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Beth Ditto talks ‘crazy punk rock beauty rules’

Beth Ditto believes female musicians live in “such a different world” than their male counterparts primarily because of lavish hair and makeup routines.

(Cover) - EN Star Style - Beth Ditto still doesn’t believe mainstream culture has fully accepted the idea of approaching “beauty from a punk attitude”.

The 34-year-old singer, who made her claim to fame fronting rock band Gossip, is heavily involved in the Girls Rock Camp Foundation - a summer camp that teaches young ladies how to read, compose and play music.

Girls Rock Camp Foundation launched a fresh campaign which sees participants recreating famous album covers. While discussing this initiative, Beth disclosed her views on how underground music impacts body consciousness.

“If you can come at beauty from a punk attitude, which Girls Rock Camp has, you get a completely different set of rules,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “You’re taught that it’s okay to look crazy and that crazy can be beautiful and that beauty is relative. And when you learn that, you have access to something that pop culture will never teach you — that’s an underground concept. I wish I had learned that sooner. It could have taken so much less time.”

Beth is convinced it is certainly challenging for female artists to establish themselves as serious musicians.

But the songstress believes a lot of the difficulty female musicians face is connected to their beauty routine.

“Sometimes I feel like there’s no right way to do it,” she explained. “It’s just such a different world for women in music — we have to go through different things. Even playing in a band, I would be getting ready for hours and then everyone else is ready in ten minutes. I like doing hair and makeup so it wasn’t bad for me, but what about the girls who aren’t into hair and makeup and all that bullsh*t?”

However, the way she appears to others is not stopping Beth from creating her first solo album.

“Yep! Confirmed, baby!” she said of her debut solo collection. “I have a sh*tload of songs but haven’t started recording yet. I’m nervous. I feel like I’m going to a different school or something.”

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