The Gossip in clothes range appeal

Beth Ditto wants to make designs for Topshop

The Gossip’s singer Beth Ditto is calling on Topshop bosses to let her design a clothes range.

The star made the appeal after her band were invited to perform a series of instore gigs for the high street store.

Despite several newspaper reports suggesting the singer was to design a range for the chain, she insists she hasn’t been asked and won’t be playing the store until she gets her own clothing line.

“Give me the job. I want to design, I want you to make clothes for big girls, big boys, I want you to make big sizes,” she said. “I don’t want just your money or the cred of hanging out with Kate Moss, which is fine, but it’s not want I want in life. I want more. I want what she gets.”

Despite being invited to perform for Topshop, Ditto added that she refused to play on principle.

She told BBC 6 Music: “I don’t think it’s fair to put my face somewhere where they would never let me in there to wear their clothes. I want the respect that Kate Moss gets. If they want our music they’ve got to actually do something to earn it. I can get money anywhere, I don’t need your money unless you’re going to do it my way.

Ditto added: “They don’t want to dress people that look like me, that have a normal body, a bigger body, whatever. I mean I don’t really know why they want The Gossip to do things for them, I don’t understand because if they saw me in the street they’d never give me the time of day. I like me, I think that other girls like me, they need people like me, people who feel really strongly and will say no.”