Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A One-Woman Band; Star Quality: Beth Ditto Has Made Being an Overweight Lesbian the Most Glamorous Thing on the Planet

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A One-Woman Band; Star Quality: Beth Ditto Has Made Being an Overweight Lesbian the Most Glamorous Thing on the Planet

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Byline: David Smyth

Gossip The Forum

DESPITE the T-shirts insisting "Gossip is a band" at the merchandise booth,there's only one star in this Arkansas trio. Beth Ditto has been part ofeveryone's life this year.

She's the one-woman personality explosion who has made being an overweightlesbian the most glamorous thing on the planet, whose bulging catsuits andhowled proclamations have transported her from the indie ghetto to tabloidinfamy.

As her group finally closes its long campaign for breakthrough album Standingin the Way of Control with two major London shows, Ditto can look back on aperiod in which she has been dissected by Germaine Greer, written a problempage for the Guardian and appeared naked, armpit hair proudly dangling, on thecover of the NME..

Gossip-column interest has edged her dangerously close to freak status, but aslast night's show proved, above everything else, she can really sing.

Tottering back and forth, bawling and wailing, her towering voice dominated theroom. …

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