Beth Ditto says the "powerful visuals" of 80s pop icons' beauty stayed with her after they were banned in her home state.
The eccentric singer is famed for her head-turning fashion and beauty, and cites Priscilla Presley and Madonna as her style icons.
Beth says her childhood heroes inspired her to be creative with her look - something that stayed with her until later on in life.
"I really like make-up and I really like hair. I love it, actually. I could talk about it for hours. When I was little I would teach myself to French braid and sit there for hours, singing and French braiding. Being a child of the Eighties was amazing - Thriller came out, Like A Virgin came out - all of those albums were new. MTV was new," she revealed in an interview with Stylist magazine.
"I loved the way Priscilla Presley looked, I thought she was incredible. And Madonna's mole - I thought it was fascinating that you could just draw on a mole! Then, around '86 my hometown - Searcy, Arkansas - outlawed MTV so those images of pop culture are what stuck in my head. It was like being on a desert island, shipwrecked with those people. They're powerful visuals, so I feel lucky for that in a weird way."
Beth is collaborating with beauty brand MAC on a limited edition collection. The star is inspired by fellow celebrities who don't conform to current trends.
"I feel really proud of people like La Roux and Tilda Swinton - people who have really made a look work for them that's more about who they are and isn't so gender focused," she gushed.
"I love Adele so much, and it's honestly not because we're both big, I love that she's a f**king singer and that she just so happens to be beautiful. It gives me chills to think about it."
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