Aussie Beauty Special 2013: Top 10 True-Blue Beauty Moments

Wed, 23 January 2013 1:09PM

I’m guessing you all know by now we’re getting a little patriotic over here at PRIMPED. What with Aussie Day on the way and all. So far this week, we’ve brainstormed our top Aussie it girls and listed our most-loved icons (along with the beauty lessons to learn from them). And, of course, gone (macadamia) nuts about the best home-grown beauty buys and brands.

This morning saw us pondering our favourite Aussie beauty moments over our vegemite toast. Which got me all inspired for today’s blog. So, without further ado, here’s my timeline of the top ten true-blue beauty moments – those magazine and movie roles that have starred local talent, yet triggered trends the world over.

* Disclaimer. I was slightly obsessed with Olivia Newton John as a wee girl. This could explain why she makes this list not once, not twice, but three times. I could have added more, but Hayley told me to stop and move on.

1978 – Olivia Newton John Stars in Grease


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And every second girl is suddenly sporting a perm and skin-tight lycra.

1980 – Olivia Newton John Stars in Xanadu



Okay, so the movie was a flop (although the songs, especially the title number, never fail to make me want to strap on my rollerskates and twirl around a dancefloor). But a whole generation of girls grew up desperate to wear ruffles and ribbons in their hair, not to mention contour their cheekbones and lavish lips in shimmery gloss.

1981 – Olivia Newton John Sings Let’s Get Physical


And makes that generation of beribboned, beruffled girls instantly feel the need to cut their hair, wear sweatbands, and star-jump their way around an aerobics room.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Stop everything and watch this ’80s wonder at once:

1986 – Elle Does Elle



Elle Macpherson became synonymous with Elle magazine in this decade, starring on a slew of its covers, and in turn became our first fully-fledged supermodel.

1998 – Cate Blanchett Stars in Elizabeth

Cate got an Oscars nomination for her turn as the Virgin Queen, and totally won over a legion of beauty fans, who swooned over her pale, porcelain-like skin.


You can pretty much trace our current obsession with skin brighteners and lighteners back to this moment in time. No wonder SK-II signed her up as an amabassador in 2004 (and then global ambassador in 2007).


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  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 01:15pm

    Most definitely, by far, my fav moment is the last one. Robyn Lawley is stunning and a role model for women everywhere!

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 01:52pm

    I loved Nicole in that Chanel No.5 movie. She looked stunning in it. Perfection.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 02:01pm

    Oh grease is such a wonderful movie and I love re watching just to check out the hair and makeup. Olivia is so beautiful.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 02:21pm

    Sigh Grease! I love the movie :)! So many gorgeous Aussie beauties!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 04:07pm

    That song made me laugh :) Its such a classic.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 04:36pm

    great movie!

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 04:37pm

    We sure do have some amazing talent from our shores. I was a big fan and still am of Kylie Minogue, I really wanted to be Elle and I would really love to have Cate Blanchett’s skin and Robyn Lawley’s body.

  • Posted by: violetflower61230 Enthusiast // Wed, 23 January 2013 04:37pm

    Wow so hard to choose my favourite! Its got to be a tie between Gemma Ward and Jennifer Hawkins

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 06:48pm

    I used to think I could wear kylies hot pants and look cool! SOO ENVIOUS!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 07:10pm

    haha cute post! :) loved it!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 07:26pm

    Robyn Lawley- perfect.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 24 January 2013 01:16pm

    Gotta love ONJ!

  • Posted by: lovetoplay Master Fan // Thu, 24 January 2013 09:58pm

    How pretty was Olivia in Xanadu! Love that movie!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 26 January 2013 06:16pm

    oh i love olivia in grease

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 26 January 2013 08:02pm

    I don’t know why but I love Olivia in the third photo ie lets get physical music video, I think the short hair really did suit her.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 26 January 2013 08:04pm

    My ultimate favourite over the two pages would be Robyn Lawley making the cover of Italian Vogue, then Kylie in spinning around.

  • Posted by: Steve Seagrave // Sun, 27 January 2013 11:34am

    Olivia, is absolutely the most beautiful woman to have graced our shores. I, and I am sure thousands of other red blooded males wanted nothing more than to get physical with her, and oh my good how hot does she look in black lycra…..Love you Olivia, you are no.1. then Elle and Cate.

  • Posted by: Amanda E // Tue, 29 January 2013 01:20pm

    Grease is still one of my favourite movies!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 21 April 2013 04:40pm

    i only watched grease out of the above

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 10 July 2013 08:34pm

    I think all of these ladies are wonderful role models.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 10 July 2013 08:36pm

    I never realized just how skimpy Kylies outfit it. Boob and bum cheek on display.


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