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Kim Wilde: My looks helped my career

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Kim Wilde: My looks helped my career

Kim Wilde thinks her looks were a "big part" of her career success.

The 55-year-old singer burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single 'Kids in America' and has admitted her aesthetic appeal played a big part in her rise to the top of the industry.

The blonde star said: "Looks were a big part of my success, and I always understood that.

"I grew up in the 70s when there were a lot of beautiful people around, not least David Bowie. I embraced it, but I never took myself that seriously."

Although Kim felt objectified during her meteoric rise, she also admitted she was happy to indulge those attitudes for the sake of her career.

She confessed: "I felt a bit objectified as a pop star in the 80s, but I went along with it quite willingly.

"Although you'll never find pictures of me displaying half as much as what the girls are showing these days. Maybe they've got better bodies!"

However, Kim conceded she suffered a slump in her 30s, when she started feeling fretful about the world.

She told the Guardian newspaper: "I had a bit of a bad time in my early 30s. I was really lost and anxious. My dad said to me: 'You've got to push out on the world.' I did and I recovered."