09.03.09

Beth Ditto In Herve Leger


Beth Ditto is fearless.

I have long been a supporter of Beth Ditto. She has no desire to be a size 0, she doesn’t hide behind black, plus she’s happy and secure about herself, and her size.

I have a Herve Leger dress, which I have worn once. I was so self conscious about wearing it, I never wore it again, because I felt really naked. So I have NOTHING but respect for Beth when she wore this dress to Stella McCartney’s Fall 2009 presentation this afternoon.

I know a lot of you will disagree with me.

Rock on Beth. Rock on.

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42 Responses to Beth Ditto In Herve Leger

  1. Dana March 9, 2009 at 22:34 #

    She is amazing. I love her!!

  2. Cecily March 9, 2009 at 22:38 #

    Oh! She ROOCK! Love her

  3. robbie March 9, 2009 at 22:40 #

    i for one wouldnt disagree with you.

    finally someone with proper curves wears a herve leger dress, she looks great, its been a long time since she has been posted on here.

    beth can do no wrong in my opinion.

    plus her shoes are gorgeous.

  4. Alicia March 9, 2009 at 22:40 #

    I definitely agree, FC. There’s no way I’d ever be able to pull one off, but she’s an undeniable rock star.

  5. Ling March 9, 2009 at 22:48 #

    To be honest, I think the dress makes her look a lot slimmer compared to other outfits she’s worn in the past, and she looks good in it. Love the shoes too.

  6. Lara March 9, 2009 at 23:15 #

    I think she looks beautiful.

  7. Terry March 9, 2009 at 23:23 #

    She always takes fashion risks and for this reason I really admire her! That (and her amazing voice) is what really counts!

  8. KAYA March 9, 2009 at 23:52 #

    I agree Ling, she looks really good in that picture

  9. Anonymous March 9, 2009 at 23:57 #

    I’d love to believe it but I’ve heard so many supposedly happy with their curves women say how unhappy they were after dropping five sizes. (And I’ve heard the reverse.)

    So you really never know.

    I like her in that dress though – and I didn’t think I would.

  10. Rebecca March 10, 2009 at 00:00 #

    What didn’t you like about the bandage dress?

    My friend has one and she said it’s like your whole body is being strangled and you can’t breathe.

    She wears it pretty often though because she gets a ton of attention in it.

  11. Anonymous March 10, 2009 at 00:18 #

    ok ok ok WORK! She is wrking the hell out of that Herve L. Ugh I wish I had her guts. I woould vote her for best dressed of the week.

  12. Parvati March 10, 2009 at 00:52 #

    I wouldn’t expect it from a Herve Leger dress, but this one actually looks really good on her!

  13. Kris March 10, 2009 at 00:53 #

    That’s so absurd that someone as unhealthy (you cannot argue against the fact that obesity, and she is obese, is a leading cause of death in America, since it’s been proven time and time again) as this woman can be praised for embracing her unhealthiness. How is that any better than women with Anorexia and Bulimia flaunting their jutting bones?
    It is all the same–unhealthy and the fact that praise is given is absolutely ludicrous.

  14. Payal March 10, 2009 at 01:25 #

    Wow! I have hope to fit into one! And, FC, you should wear that Leger again! Don’t waste a dress like that! ;)

  15. Elle Woods March 10, 2009 at 02:09 #

    OMG….she looks really good in it. I wish i had the cojones to actually wear something that form fitting!

  16. Arasto March 10, 2009 at 03:34 #

    She looks revolting. Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

    When I see her, I think of high blood pressure, poor eating habits and sheer gluttony.

  17. Meg March 10, 2009 at 04:06 #

    That dress is very slimming on Beth.

  18. Trixy March 10, 2009 at 04:27 #

    Rock on!

  19. Anonymous March 10, 2009 at 05:31 #

    Kris, as much as I agree that obesity is a problem, you can not deny that not all people were born to be size 0’s, some people are born that way, and it is very hard to lose the weight in natural, non extreme ways. Give her credit for embracing her body as it is, you wouldn’t say the same for someone if they were ugly would you?

  20. Alayna March 10, 2009 at 06:23 #

    I agree with Kris. Yea, kudos to her for wearing it, but it really is the same as being stick thin.

  21. Coco March 10, 2009 at 07:23 #

    And right above a posting where you make fun of Beyonce’s hips?

    Beyonce has curves; Beth is overweight. Kudos to her for wearing the dress, even if it is a year too late (but I don’t think you’re actually talking about fashion here, even if that is ostensibly the point of this blog, but trying to make a statement.)

    Incredibly disingenuous then to call Beyonce hippy in a fashion-forward dress when she’s clearly a girl that takes care of herself even if you find her too big, and compliment Beth just for being brave while wearing seasons old Leger.

  22. Fashion Critic March 10, 2009 at 08:21 #

    Coco, I think you need to re-read the Beyonce post because I was not making fun of her.

    I said I liked the DRESS, but found it unflattering on her, but assumed it may look better on film. This is just an opinion not a fact.

    When did I say Beyonce was too big?

    Geez please read the post before look to attack.

    I have the same shape as Beyonce.

    Your comments leaves me totally baffled.

    I am not talking about Beth’s health, I am applauding her for have the guts to wear such a dress when people like you will look at her and judge her for:

    - being too fat
    - too late to jump on the Herve Leger bandwagon
    - wearing a season old dress

    *your words not mine*

  23. Lana March 10, 2009 at 09:27 #

    I think she looks horrible, there are plenty on non-size zero celebs out there and they do not wear garments like this, and I can honestly say I dont think Beth has ever worn something that has made do a double take.

    At the end of the day this blog isn’t about the sizes of celebrities guys, its about what they wear and how they wear it.

    And here I completely hate it.

    Beth Ditto does nothing for the Herve Leger dress, and the Herve Leger dress does not for Beth Ditto. In my own opinion of course.

    Thanks FC for writing a post that has caused so much controversy, its good to hear other peoples views! :)

  24. ~*juDee*~ March 10, 2009 at 09:46 #

    there is absolutely nothing right about the size of beth ditto….i truly hate the fact that she uses the excuse of “loving urself just the way u are” for remaining unhealthily obese! i 110% agree with what kris said….she is no better than your typical size zero.
    the praise of both extremes set the wrong example for women today…
    yes, u can be proud of your curves-Lord knows i am- but growing those curves to the point of obesity and being proud of that is just crazy…
    big girls needs to realise that their health and well-being is paramount to just accepting themselves and their “curves” the way they are…
    omg, this has to be the most commented on post FC! lol

  25. Ling March 10, 2009 at 11:42 #

    Sorry for commenting twice – but if people think Beth Ditto is obese then they’ve clearly never seen an obese person in their life!! (although she probably is overweight)

  26. Nili March 10, 2009 at 12:26 #

    oh, come on all you “health cops”, even unhealthy people have a right to feel good about themselves and their bodies, believe it or not!
    anyway, as long as the fashion industry is so biased against healthy AND obese women, and favors extremely skinny ones, i say – ROCK ON ALL YOU BETH DITTOS OUT THERE, and also all of us curvy women. it’s so refreshing to see women of all shapes and sizes in the spotlight – after so many years in which it wasn’t possible. i wish we would see more and more women of all kinds.

  27. donna March 10, 2009 at 12:49 #

    horrifying.

  28. Anonymous March 10, 2009 at 14:59 #

    Yeah but you did say ‘With hips like Beyonce Knowles you wouldn’t think she would feel the need to exaggerate them…’ which kind of implies they exaggerate themselves already. And if exaggerated in this case doesn’t imply ‘too big’ then I’m not clear on exactly what that statement could mean.

    Hips that present themselves more than any other body feature so they don’t need to be embellished?

    Could you explain what you meant there? Or how the above poster got it wrong.

    You’ll forgive some for not construing that as exactly a compliment.

  29. Fashion Critic March 10, 2009 at 15:31 #

    Th bottom line is that I was not saying Beyonce was too fat.

    If you and Coco believe I was, I will have to let you continue to believe that.

    I have hips and curves, and they are celebrated on this site.

    I really do not feel the need to explain myself twice.

    I know what I said, and the manner in which I said it, interpret it as you will.

  30. Lauren March 10, 2009 at 16:42 #

    I for one think Beth looks great. Sure maybe she is overweight, and maybe she could do with losing a few pounds, but does that mean she should be depressed and hide in baggy clothes? Ofcourse she shouldn’t! Would you expect someone who is underweight to hide behind baggy clothes? Beth Ditto has confidence. She has piles more confidence than most people who are ‘normal’ (which can I point out, there is no normal, everyone comes in different shapes and sizes). In a world where everyone is so worried about their weight and figure, is it not refreshing to see somebody who is confident with themselves? Even if that person is too big, what does it matter?

  31. Laura Deerfield March 10, 2009 at 17:34 #

    As someone who is, myself, obese this is my take:

    I think she looks great, and makes the dress work because she carries herself well, has great posture, and has a relaxed, natural confidence.

    I also think she is obese, and unhealthy, and needs to lose weight because carrying that much extra weight will have an adverse effect on her health if it does not already.

    But I can think that Victoria Beckham looks great even when she is clearly too thin, and risking her health – and I can admire Beth Ditto for making an unexpected choice work for her.

    When I have loved my body and been happy, I have been healthier. When I am down on myself, my health suffers. Attitude is immensely important in health as well as body size, and not just mental health.

  32. Moi March 10, 2009 at 18:17 #

    I was kinda afraid because of what I read in the Chanel post but actually I think it looks very good!

  33. Raquel March 10, 2009 at 18:56 #

    Honestly, I love the color on her and it doesn’t look really bad when she is facing the camera, but I saw profile pictures of her in the dress, and they were very unflattering.

    IMO what this shows is that big/fat/larger/plus size/whatever people should wear clothes that are more fitted to their bodies than loose bag outfits that just make them shapeless.

    I think Beth has some interesting fashion style and she is never boring.

    As far as unhealthy goes… well, clearly, being obese is a problem and the fast spreading disease in the world, so I wish Beth would stop saying it’s ok being obese, because it’s not.

    But it’s not healthy either to be an unnatural size zero like so many stars that hit the red carpet and could benefit from a couple of sandwiches daily – hello Posh.

  34. Fashion Critic March 10, 2009 at 19:03 #

    Rebecca, in answer to your question, I just felt too exposed.

    Although it pulls everything in, all I kept thinking was, “everyone can see my bootie”.

    That is why I admire Beth so much.

  35. Olga March 10, 2009 at 19:03 #

    this is a website about clothes and fashion, not about health… She’s not promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, so i don’t see the problem. people are free to live as unhealthy as they want, she doesn’t really cause any damage to others does she? I think she looks amazing in it, as it slims her down. and I totally admire her selfconfidence.

  36. Mary March 10, 2009 at 20:15 #

    I agree with you 100%
    She has enough confidence and works the dress well.
    I have Herve Leger dress as well and lets just say I could not keep my hands to the side. I had to play with my hair or touch my face so that my arms were in front of me or I would hold onto my boyfriends arm so he kind of covered me

  37. eclair March 11, 2009 at 04:53 #

    I think Laura’s comment really hit the nail on the head. Beth may not be the archetype of a healthy body image, but neither is a single runway model (with the possible exception of Gisele, but she gets paid millions of dollars a year for the rarity of her genes!). We can still appreciate their style however, without saying ‘she looks disgusting, how dare she expose so much of such a non-ideal shape!’. VB has been best dressed on this site many times – and deservedly so – despite the fact that her weight has at times been at just as unhealthy an extreme as Beth’s.

  38. Anonymous March 11, 2009 at 07:35 #

    I agree that she looked really nice in this dress. It did flatter her and make her look a lot slimmer than she usually looks. But I am wondering why you thought she looked good, when on this very same site it was said that Kim Kardisian was “Ruining” Herve dresses… Seems just slightly hypocritical .

  39. Fashion Critic March 11, 2009 at 08:32 #

    Why is it whenever someone attacks my comments they stick on the Anonymous option?

    I find it funny that you are comparing Kim Kardashian and Betty Ditto. In fact I find it hilarious.

    If you look at the way Kim was wearing Herve Leger dresses back then, you will see that she looked like a cheap hooker or a Vide-Ho.

    It was all about showing off her butt. Kim was wearing HL at a time when classy ladies like Catherine Zeta Jones, Sophia Bush, Keira Knightley, and Emily Blunt – when she collected her Golden Globe Award, were wearing the brand.

    Beth is wearing the dress like any other tight dress she has worn in the past, without fear.

    She is not sticking her butt to the camera, so the difference is CLASS.

    Kim DID ruin the brand as its only now worn by people like Heidi Montag and other fame whores.

    I really don’t appreciate the “hypocritical” comments

    Can’t you express an opinion without attacking? ¬¬

  40. Tammy March 14, 2009 at 07:14 #

    For the record, Beyonce looks horrendous in that dress. And if you think otherwise, you are obviously lying or trying to scrape together reasons to attack the commentary.

    And IMO, FC commenting on those accentuated thunder hips is probably not a hit on Beyonce being overweight. In fact, I would have said the same thing. It’s a hit on the stylist for making beautiful curves look like disjointed body parts. No wonder Beyonce isn’t smiling in those pictures below.

    I also think Beth is quite fearless, but like many others, I’m not a fan of her in this particular dress cut.

    I also want to say that most people don’t know anything about others; so haters, please do us all a favor and stop judging others for their body type–whether you are calling them too thin or too fat.

    For the record, Raquel–being a size zero doesn’t make a woman “unnatural”–nor does this mean that a she is purging or an anorexic. But thanks for your ignorant post.
    You are now no better than the fashion industry calling size 8 women “fat”.

  41. whitestroke March 15, 2009 at 22:51 #

    I think she looks bad. For me, this is not even a weight issue, as much as it is about a person wearing something that doesn’t look nice on her. I think a lot of really thin celebs look bad in some dresses, too. She feels good about herself, that’s fine. But she doesn’t have to wear stuff that don’t flatter her figure just to show it.

    What I find even more interesting about this is – how come she found a Herve Leger in her size? LOL When I think of designer stuff I always think I should lose like 20 pounds just so I could fit in their smallest size, and I’m not even fat.

  42. Laura June 3, 2009 at 10:43 #

    Being unhappy with yourself isn’t always a bad thing–it can be a sign that you are doing something wrong and need to change. An obese person who recognizes that he/she has a problem is being realistic, not self-hating. Someone who is severely overweight but who insists they are just “healthy” or “curvy” is in just as much denial as an anorexic who is convinced she is fat.

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