Leigh-Anne Pinnock doesn’t care about "negative comments" people make about Little Mix’s skimpy outfits.
The ‘Touch’ hitmakers – also comprised of Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall – have been subjected to criticism about their raunchy fashion sense, most notably when Spice Girls star Mel C advised them to tone it down, but the 25-year-old beauty says they ignore anyone who labels their outfits "provocative", and insists they wear leotards because they are easier to dance in and it’s what they feel "confident" in.
In an interview with Wonderland magazine, she explained: "I think with us, we love to just wear what we want to wear. When we feel comfortable on stage, we’re not really interested in the negative comments that people are saying about them being provocative.
"I don’t even think they’re that provocative if I’m honest! Beyonce and Lady Gaga were all wearing leotards on-stage and if I’m honest, it’s actually quite easy to move in so that’s probably why we choose them, because we do so much dancing and choreography!
"We are all so body confident now and that has taken a lot of time to build and the fact that we are, I think that’s an amazing thing and we want to encourage our fans and everyone to be exactly the same way – wear what you want and be comfortable in it and sod what everyone else thinks!"
In Mel’s original comments, she urged the girls to return to their roots, instead of opting for their new racier image.
She said: "I love Little Mix. I loved them from ‘The X Factor’. I just thought they were so different.
"But they are getting more provocative. To me, they were kind of the closest thing to the Spice Girls we’ve seen.
"They are all gorgeous and great singers. But they weren’t sexy and it’s got more and more that way. I love them – but I just say, ‘Stay you’."