We chat to Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock about her style, her lifestyle blog and Jamaica.
Little Mix are a band that need no introduction. As the most popular girl group of the decade, they’ve had sold-out headlines shows across the globe, clocked up a handful of top 10 singles and amassed a fan-base of thousands of loyal guys and girls who would quite literally worship the ground upon which they perform their perfectly synchronised dance routines. With accolades and awards lining their shelves and their position at the forefront of pop music, Little Mix are a force to be reckoned with. Don’t forget that they’ve also made their mark as Wonderland cover stars.
With a wardrobe that includes perfect pink Moschino tees or beautiful Balmain ensembles, it’s no wonder that Leigh-Anne Pinnock is Little Mix’s go-to girl for style advice. With that in mind, we sat down with Leigh-Anne to talk about the thought process behind her styling, the importance of body confidence, her lifestyle blog and her recent trip to her home-from-home, Jamaica.
Firstly, how would you describe your style?
I love wearing whatever I feel comfortable in, I love trying new things, I don’t really like to label it! I would say I love to follow trends but I also like to try and create my own trends and try things that I wouldn’t normally see myself in.
So you love to experiment with your style?
Yeah, 100%! I don’t really like to follow the crowd.
Have you always been interested in style and fashion?
I have actually always been into it, ever since I was younger. I’ve definitely always been interested in it, and as I’ve got older the passion has just got bigger and now I really want to focus on it!
Who are your favourite brands and designers and why?
One of my favourite designers would be Louis Vuitton. I’ve basically got everything! I love Chanel, Chanel bags are just absolutely everything. I’d say I’m really into Acne. Who else am I into? Balmain! That’s like one of my favourites! I’ve got the most amazing stylists and we always work together to create our own sort of looks and trends – they’re amazing.
I can imagine it’s important to work with stylists that share your vision & desired aesthetic.
100%. I think these are probably the best stylists that we’ve ever worked with. Not just me but as a group as well, each and every one of us. It’s good to work with people that have that same passion and want to create things.
Obviously, we think that Little Mix look amazing on stage, but sometimes critics have said your outfits are too provocative, I was just wondering what your opinions were on this and how you deal with style criticism?
I think with us, we love to just wear what we want to wear. When we feel comfortable on stage, we’re not really interested in the negative comments that people are saying about them being provocative. I don’t even think they’re that provocative if I’m honest! Beyonce and Lady Gaga were all wearing a leotards on-stage and if I’m honest, it’s actually quite easy to move in so that’s probably why we choose them, because we do so much dancing and choreography! We are all so body confident now and that has taken a lot of time to build and the fact that we are, I think that’s an amazing thing and we want to encourage our fans and everyone to be exactly the same way – wear what you want and be comfortable in it and sod what everyone else thinks!
Definitely! I think that’s the best attitude to have really! We saw that you recently went to Jamaica. Tell us about that trip!
Jamaica is like my second home, it’s probably the only place in the world where I feel like I’m at home other than England and my grandad and most of my family live there. I’ve been going there since I was three years old, so like 20 years I’ve been going! It’s one of my favourite places ever. The food I absolutely love! Caribbean food is one of my favourite cuisines. I love the music, just everything. It’s got the best vibe, Jamaica! Have you ever been?
Sadly not, should we add it onto our travel list?
You have to go! It’s just absolutely amazing. Maybe I’m biased because I am quarter Jamaican but I absolutely love it! I think one of the best things on the trip that we did, Negril is like the longest beach in Jamaica and it’s got this place called Rick’s Cafe and it’s like a cliff where you jump off. The highest peak of it is really high and people do backflips off it and handstands off it, it’s insane! Last time I went I didn’t get to do it, at the last minute I chickened out so I was like I’m going to do it! I got there to the top and I was like sod this! I couldn’t do it! Too high! But I did the baby one!
“When we feel comfortable on stage, we’re not really interested in the negative comments that people are saying”
You run your own blog – Leigh Loves – tell us a bit about why you wanted to set this up and what you’re hoping to achieve?
I think with my blog I just wanted have something where I could show all my fans what I’m really interested in and sort of who I am because obviously I’m so into fashion. It’s not even just fashion, it’s like a lifestyle blog, I talk about travelling because I love travelling. I wanted to do something that I could do on my own. It’s fun! It’s really hard though, it takes a lot of work!
How do you sort of manage to find the time to do it alongside your work with Little Mix?
It is really hard. I don’t really stop, I just kind of keep going! The girls are like ‘what are you doing, aren’t you tired?’ but I’m like ‘I need to do this kind of thing’ so I just have to try a fit it in.
In terms of outfits that you’ve worn as part of Little Mix, which has been your favourite?
There’s so many! I would probably say our performance looks have been amazing. We did a performance for The LOS Music Awards in Spain and it was like a yellow and black look. What I love is when it’s colour co-ordinated and we choose like a really bold colour! So yeah, I love our performance looks! In terms of my individual look, recently I did a really cool look on a night out with a Moschino pink t-shirt and these really cool metallic thigh-highs.
Finally, if you could give your fans one piece of style advice what would it be?
I would say, wear what you feel comfortable in and don’t follow the crowd, be who you want to be in your fashion and don’t listen to anyone else and any other negative comments. I think just do you and rock it with confidence because if you don’t have any confidence it’s not going to work!