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Friday 19 December 2014

Jessie J: I'm offensive

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Jesse J attends Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 4, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Jessie J

Jessie J says her controversial ways may lead to Muslim girls having an opinion on her.

The Price Tag singer says that while she has a view on the burka, Muslim girls may in turn judge her skimpy costumes.

Flashing the flesh is normal for the star, but Jessie is realistic when it comes to other's opinions of her and her costumes.

"As an artist I try and be controversial and I have been a bit offensive at times. I have a view on the burka and I'm sure a few of the Muslim girls and their families would have a view of me on stage in next to nothing!" she laughed to British newspaper The Sun.

The 25-year-old credits her multicultural upbringing for her views on the burka debate.

With a social worker father and a teacher mother, Jessie managed to stay level headed and is confused when people oppose Muslim women wearing the religious dress.

"It is really unusual for me to witness this debate unfold because burkas were a completely normal part of my upbringing. I was one of six white people out of 200 in my year at school in Dagenham,” Jessie said.

"I'm glad I was faced with different cultures when I was growing up because I wasn't fazed by it. It has been a huge benefit to me; I feel comfortable wherever I go."

Jessie has strong opinions on the debate, and reflects that having a group of multicultural friends has helped when understanding tolerance.

The former The Voice UK coach asserted that the world just needs to learn to accept everyone.

"I remember while I was at school some of my Muslim friends talked about a handful of people spoiling things in every culture. Hatred or hurt or pain isn't specific to a religion.

"I think it's a matter of acceptance. The one thing the world has to accept is everybody is different. What is normal to us is different and unusual to somebody else," she said.

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