Last week, Calvin Klein released their new #MyCalvins underwear campaign, starring Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Diplo, Odell Beckham, Jr. (WHO LOOKED FIIIIIIIIIIIIINE), Matthew Noszka, and the always iconic Beth Ditto, read about the design, made from featherlight, comfort stretch fabric, the patent-pending Classic brief delivers seamless support so it’s comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.
PAPER magazine‘s Mickey Boardman caught up with Ditto on her tour bus and talked to her about starring in the legendary ad campaign, body positivity, and her childhood role models.
What did you think when they first reached out to you for this campaign?
My first thought was probably something like, “Are you sure?” Followed by my excitement and then by doubt. I was so sure it would fall through! I am very superstitious. I do not count my chickens before they hatch — not even AFTER they hatch! So, I held my breath. Even after the shoot I was just sure they would change their minds!
Did you ever have any larger sized role models growing up?
My fat (by the way: f-a-t, only 3 letters, not four. It is not offensive so please do not be afraid to use it!) role models were few. But they were there.
Starting first with my earliest role model, Miss Piggy. So ahead of her time. Of course Mama Cass, Big Mama Thornton, Deborah Lyall of Romeo Void, Griselda, Allison Moyet, Divine. The list goes on. It’s funny because I feel society thinks fat people in the public eye is this new concept, but really, we were always there. Just not necessarily participating where we could be seen choosing nonconformity. I think the point of body positivity is lost on people within the scene as well as outside. It’s not always about being a fame machine. Though that’s okay, too! Work it y’all! To me it’s about ending the search for outside validation.
What do you consider your sexiest feature?
[laughs] My sexiest feature? My skin? I think. I am always told how good my skin feels. Even by masseuses. I shave my legs every single day. I moisturize like a maniac. Buffalo Bill would’ve picked me. That’s how soft my skin is.
Read the whole interview here. (Photos via Calvin Klein and Avalon)