The then-Gossip frontwoman and self-described “fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas” bared her body for the British fashion magazine’s very first issue — which was shot in 2008 but released in early 2009 — sporting nothing but a strategically placed pink pouf.
Ten years ago, to the very month, LOVE last interviewed @bethditto. She graced the front of our inaugural cover, photographed by @mertalas and @macpiggott, naked with tomato coloured hair and wearing nothing, bar a few cover lines.. A LOT has changed in the past ten years. Film and graphics by @suburbia_agency Fashion Editor @kegrand Make up @ctilburymakeup Hair @yannickdis.
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A decade later, the singer, who released her first full-length solo album last year and has a role in the new film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, is back in the buff. Ditto is one of many stars — including Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner — helping the magazine mark its big anniversary with a handful of eye-catching covers.
Tim Walker photographed the 37-year-old star for the magazine’s 10th anniversary issue. Though Ditto has her own plus-size clothing line, she’s wearing nothing but a pearl necklace, lemon-yellow negligee, and intense aqua eye shadow in the latest shoot. (Oh, and those pencil-thin brows? Rihanna might actually be onto something.)
Ten years later, @bethditto is back, photographed by @timwalker. “Everything has changed so much.. I got married, I got divorced, gay marriage was legalised. We had a black president: now we have Donald Trump and Brexit. God. So many things have happened. In the world right now, if you have a heart, it’s difficult.” ISSUE 20 ON SALE TODAY #happytenthbirthdaylove Fashion Editor @kegrand Make up @lucyjbridge
Hair @hairdresserontour Casting @itboygregk Interview @harriet.verney
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While she’s still up for a revealing photo shoot, Ditto told the magazine that a lot has happened in the 10 years since she last bared all for it.
“Everything has changed so much,” she said. “I got married, I got divorced, gay marriage was legalized. We had a black president: now we have Donald Trump and Brexit. God. So many things have happened. In the world right now, if you have a heart, it’s difficult.”
The cover, out now, is already winning rave reviews for its bold look and celebration of body positivity.
“This cover is everything I ever wanted and needed,” one fan gushed.
“My queen,” raved another reader.
“So excited for this!!” commented influencer and Premme plus-size fashion brand co-founder Nicolette Mason. “I still have the very first issue. Can’t believe it’s been 10 years.”
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