Beth Ditto annoys me on so many levels. But not for the reasons that many might at first assume. She is a larger than life creature with the ability to make a catchy tune and make every designer fall over themselves to make a Beth-sized copy of their usual size 0 clothing.
She's just championing the rights of a real woman say some. I completely disagree. Gemma Arterton, with her recent weight gain, even Kate Moss and her new 'curves' play a bigger part in the self esteem game than Beth. At a guess I'd say she's morbidly obese, and although she doesn't care, it is this cartoon-like quality which has garnered her so much popularity. Like a fat anti-barbie doll, in the year that Barbie comes back into prominence, she poses a challenge to designers, to actually use that much fabric and still have a product that is recognisably theirs. She's a fun, crude, lesbian who must be a nice break from the usual skinny clones, but she's a novelty not a statement.
Yes she was on the cover of Love magazine, yes somehow she got into an Herve Leger, this just further goes to prove that her image is not that of a role model, currently she's just a model. She has been cleaned up and dumbed down, no longer a rock rebel, but a fashionista. With the fickle industry that is the fashion world, it won't be long before she's just another fat girl who needs to lose weight. Does anyone remember Sophie Dahl?