Like any Australian, I am aware of the place the Minogue sisters hold in the nation’s collective heart but their charms have never really had a major effect on me. Until now.
I saw Dannii Minogue speak at the Sydney Business Chicks Breakfast in April 2012 and my opinion of her changed dramatically. I’ve never been a massive fan of either Minogue sister, not because I don’t like them, but I didn’t really see their relevance to me and my life. Sure I like their music, I watched Neighbours and I’ve followed their journeys in the tabloids randomly, but I was really surprised by how energised I felt after attending the breakfast with Danni Minogue. Let me tell you what changed my mind.
Apart from the fact she is quite humorous, Dannii talked the room through her journey in show business and life. Her story wasn’t always great, but Dannii is hardworking, is very family orientated and has very strong ethics. She is one very smart and driven woman and I admire that.
Her career started at seven, a time when most of us are more interested in what colour pencil case we have, and she became a household name when she joined Young Talent Time in the early 80s. Success in the UK as a singer and TV personality plus a move into judging on X Factor both here and in the UK cemented Dannii’s standing as entertainment royalty, but she was honest about the aspects of her life that did not always go to plan – namely her romantic relationships.
The media tends to focus on what older sister Kylie is doing, and as I listened to Dannii speak I wondered how she coped with being out of the spotlight (in comparison to her sister). However, on reflection, I don’t think Dannii fairs too badly with her own achievements, particularly within the fashion industry (she started designing the clothes she wore on YTT) such as her clothing label. If you look at Dannii’s website, you can see her music, books, TV commitments, fashion and brand ambassadorships. She is even a Doctor of Media! Clearly Dannii knows where her talents lay.
My response to Dannii Minogue wasn’t the only thing I was unprepared for. Newsreader Natarsha Belling was the MC for this Business Chicks event and she did a great job and her personality really shone through. This somewhat surprised me given her news career, which seems to be all about reading autocues. It just goes to show you can never judge a book by its cover – or people by their professions.
As I walked away from this breakfast event I thought about how invigorated and inspired I was feeling, despite the early start (7am for 7:30am). I’ve been to several of Business Chick’s events now and find them so motivating I feel alive afterwards. Plus the continental breakfast spread is delicious!
What or who has made you change your mind? Which celebrity business owners inspire you?