Everything we know about celebrity should dictate that Gossip's frontwoman Beth Ditto should not have made it as far as she has. However, from a small town in Arkansas to the runways of Paris, Ditto has defied what's expected of a woman, a lesbian, a fashionista and, yes, a gay icon.
For some in the LGBT community, the outspoken singer is a punk diva alternative to the standard Kylies, Britneys and Katys. Her band's disco-tinged punk tunes, which have only become more pop-driven with time, are riotous anthems. She's famous for her uninhibited live performances, which often feature the plus-sized singer stripped down to her bra and panties. No matter the accolades, she doesn't take herself too seriously, whether she's comparing nipples with Adam Lambert or covering a Dolly Parton song in a blonde wig.
All that spectacle wouldn't mean anything if she couldn't back it up. Her voice can easily switch between gospel smooth and screaming punk snarl, often in the same song. She's a ferocious singer, and one of the most charismatic frontwomen in history.
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