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Punk queen Siouxsie blasts Barbie' culture

PUBLISHED: 17:29 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

PUNK rock queen Siouxsie Sioux has lamented the loss of creativity amongst young women who are under pressure to look like Barbie . The eternally reinventing Banshee, who was born in Chislehurst, made the claims in a national newspaper, adding it was

PUNK rock queen Siouxsie Sioux has lamented the loss of creativity amongst young women who are under pressure to "look like Barbie".

The eternally reinventing Banshee, who was born in Chislehurst, made the claims in a national newspaper, adding it was "as though punk had never happened".

A founding member of the so-called Bromley Contingent, devotees of the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie is credited with being one of the most influential singers of the punk rock era.

She told reporters: "The punk ethos was to have an open mind. It was very creative and industrious.

"Now it's all labels and consumerism. I think it's harder for women now than it was 30 years ago. When you look at the pressures on women to never age and always look physically perfect, and in a very traditional, Barbie, male-oriented way, you'd think that punk never happened. Punk was very empowering for women. And now it's all gone back to finding a rich footballer."

Asked if there were any young female role models left, she added: "Well, there's Lily Allen or Amy Winehouse. It's just sad that Amy's career has gone the way it has with the - yawn - drugs. That the focus should be on that is just tragic. I don't take much notice of it all to be honest. I'm too busy sorting my own life out."

She also swore that she and the Banshees would never reform and said she was pleased to be doing solo material.

On Monday, the former Mottingham Secondary Modern pupil, who has collaborated with Morrissey and Basement

Jaxx, released a DVD - Siouxsie Sioux Finale - the Last Mantaray and More Show, filmed at Camden's KOKO club during last year's tour.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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