Little Mix's music video for 'Strip' is here and it's full of inspirational women
After a was released earlier this week, we knew their video for their latest track 'Strip' would be just as inspiring. And it is.
The video - which was released last night (16 November) on - seems unlike their other songs in the sense that it doesn't just feature Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Jade and their dancers, instead it includes a whole tribe of incredible women.
On Thursday, the band said on Twitter they invited the women to be in the video "because this song is about empowering people to be who they are". Followers will recognise some of the women because the group had been sharing video clips of some of their empowering stories.
So, who exactly is in the video - which was shot by legendary fashion photographer Rankin? These are some of the amazing women you can spot in the video:
Nimco is a former civil servant and now an activist and consultant. She is the founder of Daughters of Eve - a non-profit organisation that works to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Nimco, who is Somali born and grew up in the UK, co-founded the organisation after working in communities where girls can be at risk of FGM and realising the need for a specialist organisation to look after the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of these young women.
Journalist Bryony is a mental health and body positivity campaigner. She has written frankly about her experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder and bulimia in her best-selling books and newspaper articles. She's run the marathon twice in support of the charity Heads Together - once in just her bra and pants - and interviewed Prince Harry about his struggles with mental health and grief.
Hannah is a sex-positive blogger and youtuber and author of the bookDoing It.Over the past couple of years, she's also blogged about having Irritable Bowel Disease, needing emergency surgery and being fitted with a stoma. The stoma means Hannah now lives with an ileostomy bag and she's shared beautiful, empowering images of her in her underwear, "learning to love her new body" on her blog.
Plus-size model Felicity slays, as per, in the video. As well as modelling (she's worked for brands like Missguided, Loreal, Asos and River Island) , Felicity founded the campaign #SelfLoveBringsBeauty which is all about empowering people no matter what their size, age, race, background, gender or sexuality. The campaign has t-shirts, organises workshops on confidence and holds events. Felicity is also the first ever Curve Ambassador x Stylist for Asos, a role she's held since 2014.
Sharaya, who actually features on the song, comes from Hawaii and grew up in New Jersey. She was a contestant on US singing talent showThe Fourwhich has judges Meghan Trainor, Puff Daddy and DJ Khaled. She's since starred in an Alexander Wang campaign and released singles including 'Say Less', 'Big' and 'New Wave'.
Little Mix aren't the only four-piece group in the 'Strip' video as they invited along Confetti Crowd too. Describing themselves as "the UK's most colourful girl gang of creatives", the four twenty-something London-based bloggers (and fashion designers/shop owners/ singers) all realised they had loads in common so established a squad. They aim to inspire girls who want to run their own businesses, work from home or just be a general girl boss. They also encourage women to be successful by supporting each other rather than competing with one another. We couldn't have said it better, ourselves.
Megan Jayne Crabbe
Megan goes by the tag @bodyposipanda on Instagram, where she has a mighty one million followers. She has written about body image, feminism and mental health including eating disorders, which Megan went through herself and has spoken so honestly about. She credits finding the body positivity movement with helping with her own recovery and is now hell-bent on ensuring her followers know they are so much more than just their bodies.
London-based model Maxim has been slaying in editorials and on the runway for a few years now, modelling for Gucci and Alessandra Rich, alongside other impressive brands. Maxim, who is a transgender woman, is also a role model in the LGBTQ community and regularly blogs with the hashtag #TransIsNotATrend.
Powerhouse Dina blogs about fashion, is a Mum, has written a book, has 1.4 million Instagram followers and is all about changing existing negative stereotypes of muslim women. In a video posted on Little Mix's Twitter, she said she set up her blog out of frustration of not seeing anyone who represented her.
Nia The Light
Nia blogs and makes videos for YouTube about embracing her natural hair and curls. She started the movement #Froday (Fro Friday) which encourages other women with afro hair to own their beautiful natural locs. She's also an activist and has made trips to Kenya and Cape Town to raise awareness and money for young people in poverty.
In 2009, Kristin founded the charity CoppaFeel!, which encourages women to regularly check their breasts for any lumps or bumps. She started the charity after she was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer when she was 23. She'd felt a lump but put it off for a while until her mum and sister encouraged her to go to the doctor. Kris' whole aim of CoppaFeel is getting women to check so that if they do feel a lump they go to the doctor straight away and, should it be cancer, it has a way better chance of being treated if it's caught early.
As well as all of these fab ladies, some of the girls' Mums, sisters and friends also feature in the video, yassss.
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