Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: ‘You shouldn’t have to sexualise yourself to sell music’

Singer also says the music industry is too male dominated

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has slammed the music industry for “over-sexualising” female artists.

The ex-Girls Aloud singer formerly known as Cheryl Cole, blamed a male dominated industry for marketing such an image.

She told The Sunday Telegraph‘s Stella magazine: “The music industry is dominated by men behind the scenes. And older men, too.

“I mean, sexy and all that is great to an extent, but you shouldn’t have to sexualise yourself to be selling music.”

The X Factor judge said that she did not judge women who claim to be empowering themselves by wearing very little, but added that there is “a way to do it”.

She added: “Girls Aloud wore some short skirts and some outfits that were quite sexy, but we were singing ‘I’m just a love machine’ and ‘Something kinda ooh, jumping on my tutu’.

“It was fun, it was quirky, it wasn’t trying to be sexual. I would never do something I didn’t want to do, or get told that’s the ‘lane’ to be in at the moment. The lane.

“Everyone is competing in the same lane. Fuck off, I’d rather be in my own lane.”

Fernandez-Versini recently stated that the Labour party’s proposed ‘mansion tax’ would “fuck her over”.

Labour leader Ed Miliband recently proposed the policy, which would mean that owners of properties worth more than £2 million would face an annual charge.

She said it would put her off voting Labour, as she previously has for her whole life.

The singer said: “I’ve always been Labour all my life but I want to hear what they’ve got to say for myself. Now that I’m a mature woman.”

“I feel like a greater responsibility now to vote for who runs our country. And I pay a fucking lot of tax. So I think that I need to have a really well-informed, well-educated opinion.”

She continued to state that she would “listen” to other parties but would “not really” vote for the Conservatives or David Cameron.