Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock set to tackle racism in new documentary

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock announced on Instagram that she will be making a one-off documentary for BBC Three about her personal experiences with racism in the UK.

The program, titled Leigh-Anne: Colourism & Race will also look into wider issues of racism in the UK.

The 28-year-old singer from High Wycombe told the BBC that she wanted to use her fame as a “platform to bring this conversation to a wider audience.”

Last year, band mate Jesy Nelson, 29 received multiple awards for her BBC Three documentary ‘Odd One Out’.

Jesy released the documentary to raise awareness about mental health and the affects of online bullying.

Leigh-Anne has been a big advocate in fighting for the rights of the African-American community.

The Holiday singer, was spotted among the crowds during the Black Lives Matter protests and she also went to Instagram and posted a video talking about the racism she’s faced.

In the video, Leigh-Anne says: “Last year I decided to open up about being one of four girls in Little Mix and how my race has imprinted my experiences.

“From that interview, some people sympathised some said nothing, but the one thing I took from that experience was that the world didn’t care enough about race.

“Since then I have tried to use my platform to raise awareness on matters such as racism. At this moment I feel like for the first time in my life racism is the topic of conversation. We have the worlds attention.”

An emotional Leigh-Anne goes on to talk about the oppression of the African-American community and talk about her own experiences as a black woman in the music industry.

She says: “I learnt that the dream of being in the biggest girl band in the world came with its flaws and consequences.

“Consequences such as knowing about the existent underlying racism in the creative industries.”

Leigh-Anne is seen tearing up towards the end of the video as she discusses the loneliness, anxiety and pressure she feels having to work “ten times harder” in Little Mix because her talent “is not enough”.

She ends the video by saying: “Let’s all continue to speak up about racism and keep this movement going.”

No official details have been released about the documentary.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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