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Beth Ditto idolises drag queen

Beth Ditto says her "dog sh*t-eating drag queen" fashion icon protects her from peoples' judgements about the way she looks.

The Gossip star is famed for shunning the stereotypically slim ideal that is associated with pop stars, and regularly shows off her voluptuous frame in a range of flesh-baring designs. Fellow songstress Adele also sports a fuller figure, but conveys a non-sexualised image with her modest dress.

Beth says their views on advocating curves are very different.

"I'm really proud of Adele, but I can't imagine being Adele. I come from a highly politicised, radically feminist, lesbian scene. I have an amazing group of people around me that when things are said about how I look, they just go, 'Girl, f**k that job,' 'Girl, f**k those people.' I mean, my fashion icon is, literally, a drag queen who ate dog sh*t [Divine, in Pink Flamingos]," she told the vulture.com.

"So I can't imagine not coming from a punk scene and adopting riot grrrl sensibilities. Not having that - can you imagine handling fame without that sort of mentality? Even navigating the world would be tough."

Karl Lagerfeld caused a stir earlier this year when he branded Adele "a little too fat". Beth has given her view of the designer's controversial comments.

"First of all, Karl Lagerfeld is not even sane. Second of all, he's not the end-all, be-all of what he does. He's really talented, but that doesn't mean he's right," she said.

"Third, Karl Lagerfeld used to be this really fat, eccentric dude. He always had that fat kid fan with him, too. To me, only a person who was fat could get away with saying something like that."

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