Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has said that body shaming in the media should be made illegal.
In an interview with ES Magazine, the ex-Girls Aloud singer, formerly known as Cheryl Cole, criticised the media’s obsession with her weight. “Body shaming has to stop,” she said. “Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.”
The singer, who is also working as a judge on this year’s series of The X Factor, also said that constant stories about the weight of female celebrities could have a damaging effect on young fans. She added: “I can take whatever they [the press] throw at me after 13 years, what worries me is what it’s doing to the younger generation. And some of the people writing this stuff are women. There is no sisterhood.
“I am very happy and very healthy. Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently. I was a ballerina from a child, so I have really good muscle memory. When I work out, I can look like a tennis player. If I don’t, I look different.”
Earlier this year, Fernandez-Versini criticised the music industry for over-sexualising women. “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‘,” she said.
The singer added: “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.”