In a recent interview with The Voice Loose Women star Jameila talks about the problems she has faced in the world of UK entertainment.
I’ve come against that [prejudice] on so many occasions. When I first signed my record deal, people said, ‘she’s never gonna sell because she’s dark-skinned. Only light-skinned women are gonna sell’. People said that no-one would ever see me as sexy and I’d never be on the front of any magazine – but I’ve been on the cover of every magazine I can think of.
“It came from industry people, radio people, magazine editors; I remember visiting a PR company and they were saying, ‘no one’s gonna want a black girl’. I constantly questioned, ‘why not?’ And to this day, I’m still like that. If there’s something I want to do, I’m going to find a way to do it. My feeling towards all of that is, ‘don’t get angry, don’t get offended, just prove them wrong.”
“I love being a representation of dark-skinned women in the commercial arena. My eldest daughter is dark-skinned and I think it’s very important for her and every other young, dark-skinned girl out there to see that I can do whatever I want to do.
“I was told so many times that I wouldn’t be able to do this or that because of my image and I love defying people’s opinions. I love being a rebel – that’s why I’m known as the rebel on Twitter! I love proving people wrong and when my daughter’s my age, I want her to not make any differentiations between a dark-skinned woman and a light-skinned woman, or a black woman and a white woman. I just want her to see herself as a strong woman who is capable of all things.”
‘When I first signed my record deal, people said, ‘she’s never gonna sell because she’s dark-skinned. Only light-skinned women are gonna sell’.’
It would not surprise me if the individuals who said the rubbish above were lost black British male executives, whose own skin tones ironically match the shade of an After Eight mint.
Believe it or not this happens.
As for loving ‘being a representation of dark-skinned women in the commercial arena‘ etc – Okay Jamelia lets not get too carried away here. Calm down. But congratulations on your success so far.
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