The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Our favorite frontwomen

 
 

Alley Hector: We may love to hate her but Courtney Love was a hugely influential figure in the ’90s alt-rock movement. And now she’s just hilarious.

Mia Jones: This is a no-brainer for me. Courtney Love is my favorite front woman because I love trainwrecks. In the same way that I watch Intervention to make myself feel better about the way I spend my Saturday nights I could read Love’s Twitter rants forever. Or really, I can try to read them and only half of the time understand them. One of the best kept secrets about Courtney, is that she is actually incredibly intelligent and artistically gifted. If you don’t believe me, pick up a copy of her coffee table scrapbook, Dirty Blonde.

drummerdeeds: No Doubt‘s Gwen Stefani stormed onto the music scene with her ska-pop jams, f–k you attitude, and insane athleticism. (Push-ups on stage, anyone?) She then proved she could hold her own without the boys in the band, and even taught us how to spell "bananas."

These days, to everyone’s bafflement, Mama Stefani and her abs look even better than they did in the ’90s — pregnancy, shmegnancy. She’s one of the best frontwomen of all time for putting on amazing shows, actually having talent, and giving us one of the greatest girl power anthems in history.

Trish Bendix: Beth Ditto is the bomb. I’ll never forget how fearless she’s always been, and it hasn’t seemed to change with the newfound fame. Stripping down naked and letting the sweat drip down her face, smearing her eyemakeup and singing the s–t out of gospel and disco-tinged punk songs, she was an anomaly before she spoke out for feminists, queers and fat girls.

Beth is one of the sweetest Southern belles you could ever meet — proof that you can take the girl out of Arkansas, but you can’t take the Arkansas out of the girl.

Your turn: Who’s got the goods?

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