It’s definitely hard being propelled into the spotlight at a young age, just take it from the Little Mix ladies. Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson just got real about the pressures of fame and the impact it had on their body insecurities. Some of them even admitted that they almost got plastic surgery because of all the scrutiny they received.
“Being in a girl band, the first thing I did was compare myself to the other girls,” Leigh-Anne told Cosmopolitan during a recent interview. “Jade and I wanted nose jobs. I can’t believe I thought like that. I love my nose. I think it’s age as well — you just have to learn to love yourself more.”
As for Jade, she revealed that she also considered getting surgery to increase the size of her breasts.
“I [always] felt like a boy next to everyone [else]. I didn’t have a very womanly shape and I’ve got no [breasts]. I’ve kind of grown into myself a little bit now but I used to want a boob job,” the “Shout Out to My Ex” songstress said. “I [felt] that I wasn’t sexy enough in the band. I still have that complex now when I go on dates. I think, ‘Am I woman enough for someone?’ which is silly.”
“When we were younger we were so confident. Then when we got flung into the industry we began to get self-conscious and started criticizing ourselves because other people were doing it,” Perrie recalled. “Every time I got papped, my teeth would look buckled at the front. I hated them. I got braces. [Now] I’m just more confident… We’ve come out of the other side and we’re like, ‘Who gives a s**t what other people think?’”
But according to Jesy, the girls are much more comfortable in their skin now. She explained, “Honestly, I didn’t like one thing about myself. I will never lie and say I absolutely love myself now. There are still things I’m working on. [But] I am 100% better than I was before.”
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