Unappologetically Beth Ditto

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Beth Ditto shatters expectations surrounding female fatness in the public eye. She is unapologetic about her body and presents it on her own terms. When most plus size celebs stuck to wrap dresses and neutral makeup, Ditto burst onto the scene in her panties and a jet black wig. As the lead singer of the band Gossip, Ditto describes herself as a “fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas.” Gossip was originally signed to the Kill Rock Stars record label, with label mates like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and Sleater-Kinney. These bands embodied the feminist beliefs described in the Riot Grrrl Manifesto. What’s most interesting about Ditto to me is how unconcerned she is with being perceived as conventionally beautiful.

 

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