It’s sad but true: it’s 2018 but women are still being judged for how they look. Some people think it’s perfectly OK to comment on the clothes we choose – whether they’re too sexy, or not sexy enough.
And that tired old idea that you can’t be a feminist if you dress provocatively Just. Won’t. Go. Away.
Step up Little Mix, scoring a win for the sisterhood by hitting back at all the criticism they get for dressing how they want to dress, in their trademark sassy way. In an interview with Attitude magazine – accompanied by a totally fierce shoot – Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards shut down the haters and broke the whole argument down into what’s really important: equality.
Jade said: “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.” YES, Jade. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Jesy added: “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. 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. 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!’” Cue cheers from GLAMOUR HQ.
Perrie also called out sexism in the music industry, saying: “When women have a voice, some people think that opinion is invalid.”
We are so here for the girls’ empowering comments. Feminism means choosing whatever works for you, whether that involves showing skin or not. Thanks Little Mix for shouting this message loud and proud. Now we’re off to listen to Joan Of Arc on repeat…