Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Earlier this week Little Mix embarked on their Get Weird Tour in the UK and their wardrobe have caused some sort of controversy questioning their worth as good role models for their fans.
When I first saw the photos from the first performance in Cardiff my mind didn’t immediately scream “OH THE HORROR, THEY’RE IN LEOTRADS PUT THE LIMBS AWAY” I thought that they looked incredibly beautiful and let’s be honest they are simply killing it. They aren’t the teens we first saw on the X Factor these are women in their twenties (Leigh-Anne 24, Jesy 24, Jade 23 and Perrie 22) and embracing that. These four girls have had their fair share of negative comments about how they look and to see them owning their bodies and sticking two fingers up at that is admirable.
Little Mix spoke to The Mirror stating ‘We wear what we feel comfortable in. We’re not overly sexy in what we do anyway. We go for sexy/cute. We’d never want to be scandalous. I think we’ve got the right kind of balance. Some of us are 24. We aren’t going to be able to wear stuff like this for the rest of our life, and parade around in little dresses and stuff, but at the same time, we are just girls.’
'The way I see it, when I see Leigh-Anne in a bikini on holiday, I don’t think: "Oh God, Leigh-Anne, put it away." I look at her and think "Yes girl, you’ve got one of the most insane figures I’ve ever seen. You f***ing rock that on the beach, because I would." Girls should be like that. I never used to want to get my figure out, but now I’m like: "Yes, here it is."'
'We need to encourage each other and if you don’t want to have your body out then you don’t have to.’
These outfits are totally justified for what the girls are doing considering their performances under a vast amount of hot lights, the amount of people in the venue and their rigorous dance routines. I mean we've all seen their Brits performance, it was knee pads galore. They work their butts off and obviously need to remain cool on stage.
To me Little Mix are brilliant role models and all round empowering and extremely talented women. It makes me sad and frustrated that their talent is being overlooked by a piece of fabric on their skin. Is Justin Beiber or any male criticised for crotch grabs or shirtless performances? No, it’s almost encouraged. It’s further evidence to the double standards and issues women face.
It’s widely said by many celebrities that they never signed up to be role models, however it is part of the package in which the girls have recognised and taken in their stride. They stand for girl power and fight for it so yes, their role model status is well earned and should never be based on their clothing choices.