‘I feel invisible and overlooked’: Leigh-Anne Pinnock claims she has to work 10 times harder to mark her place in Little Mix because she’s black and says her talent alone isn’t enough
Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has said she feels ‘invisible’ and ‘overlooked’ as a black woman in the band.
Speak against The observer, the 29-year-old claims that she ‘has to work 10 times harder and longer to mark her place in the band because her talent alone is not enough’.
She also described her fiancé Andre Gray as her ‘backbone’ when dealing with issues of racism.
‘I feel invisible and overlooked’: Leigh-Anne Pinnock claimed she has to work 10 times harder to mark her place in Little Mix because she’s a black woman (stock image)
Threesome: Leigh-Anne admitted that she always feels like the ‘least favorite’ of the girl group because of her race (pictured April 30)
She said, “Andre is my backbone. If I hadn’t had someone like that because of this experience, I don’t know what I would have done. We’ve always had great conversations about it [experiencing racism]from the moment we met. I love how pro Black he is. It’s inspiring to me. ‘
The singer also said there is only ‘so much’ she can take to be the ‘invisible’ or be overlooked by people.
She added: ‘There is only so much you can take to feel like you are the invisible, or that you are being overlooked. There had to come a point where I see this as my strength and now I do. It is. Being black is my strength. And I want young black girls around the world to see that. ‘
Power couple: Leigh-Anne described her fiancé Andre Gray as her ‘backbone’ having ‘great conversations’ about their experiences with racism
Leigh-Anne admits that she always feels like the ‘least favored’ of the girl group because of her race.
She shared: “I sing to fans who don’t see, hear, or cheer me on. My reality is that I feel anxious about fan events or book signings because I always feel like I’m the least favored. My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work 10 times harder and longer to mark my place in the group. ‘
She added that she didn’t feel like she could earn her place in the band with her talent alone.
Artist: She said being black is her super strength and she wants other colored girls around the world to see that
Leigh-Anne’s comments come after Little Mix admitted they hadn’t yet listened to bandmate Jesy Nelson’s new music when they started promotions as a trio for their new single.
The group said they ‘couldn’t force’ Jesy to stay when she decided to leave last year and admitted it had been ‘a shift’ to get to grips with performing without her.
During a guest appearance on Capital FM, Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne discussed how they have adapted to a trio since Jesy’s departure.
Jade said, ‘Yes. I think, you know, when someone’s heart is gone and they don’t want to do it, we’ll never … we’ll never force each other to do something we don’t want to do, and we supported that decision. ‘
And yes, it’s really strange doing this as a three, but we weren’t ready to give it up. Yes, so we support whatever Jesy’s decision is, and it really is. ‘
Roman Kemp then asked if they had listened to Jesy’s new music, after the singer revealed on social media that she was back in the studio.
Perrie added: ‘We haven’t! Not really! ‘
Support: Leigh-Anne admits she always feels like the ‘least favored’ of the girl group because of her race