The pride of Judsonia | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The pride of Judsonia

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 2:33 PM

click to enlarge unknown.jpg
Beth Ditto, lead singer of the Gossip and Arkansas's current leading contribution to the music world (I originally put her origins in the wrong Ark. town), makes the scene at the Paris fashion show, an occasion for a New York Times feature. It comes with a photo of the outsized punk singer showcasing her mama tattoo during her appearance for Fendi. Highly recommended story. The lead:

I’m a big prude,” Beth Ditto said on Sunday.

That would be Beth Ditto, the lead singer of the Gossip, the Beth Ditto who not long ago took off her underpants during a performance and tossed them into the crowd, the same Beth Ditto who once mooned the paparazzi on the red carpet going into an awards show, the very Beth Ditto who appears naked on the cover of the new Condé Nast start-up, Love.

Ms. Ditto was sitting in a gilt-ornamented hotel suite. There were views of the Louvre from the living room. Through the windows drifted the tinny music of the children’s carousel in the Tuileries.


“In fashion, in a way, everything is permitted,” Ms. Fendi said Monday night at the Hemingway Bar of the Ritz, a favorite watering hole of people like Kate Moss, Ms. Ditto’s recently acquired best friend. “We wanted to have Beth Ditto not to sell the ultimate new handbag, but because it’s a pleasure to take a little risk and to show that fashion is the one discipline that, because it is about change, is the most open to others.”

Fashion may be frivolous and superficial and often cruel. (When she met Karl Lagerfeld, Ms. Ditto explained, he uttered a lot of “fat-phobic” remarks.) But, whether you are a soulful, rambunctious, alternately foulmouthed and soft-spoken tattooed lesbian feminist with a big career in front of you or a designer hopeful with a pincushion and a portfolio of sketches, fashion can open up worlds you did not know existed.

Anyway, that is what Beth Ditto concluded once she decided to let fashion reel her in.


From the ArkTimes store


Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016
  • Police identify two women found fatally shot on Chicot Road

    Little Rock police have identified two women found dead of gunshot wounds in an SUV parked next to a vacant trailer in a mobile home park at 11500 Chicot Road.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation