Hey there fashion lovers!
Today I’m talking about an issue which has only recently come to press about Charlotte Church. Earlier this week Charlotte Church spoke at the John Peel Radio Academy Radio Festival about sexism, sexualisation and the representation of women in the music industry. I agreed so much with her points that I’ve decided to write my post about it today. Take a look below at what Charlotte Church said and why I agree with it!
Charlotte Church has faced a lot of controversy and media attention within her time – being only 27 now. She’s a Welsh/ British singer and has been in the music industry since the tender age of 14. Recently Charlotte spoke out about the over-sexualisation of young female pop stars. Having been in the same position herself (at the age of 18-20) Charlotte obviously has her own experiences to relate to. She made a scathing attack at the music industry, saying that its depiction of women was ‘over-sexualised’ and ‘male-dominated’. In fact less than ten years ago, Charlotte faced her own pressures within the industry after being told to wear more ‘revealing’ outfits by male executives.
In my opinion, clothing and fashion itself should be left to the individual. You should always wear what you want and what you feel comfortable and confident in. No one should ever force you into wearing items you don’t want to wear – after all, fashion is a portrayal of yourself! The pressures of the industry left Charlotte wearing low cut tops, short skirts and tight clothing in order to ‘be successful’. In her own words Charlotte Church condemns the use of sexual imagery to boost the careers of young pop stars such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. She calls them “unattainable sexbots” – women which girls ‘look up to’ and aim to be like. However these images are neither realistic or achievable.
Charlotte Church’s speech has got me thinking. We’re all so quick to judge and make comments about the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj (the list goes on), but have we ever stopped to wonder if they themselves really want to do the stuff they do? Charlotte Church certainly didn’t agree nor did she like the type of clothing she wore during the peak of her career, but at the end of the day she agreed to it because of the pressure of this male dominated industry. I’m not saying it’s of no fault of the singer themselves, Charlotte agreed that she was also at fault – however there are things we can do about it instead of just criticising.
Charlotte ended her talk by asking a simple question. I’ve thought about it myself but I’d also be interested to hear your thoughts. “As Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, announces the new iPlayer channel for Radio 1 the question must be asked: should programmers take into consideration the image of an artist when deciding whether to play and promote their music?”
What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinions and views!