TURNING THE OTHER CHIC; It's the latest thing for hip female celebs to do ... get lippy with a close friend.
FEMALE stars are taking lesbian chic up a gear in an attempt to grab the limelight.
Singers Geri Halliwell and Kylie Minogue
Kylie Ann Minogue (IPA: /'kaɪ. were the latest celebrities to stage a passionate kiss for the cameras, just as their new books were published.
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British viewers will have to wait until next year to see the lawyer's lesbian kiss, which is screened in America next month.
They will see Geri and Kylie's smooch on this week's TFI Friday.
It happened when former Spice Girl Geri appeared on TFI Friday last week with struggling solo artist Kylie.
After the final credits rolled, the pair arm-wrestled with one another across host Chris Evans's studio desk to decide whose book was best.
A live audience watched their play-fight turn in to a lingering kiss on the mouth as the cameras continued rolling.
But what looked like a spontaneous show of affection was little more than a stunt to boost the stars' images, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. psychologist and image consultant Ros Taylor.
She said: "It could have been the mood of the moment, but it was more likely to be sheer exhibitionism exhibitionism /ex·hi·bi·tion·ism/ (ek?si-bish´in-izm) a paraphilia marked by recurrent sexual urges for and fantasies of exposing one's genitals to an unsuspecting stranger.
"It was something which was bound to get headlines for its shock value. Stars know that a little titillation goes a long way.
"Homosexual men have had their day - this month it's heterosexual women kissing."
TFI Friday spokeswoman Jo Linsey insisted the kiss was more a genuine show of affection than a stunt, although both women knew the cameras were still filming.
She said: "Chris had asked them to arm-wrestle. After he realised they had run out of time, he said they should record it anyway and show it next week. Geri and Kylie got closer and closer and then kissed for three or four seconds.
"They are very friendly anyway, but they are entertainers who decided to put on a bit of a show for the camera."
Kylie, who was dumped by her record company after her last album flopped, was on TFI Friday peddling her untitled coffee table tome, a hefty retrospective of photographs and tributes.
Geri, who launched a solo career after leaving the Spice Girls The Spice Girls are an English all-female pop group, formed in London in 1994. The Spice Girls, consisting of: Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, and Victoria Beckham signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single, "Wannabe", in 1996. , was publicising her new autobiography If Only. She is donating proceeds from the book to the Breast Cancer Care charity.
At the very least, their kiss was a fashion statement.
It puts Geri and Kylie in the same camp as stars like Madonna and Sandra Bernhard, who flirted publicly with a lesbian relationship and Courtney Love, and Amanda de Cadenet Amanda de Cadenet (born May 19, 1972) is a British-born actress and photographer. Though she was initially better known as the daughter of British race car driver Alain de Cadenet and as a "wild child" socialite, she has since earned acclaim as a fashion/portrait photographer. , who spiced up an Oscars ceremony by kissing one another repeatedly.
Ros, director of Plus Consulting, said: "Madonna was doing it years ago and now she's a mother who is looking a bit Laura Ashley and worrying about her daughter."
In the 80s it was air-kissing - now the full-on version is becoming an acceptable way for good friends to greet one another.
Channel 4 soap Brookside has been quick to jump on the lipstick lesbian trend as beleaguered be·lea·guer
tr.v. be·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
1. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
2. To surround with troops; besiege. Lindsay Corkhill and her new friend Shelley teeter on the edge of a relationship.
Viewers will discover nearer Christmas whether she accepts more than that from her lesbian friend.
Even Vogue has jumped on the trend, labelling it "bi-try".
The cover feature of this month's issue describes it as "the new trend for autumn" and illustrates it with a photograph of a giggling brunette sticking her hand down the dress of a smiling blonde.
The "bi-try" trend was spotted by lesbian writer Stephanie Theobold, who explained: "The new swingers in town were often doing no more than that - trying."
SPICE IT UP Kylie Minogue and Geri Halliwell on TFI Friday
PARTY MARTI Martine McCutcheon romances a stranger
LUVVIES Luvvies is a reader-submitted feature in Private Eye which shows those quoted to possess a humorous pretentiousness. The term 'luvvie' already existed as a derogatory noun for pretentious, overblown, narcissistic people of an artistic or dramatic bent. Amanda de Cadenet and Courtney Love show that they are just good pals
NECKING Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss
GET LIPPY Tamara Beckwith and socialite Miss Dee
NO SAINT Shaznay Lewis and Melanie Blatt of All Saints get friendly for the nearby cameras
ALLY PALLY pal·ly
adj. pal·li·er, pal·li·est Informal
[-lier, -liest] Informal on friendly terms
Adj. Calista Flockhart makes Ally McBeal, who has no luck with men, get friendly with, left, female colleague Georgia (Courtney Thorne Smith) and, right, rival lawyer Ling Woo (Lucy Liu)
LIP WAX Geri Halliwell shows Ruby Wax how a good clinch should be
DEMI LOVE Actresses Demi Moore and Anne Heche are just good gal palsMATERIAL GIRLMadonna and nightclub queen Ingrid Casares
THE SOAP STARS WHO BOOSTED THE RATINGS WITH THEIR SHOCKING CLINCHES BROOKSIDE: Anna Friel and Nicola Stephenson outraged the whole Close with their affair
HOLLYOAKS: Terri Dwyer and Elly Fairman embrace
EMMERDALE: Leah Bracknell and Rachel Ambler kiss
THE BILL: Joy Brooks and Billy-Claire Wright shower
HIGH ROAD: Sarah Gudgeon and Amanda Beveridge
BABY KISS Baby Spice, Emma Bunton gets lippy with Nicole Appleton of All Saints