C’mon, we’ve all got one. Depending on who she is- you may not be proud to admit it- but you have all of her albums, you know all the words to all of her hit singles, and most likely the rest of her songs too. She’s that one female artist that just gets us going whether we’re at home belting it out in front of a mirror, on a road trip with close friends, or ripping it up on a Saturday night. For me, that woman is none other than the uber-fab Kylie Minogue.
You’re probably thinking that this is a real fluff-post about some stereotypically gay topic. Well, umm yeah, it is. I think that the the homo/diva relationship is an interesting and dynamic- one that deserves to be explored. How is it that these strong, confident, gorgeous, and powerful women become gay icons? What is it about them and their music that we easily relate to in our own lives no matter what type of “gay” you are and where you identify yourself on the gay spectrum? Who knows? All I know is that Kylie is my girl and she rocks my world.
I instantly fell in love with Kylie Minogue when she covered “The Locomotion” in the late 80s (I won’t tell you how old I was, but I remember having hula hoop competitions to this song with my little brother in the backyard). I was reintroduced to her back in 2002 with the release of her Fever album that did incredibly well the world over. I must have listened to that album every day with my friend Craig. Since then, between the two of us, we probably have her entire collection of albums and concerts.
I don’t know what it is about Ms Minogue, but she just exudes pure fun for me. Not only is she ultra-stylish- she was one of the first to rock cargos and heels in her cutting edge Love at First Sight video- but the woman is intelligent, has a down to earth demeanour, and oozes class and sophistication thereby differentiating herself from essentially every other diva out there.
She really is the non-diva, diva. Even before she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent successful treatment a couple of years ago, she always appears grounded in interviews and appreciative of everything that she has achieved and especially of the fans that helped her along the way.
Kylie is also a lifelong friend of the GLBT community and has supported GLBT-related charities and performed at many gay clubs and Pride events. The woman knows her audience well. Check out this hot clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhJ7g-8vZe0&feature=related) from one of her concerts. Hello back-up dancers…!
Now, I’m going to the Britney Spears concert today, and as much as I think she’s great and I love getting down to her beats and have enjoyed following her ups and downs- make no mistake: she is no Kylie. Take a look at this clip from Kylie’s Showgirls Tour a couple of years ago.
How entertaining is that? Look at the costumes, the choreography, and the singing. Yes, Kylie shakes her booty and belts out every song in her 2-hour concerts without lip syncing- definitely a rarity these days. You just get a sense of how much of herself she puts into her performances: there’s just something respectable about that. AND, she’s over 40 now, and looks INCREDIBLE.
I mean, there are so many divas that span the decades and continue to influence our lives- everyone from Liza, to Barbara, to Cher, to Madonna, to Janet, to Mariah to Britney to Rihanna, along with many more that I know I have missed. They’ve all got their own personalities, their own styles and target markets. No, they’re not changing the world with their music or their onstage (and offstage) gyrating, but they sure are enjoyable to follow. So, now I want to know: who’s your diva?