Songstress Leigh-Anne Pinnock is getting real! During a recent interview on “Keep Reading and Carry On” the Little Mix member shared the name of a book that changed her life and why. While dishing on Rene Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Leigh-Anne revealed that during the early days in the girl band — which started on TV competition series The X Factor back in 2011 — she felt “invisible” because of her race.
“The book inspired me because in the past where I have felt invisible, overlooked, especially being the darkest member of the band that I’m in, Little Mix,” she explained to the show’s hosts. “I think I was going through some things and I was struggling a little bit and not really understanding why I felt the way I did. Then I read this book and it really, really helped me.”
As fans know, this isn’t the first time the 28-year-old has gotten candid about how race effects her life. In April, The Sun announced that the “Wings” singer would front a BBC documentary about racism.
“Leigh-Anne has been vocal about racism in society and BBC Three wanted to get her on board to see if she would speak with them about it,” an insider told the newspaper about her upcoming project. “The documentary will be opening the eyes of those who may not have been aware of issues like colorism, the prejudicial treatment of people of the same race based on the color of their skin.”
The insider continued, “This show isn’t about Leigh-Anne’s personal experience. It’s more a deep dive into the issues and will see her exploring the effect and impact they have on society as a whole.”
Previously, Leigh-Anne’s bandmate Jesy Nelson opened up about her past experiences with online bullying in a BBC documentary called Odd One Out. She won a National Television Award in January for the project.
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