“Beth Ditto is a fat lesbian. She’s also a fashion ‘icon’.” This stunning journalistic scoop comes from the silver-tounged Alex Blimes, features editor of British GQ who, it seems, is not a fan of overweight people. On top of calling the beloved, bold, and, yes, near-spherical lead singer of the Gossip a “porker,” he has determined that “fashion people” are, in fact, “stupid” for liking her. The keen-eyed Blimes claims that the prime reason for Ditto’s popularity among “wasp-waisted fashion editors” is not her music — “deeply average,” he says — but that the pro-anorexia fashion scene needed someone to visually offset the usual beanpoles promoted by the industry. Certainly, one should be concerned with Ms. Ditto’s long-term health. But at 28, she has years to enjoy her form, and her supporters love her for her madcap, unapologetic charisma, which flourishes both despite and because of her shape. Blimes, on the other hand, vents so much bile against her (ostensibly because he fears for the health of Britain’s children) that it borders on the pathological (mother issues, perhaps?). Though accusing the fashion industry of vapid and capricious superficiality while using words like “flabby” leaves a bad taste, we can’t wait to see what Blimes thinks of that awful shot of Megan Fox’s thumbs.
Fashion’s biggest fan [British GQ]