Monday, March 13, 2006

Aretha Franklin-Natural Woman?

WHEN she sang about respect for the first time in 1967, Aretha Franklin was a svelte brunette. Forty years on, she is almost unrecognisable. In a blonde wig, spilling out of a low-cut gown, a much larger Queen of Soul appeared at a gala dinner in Washington on Friday. And Franklin couldn't be happier. For the first time, she says, the real Aretha is on stage -- a "big woman" who loves her food. She added "I definitely was never meant to be a model type walking down a runway” Well you’re certainly not that Aretha!….more like a jumbo jet taxiing on a runway!

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