Vogue Magazine interviewed the self-described “Fat Feminist Lesbian,” Beth Ditto, in a July feature article that praises the fact she “unapologetically celebrated her body and her queerness from the beginning.”
Ditto, a former singer from the punk band The Gossip, has made headway through her spread of the “fat acceptance movement” to comply with the greater “body positivity movement,” which has gotten widespread attention in many Women’s Interest magazines such as Allure, Elle and Marie Claire.
“The fat acceptance movement caught a lot of steam and has taken off in a beautiful way and it’s really cool,” Ditto said in the feature. “And part of being an adult is seeing how the movement has moved on from me. Ten years ago, I was having these conversations that are now 10 years old. What I’m seeing now is there is a lot of conversation about feminism, how we need to make it intersectional, and that has to be the priority.”
The “fat acceptance movement” breaks beauty standards and norms, Ditto said, adding: “We are seeing a lot of conventional beauty ideas being put onto the fat movement, and that is neither helpful nor the point.”
Ditto commented on other plus size models, such as Ashley Graham, regarding accepting different sizes in the movement. “Ashley Graham has gotten a lot of backlash because people say she’s ‘not fat enough’ and that not everyone is an hourglass,” Ditto said. “But she is, and people should shut up. They blame her instead of the industry — it makes me so irritated! It’s like, just quit being mean to each other. It’s not hard to be decent.”
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