Little Mix fans praise Leigh-Anne Pinnock for documentary on racism

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Leigh-Anne Pinnock from Little Mix's documentary on racism in the music industry, Race, Pop and Power, aired last night, and social media has been flooded with praise.

In the one-part documentary, the 29-year-old discussed her own experiences of racism in the public eye, before meeting with other Black British female artists to look at what they've been through.

A particularly poignant part of the show saw Leigh-Anne discuss colourism, where darker-skinned people are seen to face more discrimination than those who are light skinned, with her partner Andre Gray. The footballer was called out on social media when past colourist tweets were unearthed.

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Little Mix fans and viewers alike took to social media to praise Leigh-Anne for having the hard conversation, and for being so open and honest about her experiences.

"Leigh Anne from Little Mix’s documentary is so important. I wish something like this was around when I was in school," one person wrote, while another put, "Leigh-Anne is so powerful and smart and strong, but also shows humility. I’m so blown away by the fact that she’s unwaveringly confident but can still acknowledge that she isn’t all-knowing or perfect in any way."

A third said, "Honestly I'm in awe of her. The world needs to change, her putting her self out there to talk so openly and vulnerably really made me think."

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All of the kudos for Leigh-Anne for continuing the conversation, with the hope people will now put their learnings into actions.

Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power is available in the BBC iPlayer.

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