Little Mix Talk Feminism, Sexism In The Music Industry And Fighting For LGBTQ+ Rights
Little Mix are under constant fire for their choice of stage outfits, but now the four vocalists are hitting back in a new interview with Attitude magazine.
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall are fronting individual covers for the publication’s latest issue as they talk about everything from being feminists to sexism within the music industry.
“Being a feminist doesn't mean you have to wear a polo-neck jumper and a pair of trousers. Anyone can be feminist. Feminism is just believing in equality,” Jade Thirlwall told the magazine.
Jesy picked up the conversation by adding that they want to encourage women to feel confident within themselves.
“You should be able to be whatever kind of woman you want to be. You should be able to wear what you bloody want to wear and rock it with confidence,” she said. “As long as you feel good about yourself, that’s all that matters. It just annoys me. We’ll wear a leotard and they’re like [pulls a face].”
Jesy went on to add: “But I’m thinking: “Do you say that to the people at the Olympics: that they’re too provocative? No, you don’t, but because we’re dancing, ‘Oh, you’re too sexy!’”
Touching on sexism that the girls face within the music industry, Perrie said: “When women have a voice, some people think that opinion is invalid.”
And Jade, who serves as an LGBTQ+ rights ambassador for Stonewall (her drag themed birthday party raised thousands and tbh, looked lit af), went on to say how important the bands LGBTQ+ fans are to them.
“The majority of our friends, especially in London, are LGBT+. I didn’t want to be that person who was like, ‘I love going to gay bars and I have a gay friend.’ I actually wanted to back that up as an ally,” she said.
“I wanted to educate myself and learn how to combat homophobia, or know what to say when our LGBT+ fans message or send tweets: 'I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to come out to my parents.”
"We have so many LGBT+ fans. If we’re going to benefit from them as a fan base, the least we can do is give them something back. It’s really important to us." Jade finished up with.
Now we're counting down the days until LM5 drops. We want more bops, please and thanks.