UK for the magazine’s spring/summer 2012 fashion special issue. The beautiful songstress sports amazing outfits from 25 designers celebrating 25 years since Kylie released her first single, ‘The Loco-Motion’ in 1987. In the cover story, some famous names ask Kylie questions about the sexiest quality in a man, her current board game of choice, her pale beauty icons, cooking, her favourite tipple, reinventing herself, and many more.
On the hottest quality in a guy, Kylie says that, “You definitely have to be able to laugh. I can’t imagine a relationship where you don’t get each other’s humour. Looks are lovely but I think if you’re attracted to someone you find what’s attractive in them anyway. And in the bed department, that’s a bonus… In recent times let’s say I’ve gone for the Latino type. Andreas is Spanish, Olivier was French and I had another director boyfriend [Stephane Sednaoui] who was French. The common denominator is being creative and artistic.”
Speaking about her pale beauty icons, the songstress confesses that, “For many years now, I’ve been careful in the sun. Growing up in Australia I was exposed to more than my share and we weren’t very sun-safe back then. I give myself a micro-sun tan once in a while but always, always take care. When I take a happy snap on my phone camera, my boyfriend and I always look like salt and pepper, or like we’ve been Photoshopped into the same shots as he’s got that gorgeous olive Spanish skin and I am this glow worm next to him.”
On cooking and her best dish, Kylie told Jamie Oliver that, “I’m a family joke. My brother and sister are both fantastic, natural cooks. Through the years my role has been relegated to ‘dinner table setter’. If it’s Christmas time in Australia, as in most households, the kitchen is where it’s at; everybody is in there. I’m basically chopping or clearing; I’m the help. If I was to cook it would be something really simple like salad or pasta. If you want to give me a private lesson Jamie, I’m there.”
The songstress has been living in London since 1987. On her time spent there, Minogue says that, “I felt like a visitor in London for a long time. I started coming to record when they could write me out of Neighbours for a couple of weeks. Once I finally based myself here I still thought I would be going home soon. I truly felt part of the London scene when I started mixing with London culture. I would trawl Portobello and Camden markets for vintage finds, and go to clubs. I was exposed to so much creativity.”
Asked on how she managed to reinvent herself to always be so cool and modern, Kylie explains that, “Wow, that’s very kind. I most definitely have not always been all of those things but over time, I discovered what worked for me. Part of my work as a performer is solitary, in that I am the one up there doing it, and I have to deal with all the mental and physical challenges that brings: accepting and working on my abilities, my insecurities etc and doing the best I can.”
She then added that, “But from the very beginning, working in television, I was part of a team. Everyone has their job to do and the show doesn’t happen without every part of the machine working in harmony. I guess I carried this through with me and to this day I appreciate all the work my team do to help me shine.”
In the interview with Stylist, Minogue also reveals her favorite pop song and the last album she bought. “An impossible question to answer, there are so many amazing, genius, life changing songs. Just off the top of my head, a favourite is Betty Davis Eyes but it seems wrong to even say that because there are hundreds that I’ve fallen in love with again and again. They are like gifts that keep on giving because once you fall in love with a song, whenever you hear it, the love story continues. Last album I bought was by Kimbra,” she says.
It’s hard to imagine the lovely petite songstress getting angry. On how she is like when she loses her temper, Kylie confesses that, “Scarily quiet. Like the thunderstorm is coming, impending doom! It takes a lot to make me snap and there are a few who have lived to tell the tale!”
On the shows she would see at Fashion Week, the songstress told the magazine that, “I love to see fashion shows but it’s not so much fun when you have cameras photographing you through the entire show. I should go stealth mode! Get my Anna Wintour glasses and bob and sneak in so I can just WATCH!!” And she admits she gets many invites. “Yes, and it’s so lovely to be invited as I love fashion and I love the performance and excitement or beauty of a show. My Grandma taught me how to sew when I was young and I learnt to pattern cut and all of that. There was a time I would have loved to be a fashion designer but performing won in the end and now, I couldn’t even imagine being a fashion designer, it’s so HARD,” she told the magazine.
Read Kylie’s full interview in Stylist Magazine UK.
Photos courtesy of Stylist Magazine UK