Wow, I have to say Alesha Dixon is looking pretty smokin (love those silver heels), and so she should, as she appears on this months issue of Cosmo magazine. Alisha’s career has been going from strength to strength with all kinds of TV work, avon and more. But even with all that success you can never truly run away from that fact that you are a black woman and no matter what, there will be racism despite all your achievements. Here’s what really goes on behind the scenes of the entertainment industry straight from Alesha.
Sadly, I’ve learnt that prejudice still exists in parts of the entertainment industry.
I did an interview with a magazine once and the journalist quite openly said they wouldn’t put a black person on the front cover because the magazine wouldn’t sell.
It made me angry because it shouldn’t be about the colour of the person’s skin, it should be about the person.
She then went on to talk about the number of black women who were seen on primetime television:
There still aren’t many black women on prime-time TV… Times are changing, but it’s interesting we’re in 2013 and still experiencing this.
Hopefully in the next 100 years things will balance even more. Britain is an amazing multicultural place to live in, and that should be celebrated and represented.
When I joined the Strictly Come Dancing panel in 2009, the controller of the BBC came into my dressing room and said they were proud to have a woman of colour on their panel. It was so nice that they acknowledged it.
There were very few British black women on TV or in music when I was a teenager; when you’re growing up you need someone you can identify with.
I remember at Christmas being bought a doll that didn’t look anything like me so I threw it away. When I saw Neneh Cherry singing on TV, I was so glad that there was someone of the same ethnicity – and with the same curly hair – for me to look up to.
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