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Little Mix star opens up about her struggles in the industry

OPENING UP: Leigh-Anne Pinnock

LEIGH-ANNE Pinnock has gone from strength to strength as one of the members of British girl group Little Mix - but the star didn’t always feel confident in the spotlight.

In a recent interview, the 27-year-old said that she felt invisible in the early days of Little Mix because she couldn't find her place within the band.

"During the first couple of years of being in the band, I did feel invisible. I remember crying to my manager regularly, I just couldn't seem to find my place and didn't know why," she confessed to ASOS magazine. "I didn't feel like I had as many fans as the other girls. It was a strange feeling. I never thought that it was because I was the darkest member of the band. I felt overlooked. So I did everything to make myself more noticed, convinced I wasn't good enough."

She also recalled how she was told by Beyonce’s creative director Frank Gatson, said that she would have to work twice as hard as "the black girl" in the group.

The Barbadian and Jamaican songstress has started to accept herself more in the past year, as she has been educating herself with books on racism and prejudice, and has noticed a change in the way society talks about racism.

"Now I don't feel alone because I've seen lots of women speak out about this,' she explained. "I know there are girls of colour out there who have felt the same as me.

She credits books such as What a Time to Be Alone, The Slumflower's Guide by Chidera Eggerue and writing by Zimbabwean and English youtube Nia the Light for educating her on feeling confident in her own skin.

“We have a massive problem with racism which is built into our society. It's scary. But the more people that speak out, the more change we can start to make."

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