Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power review – a frank therapy session with the Little Mix star

Singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock opens up about bigotry in the music business and feeling invisible because of the colour of her skin in this illuminating documentary

Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power (BBC One) is the second documentary fronted by a member of Little Mix. In 2019, the now ex-Little Mixer Jesy Nelson made Odd One Out, a confessional film about the caustic effects of social media on the mental health of famous young women. It was a precursor to a number of other documentaries on a similar theme that have followed. This is a more open and collaborative film, asking questions as much as it seeks to answer them.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock was made very famous, very quickly, very young, after Little Mix became the first girl group to win The X Factor, back when The X Factor still made stars. They are now the biggest girl band in the world, despite reducing their lineup to a threesome in December last year, and on Tuesday became the first all-female band to win best British group at the Brits. For their fans, many of whom are young women too, their appeal lies in their relatable image. They seem nice, funny and down to earth.

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