Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John
Today Kylie is the highest selling Australian-born artist of all time, but this image, taken over 30 years ago, depicts her early in her career. It was just one year after the release of ‘Locomotion’ (1987), which became the highest selling single of the 1980s in Australia.
In this posed and yet delightfully candid photograph, the uncredited photographer has beautifully captured a starstruck Kylie standing next to Olivia.
Kylie talks about growing up watching Grease (Randal Kleiser, USA, 1978) and idolising Olivia, and it’s obvious from the photo this is a huge moment for her.
When this image was taken Kylie’s career was still taking shape but today there are many parallels between the two women. Each began their careers with an innocent, girl-next-door image which they went on to counter, building a massive fan base despite not being taken seriously by critics for their pop and disco leanings.
Notes by Beth Taylor