Australia's greatest cultural export, Kylie Minogue is the People's Princess of Pop.
She started out as a child actor in Australia, and at age 17 she landed the role of Charlene, a bubble-permed, delinquent mechanic, on the soap opera Neighbours. This was the part which made her a household name in both Australia and the UK, and her character's wedding to Scott Robinson was one of the biggest ever television events in those countries.
But she was destined for greater things: a pop career beckoned, and from the very beginning she was a massive success in both Europe and Australasia, and she now has a strong fanbase in North America, hitherto the last major market to elude her.
Though the path was not always smooth, she has now reached the status of international cultural icon: a tiny, glittering colossus of the music industry, and recipient of most (if not all) of its major awards, including a Grammy, three Brits, three Ivor Novellos and no less than seventeeen Arias.
There have been several other accolades too: Queen Elizabeth II appointed her an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and in 2000 she performed at the Sydney Olympics before a several billion-strong television audience.
She's still found the time to indulge in the occasional acting role too, most famously the Green Fairy in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge. More recently, she has provided the voice for Florence in the film version of the classic children's show The Magic Roundabout and appeared as Astrid in the 2007 Christmas special of the BBC sci-fi drama Doctor Who.
Less happily, in 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. There was a huge outpouring of affection and artistic peers such as Madonna, Tori Amos and Coldplay all paid tribute to her. Thankfully after successful treatment she has regained her health, and is back recording music and touring around the world. Her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite, was released in 2010.
Kylie: a gay icon on a par with Madonna, a sex symbol with few rivals, and a pop sensation who has entertained the world for over twenty years. She is perfection in gold hotpants.
This community is for those who worship the diminutive Antipodean chanteuse and want to share that love, plus any links, pictures, commentary and squeeing inspired by she. Anything Kylie-related is fair game, be it her music, her acting, or her general fabulousness. Your disco needs you!
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