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16 inch waist? Corset's Rubbish; Kylie hits out over weight claims.

Byline: By Beverley Lyons

POP STAR Kylie Minogue yesterday denied her sensational stage corset has given her a 16-inch waist.

The 36-year-old Aussie laughed off the claims - and stressed that she wasn't promoting extreme dieting.

Kylie spoke out in the middle of a five-night run of concerts in Glasgow, amid fears that young fans could starve themselves to emulate her petite frame.

Kylie had the corset made for her by South African corsetier Mr Pearl, a renowned eccentric who claims to have 'trained' his own waist down to 18 inches.

It is one of several dazzling costumes she wears on stage during her Showgirl tour, which kicked off at the SECC at the weekend.

Yesterday, the star said: 'A 16-inch waist? Wow, even I would be amazed by that. Of course that is an exaggeration.'

Kylie, who is staying at the luxurious Mar Hall hotel, near Erskine, refused to give away her exact waist size, adding: 'A showgirl shouldn't reveal her actual measurements.'

A spokesman for the star said: 'We do not want anyone to think Kylie is promoting any form of extreme weight management or control. She does not have a 16-inch waist.'

Kylie, who brought her mum Carol and French actor lover Olivier Martinez to Scotland with her, is in Glasgow until Thursday night.

Her pounds 5million stage show is inspired by showgirls from the Moulin Rouge to Las Vegas and she has nine costume changes, reflecting different periods in history.

She will tour Europe,Australia and the Far East before returning to Britain for the Glastonbury Festival on June 26.

Kylie and Olivier, who left yesterday morning, had a 'wonderful time' in Glasgow, the star's spokesman said.

He denied reports of an early hours row, saying: 'Olivier had to leave to pursue other commitments. There was no row. They couldn't be happier.'
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Mar 23, 2005
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