Perrie Edwards and Little Mix Slam Body Shamers: “We Like to Eat Food and So Does Everybody Else”

Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Little Mix

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How can we become friends with the women of Little Mix?

Perrie Edwards and the rest of the all-girl group are the epitome of best friends, as they each have each other’s backs through thick and thin. Edwards most notably relied on her band mates following her called-off engagement from Zayn Malik, and now they’re all turning to each other to protect themselves from body shamers.

In an interview with Yahoo! U.K. Celebrity, the “Black Magic” singers talk about their experiences on The X Factor and how they wished those who criticize their bodies should leave everyone alone. “I love Cheryl [Fernandez-Versini], she’s incredible,” Perrie explains.

“She’s just wonderful to look at, isn’t she? Do y’know what I say to those bodyshamers? F–k off and leave my Chezza alone.”

Cheryl has opened up about the issues she has faced in the past, so when Yahoo! asked the young performers whether or not they have to deal with the same thing, they all say yes. Jesy Nelson elaborated the most on what they’ve had to deal with, as she faced harsh insults online following an appearance on the hit British show.

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“We just try to forget about any nasty comments really,” Jesy explains. “We like to eat food and so does everybody else, and if we put on weight we put on weight and if we lose weight we lose weight.”

And if Jesy didn’t say it perfectly enough already, she adds this final coup de grâce: “Everybody has this preconception that you’re supposed to be perfect looking but nobody is perfect.”

Cheryl posted a lengthy piece on Instagram a few weeks ago where she also called for a stop to body shaming after being consistently called “too skinny.” 

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“The other side of body shaming is skinny shaming,” she posted. “I think this happens just as much as shaming someone for being bigger. How often do you hear someone say, ‘give that girl a sandwich’ or ‘she needs a good feed.’ Everyone says they want the ‘perfect’ body and have so many body goals, but when a girl is just that bit too skinny in your eyes, she gets judged.”

Her post continued to blame the media for establishing these thoughts and hoped people found more goals to focus on than “body goals.”


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