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Alexandra Burke: UK has a 'problem' with 'confident women'

SPEAKING UP: Alexandra Burke

ALEXANDRA BURKE has said there is a “massive problem” regarding the way “confident” women are portrayed in the media and received by the British public, according to the Huffington Post.

Last year, the X-Factor winner made it through to the Strictly Come Dancing final, but faced backlash from both the press and social media.

When she spoke out about the negative reports, a many defended her by saying the UK has a problem with confident women, which she has now addressed.

Speaking to the BBC, Burke said: "I find it bizarre, because women shouldn’t feel that if they come across as too confident it can be mistaken for arrogance. That’s a massive problem we have over here.”

“I got lost in a little bubble on ‘Strictly’. That minute and a half where I had no cares in the world. It was just a special moment for me to not do anything but dance and be carefree.

“And that, yes, has been mistaken for confidence, and there has to be an ounce of confidence for you to go on the stage and do something out of your comfort zone" she added. "But I was trying to prove something to myself.

“I wanted to learn Latin and ballroom because I’ve never done it before... if you get a challenge, why not try your best to execute it?”

She concluded: “It’s a shame that some people mistook that determination and that will to want to do well, which everyone should have in life by the way, for arrogance or anything other than what it was.

“And I’ve always been quite sad about how that came across with some people and what they would say on Twitter.”

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