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Mis-Teeq told they'd fail because they're black

SUCCESS: Mis-Teeq

ALESHA DIXON’S career has gone from strength to strength since her start in the successful UK girl group Mis-Teeq - but the star admits that things for the band were challenging at the start as they faced racial discrimination from music executives.

The BGT host said in a recent interview that she and her Mis-Teeq bandmates were told they would fail by industry bosses because they were black.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: "I was thinking about something a record company executive said to me once, which was that black girls won't sell records in the UK.

"When Mis-Teeq came on the scene we were very conscious of the fact we were a black girl group from the UK and there weren't really many others who looked like us."


PICTURED: Alesha Dixon

The 40-year-old star revealed that even her own father was against her pursuing a career as a singer.

"Telling your parents you want to be in a girl group sounds ludicrous, and I can understand why any parent would be nervous about that,” she said.

"But he was more worried because we were women of colour. He felt like that was a reason we shouldn't pursue it because it might go against us.

"Actually that fuelled us to make us want to work even harder, to say, 'No, we won't be identified by that.”

This isn’t the first time DIxon has opened up about the discrimination Mis-Teeq faced. Earlier this year, The mother-of-one revealed a magazine publisher refused to give them a cover, claiming the band 'wouldn't sell' magazines because of their ethnicity.

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