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Perrie: I'm an English rose

Perrie Edwards wants people who comment on her pale skin to "shut up".

The Little Mix star, who is engaged to One Direction's Zayn Malik, received some mean comments when the band was snapped enjoying the sun on a beach in Florida.

Some criticised her black swimming costume and pale skin, but the 20-year-old was quick to brush off the nastiness.

"I say: 'Shut up!' I'm an English rose, thank you very much," she vented to the British edition of OK! magazine.

"I'm not going to dye my skin orange - I'm working too hard taking America by storm to fake tan!"

Perrie and her bandmates Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock were formed on The X Factor UK but have been spending time in the US to promote their music.

They're used to getting a lot of attention but still worry about how they look in pictures.

"Caught from a bad angle, nobody's confident," Perrie admitted.

Jesy added: "In our music we try to say 'love who you are'. Everyone's a different size or shape. We all have our insecurities, but they're what make you unique."

During their time stateside the girls have been enjoying all the good food America has to offer.

They've been hitting the gym to compensate for naughty treats such as ice cream and bagels.

"We've all been exercising and going to the gym and stuff," Jade explained.

Perrie added: "I think it's because when you're on stage you can't really get out of breath. We sing and dance so much that we need to be quite up there, stamina-wise. That's the only reason we work out. But it does make you feel good when you go to the gym, even if it's for like 20 minutes."

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