Alexandra Burke: “I was told to bleach my skin.”

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke says she was once told to beach her skin to appeal to white audiences after winning the show in 2008. 

Afro and braids were frowned upon, and she was told these styles were not allowed despite it being a very large part of her culture and identity. She was 19, and the label wanted to package her as the black British version of Britney Spears. She was put to sing cheesy cookie cutter pop songs, that did not showcase her talent at all. She is now living in her truth and rightfully so.