The singer on pouting like Lauren Bacall, DIY hairdos, gardening in nightwear and discovering the joys of colour
This was taken in 1981 or 1982, right at the beginning of my career. All my clothes at that time were secondhand – a hangover from being at art college. The top that I wore in the Kids in America video was from Oxfam, and so was this. These are the same boots that I wore in that video, too.
I was a big fan of Lauren Bacall – I really loved that she didn’t smile for the camera. When I first started having my photograph taken, lots of male photographers would say: “Come on Kim, give us a smile!” and it used to drive me insane. So I would just think about Bacall and pout furiously, as I am doing in this photograph. I looked thoroughly miserable most of the time, whereas I was having the time of my life.