The curvy Gossip star, who launched her own plus-size fashion range at this year's (16) London Fashion Week, looked up to Miss Piggy ever since she was a little girl growing up in Arkansas.

"She was a role model for me as a little girl, but I think I was just looking for someone who looked like me," she told Britain's Marie Claire magazine.

The outspoken 34-year-old singer-songwriter, who releases solo material later this year, believes the buxom Muppets diva is a powerful fashion symbol for plus-size women.

Created in New York her 'unapologetic' new clothing line is made ethically in the USA and comprises eleven colourful retro-print statement pieces in sizes 18 to 32, inspired by Beth's love of vintage shopping.

"I wanted to make something for bigger people, by big people. I don't like the word curvy, but I don't mind the term plus-size. Although to be honest, I just prefer the word fat," she said.

The self proclaimed 'fat feminist lesbian' rocker is known for her bleach-dyed hair and bold looks that break the mold.

In 2009 Beth worked with British plus-size fashion brand Evans on her first collection but she was left dismayed when they rejected her idea to put Miss Piggy on a kid's T-shirt.

The collection, which is available online, features geometric prints on silk and rayon jumpsuits, sculptural dresses and skirts, as well as hand-embroidered vintage denim jackets, which Ditto says, "represent a commitment to quality and craft rarely seen in plus-size fashion."

"I wanted to make pieces to last years. Beyond trends, beyond chain stores. I wanted to create something all its own, something just for us, made with love and consideration," she said.