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In her debut video, 1981’s “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde was a bit rough-around-the-edges to the say the least. Her au natural rocker babe look suited that anarchic anthem well, I suppose. But, unlike those urchins in Bananarama, it didn’t take her five years to discover proper hair and makeup; Kim got glam quickly. In the video for “Cambodia,” also from 1981, she strikes supermodel poses and slithers through the jungle with not a hair out of place. She never looked back as she became a bigger and bigger star in the ’80s, paving the way for Kylie Minogue and her ilk.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.