In her recent feature in Cosmopolitan magazine, singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon talks about the racism that still exists in the world of showbiz.

Whilst she is ironically the cover girl of popular publication Cosmo, Alesha notes that a journalist once told her that a magazine wouldn’t sell if a black person was on the front of it.


Talking about the anger she felt about the prejudice in showbiz, Alesha told Cosmo:

Sadly, I’ve learnt that prejudice still exists in parts of the entertainment industry.

I did an interview with a magazine once and the journalist quite openly said they wouldn’t put a black person on the front cover because the magazine wouldn’t sell.

It made me angry because it shouldn’t be about the colour of the person’s skin, it should be about the person.

She then went on to talk about the number of black women who were seen on primetime television:

There still aren’t many black women on prime-time TV… Times are changing, but it’s interesting we’re in 2013 and still experiencing firsts.

Hopefully in the next 100 years things will balance even more. Britain is an amazing multicultural place to live in, and that should be celebrated and represented.

When I joined the Strictly Come Dancing panel in 2009, the controller of the BBC came into my dressing room and said they were proud to have a woman of colour on their panel. It was so nice that they acknowledged it.

There were very few British black women on TV or in music when I was a teenager; when you’re growing up you need someone you can identify with.

I remember at Christmas being bought a doll that didn’t look anything like me so I threw it away. When I saw Neneh Cherry singing on TV, I was so glad that there was someone of the same ethnicity – and with the same curly hair – for me to look up to.

This issue of the magazine is available from 4 April. With Alesha looking as hot as she does, I don’t think her cover issue would have problems selling!


This isn’t the first time that Alesha has discussed race and showbiz, however, she does bring up some interesting points. Do we agree with Alesha? Does racism still exist in the industry?

As always, let us know in the comments below.