Monday, December 31, 2007
Kylie Minogue, O.B.E.
Queen Elizabeth handed out her honours to her subjects this year, and gave the Order of the British Empire to Australian pop songstress Kylie Minogue.
American readers my age will now think: Kylie Minogue, Australia's answer to Tiffany and Debbie Gibson? The Loco-Motion Kylie Minogue?
Kylie was an actress on a soap opera called Neighbours before she was a pop princess. Neighbours was kind of like an Aussie Eastenders, a working class soap opera, where Kylie played a nice down-to-earth girl who was happy being a mechanic. (For those of you who will now mock the Aussies, remember that this is no harder to believe than a girl who looks like Jennifer Beals becoming a welder.)
When it was decided to give Kylie a shot as a pop singer, they decided to maintain her wholesome image and have her sing the 1960's dance tune The Loco-Motion, which music trivia fans will know was one of the first hits written by legendary songwriter Carole King, and sung by Little Eva, who worked for Carole King as a babysitter before getting her chance at pop immortality. Unlike Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, who were of high school age when they had their masses of high school fans, the youthful looking Kylie in the picture above on the kids show was 20 when The Loco-Motion became an international hit.
While Kylie's career did not blossom stateside, she remained a pop diva in Australia and Europe. She updated her image and went with a sexier persona and has now recorded a total of ten albums. In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment including chemotherapy. She has returned to performing since and released a line of swimwear, which she models in the picture above. For her work in publicizing the risks of cancer and the benefits of early detection, the Queen gave her the honour this year.
Also, for a 39 year old cancer survivor, Kylie is smokin' hawt, as our dear dguzman might say.
Just to make this an official Lotsa 'Splainin' 2 Do post, I will also mention that though in real life, Kylie Minogue is teeny tiny*, she did My People And Our Agenda a solid by making a video showing us what a fifteen foot tall Kylie Minogue would look like.
Good on ya, Kylie!
*How teeny tiny? It takes sixteen Kylie Minogues to make a dozen.
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