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Shirley Bassey: Get dressed, Rihanna!

Dame Shirley Bassey has blasted modern stars like Rihanna for distracting from their vocal talents by wearing incredibly skimpy outfits.

The 78-year-old singer revealed her feelings over the Guo Pei couture gown that the 27-year-old musician wore to the Met Gala earlier this month.

In an outspoken rant, Dame Shirley accused Rihanna and her peers of setting a bad example of achieving fame by wearing very little.

“It’s like they’re all in competition with each other for who can wear the skimpiest outfit,” she said, according to the Mirror UK.

“In my day it was for the stage only, you didn’t go out looking like that.”

Dame Shirley has been in the spotlight for the past 60 years. She is known for the sparkly, eye-catching gowns she wears when she performs.

However, the legendary star insisted that when it comes to what she wears on a daily basis, it couldn’t be further from her stage attire.

“When I saw the Met Ball, excuse me, when I saw Rihanna’s gown… I think you have to leave some things to the imagination. Yes, my gowns were sexy, with a cut-out and a slit here, but I didn’t show everything,” she recalled.

“These girls are talented singers – they don’t need that but they feel they do. That’s the sad thing about it. Go in the studio and sing your heart out, get a vocal coach and strengthen your vocal cords.”

Dame Shirley was speaking as she attended the Variety Shooting Stars book launch this week.

And the singer, who is still in incredible shape just two years ahead of turning 80 years old, also revealed her tips for maintaining a slim physique in old age.

She hits the gym three times a week with her trainer, and adds: “I feel it when I don’t go. I watch what I eat during the week and at weekends I go mad – I love ice-cream, caviar with cream and baked potatoes.”

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