Fans have slammed Mel C after she shared a risqué snap of herself on social media just weeks after criticising Little Mix for dressing provocatively.
The former Spice Girl faced backlash when she posted a topless shot on Instagram leading to people calling her a hypocrite. In the photo the 42-year-old singer posed in just a pair of knickers with the caption: “Cheeky little cover shoot tomorrow. Better get my work pants ready! #behindthescenes #versionofme #putsomeclothesonwoman.”
One person commented on her Insta snap: “Didn’t you just criticise Little Mix for dressing “provocatively”? A bit hypocritical don’t you think?!!”
Another said: “I’m pretty sure you were quick to criticise Little Mix on their ‘provocative’ outfits and sexualisation and here you are with nothing but your pants on? Pot kettle black springs to mind.”
A third shared: “Sadly I think you may have left yourself open for this criticism from Little Mix fans. Not that I think your phto is sexual at all. Neither did I think you were correct in your criticism of those young ladies trying to become adults in a sexist industry.”
Comparing the raunchy act formed on The X Factor in 2011 to her own 1990s hitmakers, Mel said: “I love Little Mix. I loved them from The X Factor. I just thought they were so different. But they are getting more provocative. To me, they were kind of the closest thing to the Spice Girls we’ve seen. They are all gorgeous and great singers. But they weren’t sexy and it’s got more and more that way. I love them – but I just say, ‘Stay you’.”
The singer’s concerns about over-sexualisation have also led her to ban her seven-year-old daughter Scarlett from using social media. Mel recently told the Sunday People : “I’ll show her a silly dog falling over on YouTube or something but I’ll keep her away from the rest of it for as long as possible. She is a massive Little Mix fan but I’ve started to be more sparing in what I show her. I don’t let her watch videos by artists that aren’t appropriate for her. That makes me a bit sad.”
“All young women want to look sexy and hot so I understand it’s hard. But I think it’s such a shame. We live in a narcissistic age – it’s 100 per cent worse than when I was in the Spice Girls. It was a more innocent time, although we were criticised for wearing crop tops.”