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Pictures: the life of Kylie

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We take a look at the life of this week's cover star, from her beginnings as much-loved Charlene on Neighbours to her role as one of the world's most iconic pop stars.

Picture credits: Rex Features and Getty Images

  • Girl Next Door, 1988

    Kylie Minogue first gained public adoration as Charlene Mitchell in Neighbours. Wholesome, curly-haired and fresh faced, Minogue literally became the international girl next door. Love those high-waisted jeans, Kyls...

  • Pop Electric, 1988

    In 1988, Kylie left acting behind to launch her music career. After first single The Locomotion rocketed to number one, Kylie travelled to England to work with legendary '80s pop producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman. The visit resulted in I Should Be So Lucky, which became an international number one hit. Kylie went on to churn out hit after hit throughout the late '80s - including the duet "Especially For You" with her Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan.

  • Rhythm of Rebellion - 1990

    The 'girl next door' image would only last so long, and the 1990s saw Kylie in rebellious mode, starting with her Rythym of Love dance album. As this this shot of Kylie performing in Antwerp, Belgium illustrates, the frumpy sweaters and frizzy '80s hair were out, and the sex-kitten hair and leather was in.

  • Suicide Blonde, 1990

    A relationship with Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS, continued Kylie's rebellion. Hutchence was quoted as saying that "corrupting Kylie" was his hobby, and that the INXS song Suicide Blonde was inspired by her. With songs like "Better the Devil You Know" and "Shocked", Kylie's new, sexually-aware persona may have been controversial, but the sales and reception of her new music showed that the world would adapt to the new Kylie.

    Hutchence and Kylie dated until 1991, when Kylie discovered his affair with model Helena Christenson. Hutchence tragically passed away in 1997, leaving both the music world and Kylie shocked.

  • Movie star, 1994

    Kylie turned her hand to acting in 1994 with a part in the Streetfighter movie.

  • The Wild Rose, 1996

    Kylie surprised her fans when she teamed up with Nick Cave to release the melancholy ballad, Where The Wild Roses Grow in 1996.

  • Impossible Princess, 1999

    Kylie adopted a more indie image towards the end of the '90s, which reflected in her music. Kylie's sixth album, Impossible Princess - the first she had full creative control of - featured contributions from the Manic Street Preachers.

  • Light Years, 2000

    Kylie's Light Years album marked the re-birth of Kylie, and was the beginning of the formation of the iconic popstar we've come to know and love. The album's first single, Spinning Around, featured a now infamous pair of gold hotpants, and saw Kylie establish herself as a disco diva.

  • Fever, 2001

    Following appearing in Baz Lurhman's Moulin Rouge! as The Green Fairy, Kylie released the follow-up album to Light Years, Fever, which gave the singer hit after hit, including Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Love At First Sight and Come Into My World and earned her millions of new fans in the States.

  • Mod Body Language, 2003

    Kylie's Body Language album was released following an invitation-only concert called "Money Can't Buy" at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. At the concert, Kylie unveiled a new mod style designed by Minogue and her creative director and stylist, William Baker. The look was inspired in part by Brigitte Bardot, who Kylie described as "a sexpot" and one of "the greatest pin-ups" who was "a perfect blend of coquette and rock and roll".

  • Ultimate Kylie, 2004

    In November of 2004 Kylie released her official greatest hits album, Ultimate Kylie, celebrating over 15 years in the music industry. Pictured here performing in London, this shot epitomises Kylie's pop appeal - fun, colourful and full of vibrancy.

  • Difficult times, 2006

    In May of 2005 Kylie announced to her fans that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, leaving the world in shock and her Showgirl - The Greatest Hits tour indefinitely postponed. Kylie underwent treatment in Melbourne, and the Australian and international press was sent in to a frenzy, camping outside of her family home, causing the Victorian Premier Steve Bracks to officially warn the international media that any disruption of the Minogue family's rights under Australian privacy laws would not be tolerated. Thankfully, Kylie made a full recovery, and finally put a rest to the "will she come back?" speculation by making her first public appearance in July 2005 at a children's hospital, and then again a much more publicised appearance at the Chanel Haute Couture show in July 2006 with her post-chemotherapy short blonde hair - Kylie was most definitely back.

  • Homecoming, 2006

    Kylie's aptly named Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour kicked off in Sydney, Australia, and picked up where her previously postponed tour left off. The dance routines were altered to accommodate Kylie's recovery, but the costumes - such as this feathered showgirl number - were as extravagant as ever.

  • White Diamond, 2007

    In December 2007 Kylie released White Diamond, a documentary filmed between August 2006 and March 2007, chronicling her Homecoming tour. While the documentary had mixed reviews, the documentary helped close a chapter for Minogue and her fans, allowing the world to have a peek in to what Kylie's life had been like since re-entering the public spotlight.

  • Chanel Chic - 2007

    The fashion world also succumbed to Kylie's charms, and she's now a regular on the front row at the world's top fashion week shows. Kylie is pictured here with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, who created the amazing outfits for her Showgirl tour.

  • Electro Pop, 2009

    You don't last over two decades as a pop star without keeping up with the times, and in 2009 Kylie went edgy and high fashion. With singers like Rihanna and Lady Gaga on the scene, Kylie's stage costumes included blinging embellished masks and studded bodysuits, firmly marking her place as the reigning Princess of Pop.

  • Greek Goddess, 2011

    Kylie's latest tour, Aphrodite: Les Foiles world tour features an amazing whirlwind of bright, Greek inspired costumes (designed by Kylie's other close fashion friends, Dolce and Gabbana) and sets.

  • Graduation Day, October 2011

    Kylie received an honorary degree from Angela Ruskin University, Chelmsford for her work promoting breast cancer awareness.

  • Hall of Fame, November 2011

    Kylie was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in November 2011.

  • Funny Lady, December 2011

    Kylie looked as stunning as ever in a red and black gown at the British Comedy Awards in December 2011.