Despite being known as one of the world’s most beautiful women it seems even Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue worries about looking older.

Kylie told the January 2012 issue of Elle UK of her concerns about her ageing face. She said, “I am not going to lie about this. There are lots of times I look in the mirror and I see that gravity has taken hold.” The popstar went on to say, “Or suddenly I see my face on a phone or on Skype, and it’s like a Spielberg special effect and you just scream, ‘Who is that?’ ”

Kylie, 44, eats a healthy diet and does Pilates and resistance training to stay in shape, but says she can’t wear the same skin tight outfits she used to. “Sometimes I forget [I am 44] and I think, ‘I must get those hot pants out of retirement.’ And then some mornings I look in the mirror and I see 94 not 44,” says Minogue. “That is the reality before the make-up. And midriff tops are definitely out for good.”

While Kylie may be critical of her looks, the cancer survivor is healthy and happy since being declared cancer-free in 2006. In 2005, she underwent a partial mastectomy to remove a malignant tumour, followed by eight months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

“I am still here, I am still working,” says Minogue. “Women come up to me in the street and just start talking to me about what they are going through, how they are on tamoxifen and it’s making them feel terrible.

“I’ll tell them there were times I cried to my doctor begging to come off it, but I did it, I went through it. I hug them because we both know what they are feeling. I feel very close to every one of them and I think they do to me.”

While Kylie may be an inspiration to other cancer patients, her fitness role model is actress Jane Fonda, who works out daily and freely admits she has had plastic surgery to look younger.

“I am a super-fan of hers,” gushes Minogue. “She doesn’t apologise [about her anti-aging plastic surgeries] and she shouldn’t have to. We put make-up on every day, we tint, pluck, wax, we do anything to make ourselves look as good as we can. I think it’s pointless being hypocritical about something that if it’s done well, can be really good.”

Kyle says she hasn’t had plastic surgery yet, but is open to getting some procedures done down the line.

“I am not against surgery, I haven’t gone down that route yet,” says Minogue, who gets regular Botox injections to keep her looking youthful.

“I don’t know whether I will but I am not against it. The only time it isn’t amazing is when it’s not done well or someone takes it too far.”