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Beth Ditto works hard to look front-row ready

Beth Ditto was thrilled with Jean Paul Gaultier's design for a T-shirt in her fashion line.

Singer Beth Ditto always has to get creative when it comes to making fashion work for her figure.

The Gossip singer is a size 22, but she has never let her curves hold her back when it comes to looking fabulous, but Beth often has to think outside the box when she's dressing for a fashion show front row.

"I've been this size my whole life," she told "When I get invited to a fashion show, I'm still that little girl who has to get creative and make things work for my body. Like, they'll send you a T-shirt and you have to make it look front-row ready. Luckily, I've been practicing for years."

Her creative talents helped Ditto when it came to debuting her fashion line, which launched earlier this year (16).

The 35-year-old received the support and help of acclaimed fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who kindly collaborated on a corset print T-shirt to help launch the range.

"He's a good soul!" she said. "We needed help getting the word out about the collection and decided a simple T-shirt would be the perfect medium. Jean Paul was a given. He gets me; he gets it. We asked, and he came back with a design so thoughtful, smart, and creative. He exceeded our wildest expectations!"

Beth has also exceeded people's pre-conceived ideas as to what a plus-size clothing range should look like.

The colourful collection caters to women from a size 14 to 28 and features T-shirts, glamorous bodycon dresses and a flamboyant jumpsuit which wouldn't look out of place as one of Beth's stage outfits.

"I felt like it was time to act on all these ideas that have been in my head for so long," she explained. "This is the brainchild. I'm from the 'We Are the World' generation of the '80s. That really left an imprint on me, that nothing's going to get done unless someone does it."

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