Vocalist for The Gossip and out lesbian Beth Ditto is causing a stir again. This time it's for her audacious photo shoot and article for British music mag NME. The singer appears nude on the cover, and inside of the magazine expounds on a variety of topics.
On new pal model Kate Moss and body image: "Kate is amazing. I spent one night talking to her and she just said the most amazing things about bodies. At first I didn't think I was going to like her, but she just turned up to one of our shows and said, 'Do you know what I hate Beth ? I hate it when people tell my big girlfriends, 'You have a beautiful face…' I mean, that's a really radical concept".
"You can't hate a person for dieting, and you can't blame a person for feeling sh*t about themselves. You have to blame the machine that feeds it, the thing that makes people feel like that. There are lots of things that are part of that machine, and it's too easy to lay the blame at the feet of women – men don't know what it feels like to be a woman and be expected to look a particular way all the time. I had those conversations with Kate, and Kate agreed with me about it. She's a smart person."
On Paris Hilton: "I have this thing where I don't ever want to bad-mouth a woman. Except for Paris Hilton. Please tell me you saw that thing where she was crying in the newspapers, about her going to prison. It was so funny. I was laughing until I was crying."
On the fashion industry (and Paris Hilton, again): "If there's anyone to blame for size zero, it's not women. Blame gay men who work in the fashion industry who want these women as dolls. Men don't know what it feels like to be a woman and be expected to look a particular way. The Beckhams are part of the machine; Paris Hilton is part of the machine."
See more photos from the NME article here.