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Beth Ditto, American Musician ( February 19, 1981 - )

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As with most phobias, the fear of flying does make some sense, but if ever there was a fear worth quashing then this is it. After all, life is short, and there's a great big world to explore out there.~Beth Ditto


Life Fear Great

As a kid, I was always mad - just noticing the women at Thanksgiving, running around the kitchen, while the men were watching football. For one, I don't want to cook, and for two, I hate football. I was stuck in the middle.~Beth Ditto


Women Football Men

I thought to be feminine was to give in to straight culture, or the beauty standard, but in my heart I had a flair for fashion and style. They were passions I kept secret because I didn't understand I could love clothes and hair and makeup and still like girls.~Beth Ditto


Love Beauty Culture

There is something to be said for people who have to work hard, be creative, produce what they have with little - or no - means. Those of us from poor homes have the advantage of thinking for ourselves and of knowing that when times get hard, things could always be worse.~Beth Ditto


Work Work Hard Thinking

In moments when I question if I should be having kids, I think of all those phone calls from my sister-in-law, in which, 3,000 miles away, I hear my nephews screaming for her attention. I tell her I have to go because I am packing to leave for Europe, and her tone flatlines: 'That must be nice.'~Beth Ditto


I Am Moments Nice

I'm shameless, and I love a pun. There's a lot of Beth puns.~Beth Ditto


Love Shameless Puns

I was born fat and have always been, which was just fine and even healthy and cute until I turned ten or so. Puberty hit like a hurricane and brought a new set of rules. All of a sudden it was my fault I was chubby.~Beth Ditto


Cute Rules Fat

Thanks to capitalism, the importance placed on beauty has never been so manipulated. We are the guinea pigs force-fed ads that tell us how pathetic we are: that we will never be loved, happy or valuable unless we have the body, the face, the hair, even the personality that will apparently be ours, if only we buy their products.~Beth Ditto


Beauty Happy Personality

I'm a great believer in karma, and the vengeance that it serves up to those who are deliberately mean is generally enough for me.~Beth Ditto


Great Karma Me

I think it's really cool that there are people like Adele on the cover of 'Vogue' and 'Rolling Stone,' and like I think it's really important that people are talking about your body, because if they don't, then you'll never be able to break that barrier.~Beth Ditto


Cool People Important

I have no control over what people think of me but I have 100% control of what I think of myself, and that is so important. And not just about your body, but so many ways of confidence. You're constantly learning how to be confident, aren't you?~Beth Ditto


Learning Myself Confidence

I'm constantly thinking about what I'll do next. I never count on music being a career of longevity. I mean, longevity is key, and I hope that it lasts, but you just don't know, because it's not in your hands, you don't make the decision.~Beth Ditto


Music Hope Decision

A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.~Beth Ditto


Beautiful Friend Plant

This archaic idea - that a woman who is unmarried and childless at 30 is somehow unnatural - will probably always exist, and, like most social standards, it is ridiculous.~Beth Ditto


Woman Childless Most

Here is my prescription to heal all wounds. Watch the film 'Funny Girl' at least five times, eat at least 45 chocolate bars, and hang out with all those friends you blew off to hang out with your ex. I truly believe that, through a combination of Nutella, old pals and Barbra Streisand, we can achieve happiness and, very probably, world peace.~Beth Ditto


Funny Happiness Peace

I knew that if I wanted to stop being a pushover I had to get comfortable with small rejections myself. That took some work, but because of it I can now say 'no' to other people with a clear conscience.~Beth Ditto


Work Myself Small

Some makeup companies have really good recycling policies, and it's worth finding out whether your favourites are among them. With MAC, for instance, you can take any of your old makeup containers into its shops, and the sweetest deal is that, once you've racked up six containers, you get a free lipstick or lip gloss.~Beth Ditto


Good Makeup Finding

My number-one theory in life is that style is proportional to your lack of resources - the less you have, the more stylish you're likely to be.~Beth Ditto


Life Style You

I was brought up by a single mom in a poor town in Arkansas and while some aspects of small-town life were really positive - like the fact that everyone there is really sweet and hospitable - there is also this close-minded mentality, and that naturally made me want to rebel.~Beth Ditto


Mom Life Positive

There is no rule in the pink-triangle guide to coming out that you must wear a rainbow flag cap and organise a full band parade.~Beth Ditto


Rainbow You Flag

I've had a ton of fast-food jobs - it changes your approach to human interaction forever.~Beth Ditto


Changes Human Fast-Food

For me the greatest revenge of all is having a happy adulthood, waking up in my gorgeous turquoise bedroom in the morning beside a person who really inspires me. That's the best revenge a girl-loving girl from the Bible belt could possibly have. And, importantly, it's healthy.~Beth Ditto


Morning Best Happy

I don't have a good attention span and can't spend long in record stores or video shops or games emporiums without getting grumpy.~Beth Ditto


Good Long Attention

When I am made fun of in the press I just remember those days when I'd come home to find that the water had been turned off because my mother couldn't afford the bill. Suddenly, everything feels easier.~Beth Ditto


Mother Home Water

You live in this shadow that you're going to burn in Hell until you're saved. And I still worry about it a little. I don't believe in Heaven, but I do still fear Hell.~Beth Ditto


Fear Shadow Believe

I believe I owe all the best parts of my adulthood to embracing my imperfections and showcasing them.~Beth Ditto


Best Believe I Believe