Singer addresses pressure on women to display their sexuality
Edward Keeble

10:10 6th January 2014

Sophie-Ellis-Bextor has spoken out on her concerns that there is too much pressure on women to display their sexuality.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Bextor said that she was glad she had sons rather than daughters because of the incessant need in popular culture for women to be overtly sexual. "Girls are encouraged to put their sexuality out there as an empowering thing," she said, "but that can also put you on the back foot. It would be a really sensitive issue if you have a girl that's anywhere from about eight to 18."

"I wouldn't want to thrust myself in people's faces like Lady Gaga," she added. "I loved her theatricality initially, but four years on, it looks exhausting and she looks exhausted. You know, she's clomping around in heel-less shoes and a meat dress, then Adele comes along and sells billions of records without doing any of that stuff. I just think the only thing you can do is find your own niche and do what works for you."

Listen to Sophie-Ellis-Bextor's classic 'Murder on the Dancefloor' below

Moving onto Miley Cyrus and Madonna she said: "When I was 15, we had the ladette culture and Wonderbras and things like More! magazine with its Position of the Fortnight feature. And there were as many debates about Madonna then as there are about Miley Cyrus now. But Madonna always seemed to be in control of what she was doing – that's what I always liked about her when I was growing up. She had her own agenda, and was like, 'Screw you if you don't get it,' and I thought that was pretty cool."

This comes after Bextor's stint on Strictly Come Dancing that resulted in her securing fourth place, after wearing skin tight outfits and prancing around (non sexually of course).

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