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23 September 2019, 14:08
When Leigh-Anne Pinnock's not singing power anthems on stage, she's speaking out for what she believes is right.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock knows what's up. She's helped speak out about a series of important issues, including confidence, racism and diversity.
We've found a few of our favourite moments the Little Mix star defended what she believed is right, proving that she is a certified G-O, double D, E-S-S-S.
Earlier this year, the 'Woman Like Me' singer joined Lorraine to discuss how she dealt with trolls, who hurled abuse towards her.
"I feel like, me personally, I'm in a much better place now," said Leigh-Anne after she chose to accept her own advice by ignoring the hateful messages she'd received. "I'm so proud of who I am."
Leigh went on to thank her Little Mix bandmates for the support, similarly to how Jesy Nelson praised the band following her documentary, Odd One Out.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock opened up to Rollacoaster magazine, revealing how it took her so long to feel completely comfortable in her own skin.
Continuing, the 27-year-old said "Sadly we live in society that is inbuilt with racism and I just hope that by speaking up on my personal experience, I can help raise some awareness on this f**ked up situation.
"I really did feel invisible and replaceable for a considerable amount of time within the band," she continued, speaking about the racist remarks she'd faced.
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This beautiful girl gets the opportunity to model for a massive brand and her picture is circulating all over the net because her edges were not slicked down. Social media can be so cruel, we must not forget we have a child involved who was probably over the moon that she got casted for the campaign and parents who are exposing their daughter to something amazing. Her hair is beautiful as it is and naturally styled, we need to lead by example and teach young black girls to love the hair they were born with and to understand how beautiful that is...styled, unstyled and natural. Congratulations to this angel, I cannot wait to see her beaming smile on more campaigns in the future ♥️
Recently, Leigh-Anne shared an important message to her 4.9 million Instagram followers, defending a young model who faced criticism over her hair style.
"Her hair is beautiful as it is and naturally styled, we need to lead by example and teach young black girls to love the hair they were born with and to understand how beautiful that is...styled, unstyled and natural," wrote Leigh.
She finished by congratulating the girl, and sharing her excitement with the future of her modelling career.
Taking to Instagram, Leigh-Anne wrote about her journey of loving her own skin, and being able to accept herself.
In the emotional post, she wrote about how she would often try to change things about herself to feel accepted, but now she's learned that "it's enough to just be [her] and [Leigh-Anne's] so incredibly proud of this skin [she's] in."
Her fellow bandmates, such as Jade Thirlwall, liked the post, supporting their friend.
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I used to feel invisible, I used to feel like I had to work twice as hard, in fact I got told I had to work twice as hard. I spent far too long trying to change things about myself to feel accepted. It’s taken me years to finally understand. I suddenly don’t feel alone anymore. Now I know it’s enough to just be me and I’m so incredibly proud of this skin I’m in. 👸🏽
While it may be one of the most watched shows on television, Leigh-Anne Pinnock had some choice things to say about Love Island - mainly aimed at its lack of diversity.
Last year, Leigh wrote on Twitter "How many weeks in and we are yet to see hardly any diversity in Love Island I’m tuning off!", using the hashtags #disappointed and #diversity, to Little Mix's 11.8 million followers.