Great Britain

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock suggests Capital FM left her off ‘sexiest female’ list because of her skin colour


LITTLE Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock has suggested she was discriminated against by Capital FM because of her skin colour.

The star, 29, referred to the radio station’s yearly nominations for pop’s “sexiest female”.

Leigh-Anne said she felt left out while her bandmates made the shortlist.

She explained: “There was one time when a radio station, they were doing ‘sexiest female’. They’d do it every year and all the other girls had been nominated every single year except for me.

“And it got to maybe 2018 or something and I finally got nominated.” 

Leigh-Anne, who won the honour in 2018, said it left her wondering why she had not been nominated before.

She added: “It’s these little things that you look back on and you think, ‘There’s something not right here’.” 

Leigh-Anne — who is expecting her first child with Watford footballer Andre Gray, 29 — was speaking ahead of the release of her new one-off TV documentary that covers racism she has experienced.

The singer won The X Factor in 2011 with her Little Mix bandmates Jade Thirlwall, 28, Perrie Edwards, 27, and Jesy Nelson, 29, who has now left.

She said: “Racism is in every single industry. There needs to be more diversity in every workplace.”

Global-owned Capital FM declined to comment.

Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock shares behind-the-scenes glimpse at pregnancy photoshoot

Football news:

Argentina coach: Messi is tired, but continues to make a difference. It is difficult not to count on him
Van der Vaart is clearly visible in the photo where Iniesta scores the winning goal in the World Cup final. Koke about the criticism from the ex-player of the national team of the Netherlands
Gary Neville: Kane will break all England records. You can't just remove the captain from the squad after two matches
UEFA may prohibit the use of rainbow lighting at the Munich stadium during the Germany - Hungary match
Martinez about Eden Hazard at the start of Belgium: Now we must wait for his goal kick
De Bruyne on Belgium at the Euro: It will be different in the play-offs. I made a mistake-you're going home
Angelovski leaves the post of coach of North Macedonia. The national team lost all 3 matches at the Euro