Forget the shoes at Nina Ricci, or the shoulders at Balmain, the most talked about and controversial subject at Paris Fashion Week were the regular front row appearances of Beth Ditto. As she secured her place as a modern-day fashion icon, the debates raged about whether her body image was as negative as that of skin and bone models. So far she has kept quiet on the subject, but what does she really think about being ‘big' in fashion? ‘It's funny how something so normal and mundane that you see every day – your body – can be controversial,' she told BlackBook. ‘The shock value is intense. It's like carrying an art piece around with you all the time.' But while girls of all shapes and sizes salute her, it seems that men are less forthcoming. ‘I think men fear me sometimes. I played in Greece last summer and, I swear, when I went into the crowd, people actually ran away from me.' Well, that might be the cowardly music guys, because the fashion boys are charging at her with arms wide open. Karl Lagerfeld and Giles have already declared their big fashion love for the singer from Arkansas, and now she can add Alexander McQueen to her fan base, who reveals in the same interview, after creating clothes especially for her, that he thinks of her as simply the ‘life and soul'. We couldn't agree more. [BlackBook]
Beth Ditto breaks her silence on her body
27 April 2009
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