Mary Beth Patterson, aka Beth Ditto, fronts indie rock dance band Gossip. Beth’s uncompromising, in-your-face attitude and physical presentation has earned her a special place in the hearts of millions. In a little over three years, Beth went from a Arkansas-born small town gal to the sole performer at an elite Fendi after-party. Her lovable personality, bold fashion, and talent culminate to create one of the most iconic musicians of our time.
Despite her obvious influence on fellow fashionistas, Beth remains humble about her outlandish aesthetic and awe-inspiring presentation. In the Wall Street Journal post “Beth Ditto: Fashion’s New Darling?” Beth said, “I’m not really a fashion icon. I wouldn’t go that far.” Beth’s humble nature and down to earth personality only make her all the more lovable. Her grounded sense of self has earned a cult following of fans, staggering record sales, and a few noteworthy awards, such as New Musical Express magazine’s award for the Coolest Person in Rock (2006), and Glamour magazine’s award for International Artist of the Year (2008). As if musical success and international recognition wasn’t enough, Beth’s also added fashion designer to her admirable CV. In the summer of 2009, she designed a line for a UK retailer specializing in women’s clothing sized 14 to 32.
Beth’s passion for fashion has resulted in a handful of legendary outfits, and also a few controversies – but what true style icon hasn’t run into the occasional crowd of opposition?
In one of my favorite Gossip songs, “On the Prowl,” Beth’s soulful voice croons, “I’ll give you something that you’ll never forget.” She lives up to that promise with a never-ending playful presentation of alluring ensembles, which only add to her fabulous feminist mystique!
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