Little Mix queen Leigh-Anne Pinnock is teaming up with BBC Three to front a one-off documentary about racism and colourism.
Titled Leigh-Anne: Colourism & Race, the documentary will see the artist discuss her personal experiences surrounding racism, whilst also examining the wider issue of race in the UK.
Earlier this year, Leigh-Anne took part in the Black Lives Matter protests and also shared an emotional video on Instagram where she opened up about her feelings and experiences. The BBC documentary will further explore her story and how “having lighter skin and being a celebrity means she is sometimes said to be in a more privileged position than others.”
Speaking about the documentary, Leigh-Anne said she wanted to use her fame as a “platform to bring this conversation to a wider audience” whilst also standing up for her black and brown community, something which she’s always been passionate about.
Leigh-Anne added: “Conversations surrounding racism and colourism are something I constantly have with my boyfriend and family.
“Systemic racism is complex; through making this documentary I want to learn how I can best lend my voice to the debate so that the young people who look up to me won’t have to face what me and my generation have had to.”
BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell commented: “By working with high profile talent like Leigh-Anne, and other important individuals she will meet through this process, we hope the honest conversations this film will feature will have the power to change attitudes, offer insight and help to prevent racism in our society.”
Leigh-Anne is the second member of Little Mix to front a BBC Three documentary, with Jesy Nelson releasing an inspiring report about online bullying last year. Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out garnered incredible praise, opened up conversations and even won a National Television Award for Factual Entertainment.
From her Instagram video alone, it’s impossible to deny Leigh-Anne’s passion for a subject which hits incredibly close to home for her. We have no doubt that her documentary will be educational, eye-opening and incredibly impactful on today’s society.