Gossip frontwoman and former BUST cover girl Beth Ditto has a riot grrrl background and her personal fashion icon is Divine â€“ â€śa drag queen who ate dog shitâ€ť â€“ meaning she's a rebel who doesn't take any guff. In a recent NY Magazine interview, Ditto talks about being a â€śfat activistâ€ť and bringing her down-to-earth sensibilities to the fashion industry.
In the Vulture.com interview, she condemned the lack of ethical, attractive, and affordable clothing for bigger ladiesâ€“the body type that the fashion industry tends to ignore. Lamenting how her fashion line with UK retailer Evans didnâ€™t meet her expectations, in regards to ethical production, she envisions her own dream clothing line, which would be the â€śIKEA of clothingâ€¦cheap, affordable, basic â€“ but ethically made.â€ť It sounds totally awesome, as long as it doesnâ€™t come with those brain-meltingly puzzling instructions that accompany most IKEA products.
She also had a few gems to say about Chanel head Karl Lagerfeld, his comments about Adele (â€śsheâ€™s a little too fatâ€ť), and his generally terrible attitude towards anyone larger than runway size. She dismissed him, saying,
â€śFirst of all, Karl Lagerfeld is not even sane. Second of all, heâ€™s not the end-all, be-all of what he does. Heâ€™s really talented, but that doesnâ€™t mean heâ€™s right. Third, Karl Lagerfeld used to be this really fat, eccentric dude. He always had that fat kid fan with him, too. To me, only a person who was fat could get away with saying something like that.â€ť
At the same time, she noted that she and Adele, two of the most notable large ladies in the music industry, treat their bodies and size very differently. â€śIâ€™m really proud of Adele,â€ť she said, â€śbut I canâ€™t imagine being Adele.â€ť While Adele tends to go with slightly conservative and non-sexual clothing, Ditto loves to flaunt her shape with formfitting fashions. â€śSometimes I think about Mama Cass [from the Mamas and the Papas] and what she went through, and it must have been really hard being a big girl in the public eye back then," she says. "It was almost like she didnâ€™t have a body, she was so de-sexualized.â€ť
Ditto's fine with the fact that Gossip hasn't had a mainstream breakthrough in the United States â€“ she likes being able to come home and â€śbe completely anonymous.â€ť Besides, she loves being popular in Germany, Gossipâ€™s biggest market, exclaiming excitedly, â€śEvery time we're over there, I think,Â This is what people used to say about David Hasselhoff!â€ť
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