Leigh Anne Breaks down talking about being the black member in Little Mix
With the Black Lives Matter movement in full swing, we are now realizing and hearing stories of how things and situations become so difficult in the name of the color of your skin. From an average everyday worker to the most glamorous stars of our day, stories we never thought we’d hear, are coming to life. So, amongst those who are calling their acquaintances and fellows on their racially discriminatory comments, is Little Mix‘s, Leigh Anne Pinnock. She is famous for her girl group alongside X-factor fellows, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, and Jesy Nelson. In a recent video on her Instagram, Leigh opens up about being the ‘black girl’ of her group.
Leigh Anne clears out that she is not making the video for publicity. She wants to bring to the light, how deeply rooted the discrimination is.
Leigh Anne says she was told to work ’10 times harder’ in Little Mix cause she is black.
Nine years ago, after joining Little Mix, I had the biggest awakening of my life. When we were filming Wings, we worked with Frank Gatson. He said to me, ‘You are the black girl, you have to work ten times harder.’
Leigh Anne goes on to justify that what Frank Gatson said, made sense to her after a while. She says that being a part of Little Mix has its flaws and consequences.
Never in my life had someone told me I would need to work harder because of my race. Later on, what Frank Gatson said made sense. I learned that being in the biggest girl band in the world came with its flaws and consequences.
The biggest push back for Leigh Anne though is that fans are not exactly appreciative of the ‘black girl’ of the group.
My reality was feeling lonely while touring predominantly white countries. I sing to fans who don’t see me or hear me or cheer me on. My reality is feeling anxious before fan events and signings because I always feel like I’m the least favoured. My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work ten times harder and longer to mark my case in the group, because my talent alone isn’t enough.
It broke our heart to watch her say all of this. But again, the important part is that Leigh Anne is one of those privileged African Americans who have a platform to be heard. Hopefully, things change soon.