I was about 13 when Pussycat Dolls made their first appearance, with their debut hit Don’t Cha immediately topping the charts.
Their first album was a big success, resulting in young girls all over the world idolising them and wanting to be just like them — but is the image and perception they radiate really suitable for the young girls that aspire to be just like them?
Do their lyrics contain too many ‘adult’ topics? Is their image too risqué?
These are all questions that are frequently asked about their suitability and hopefully, as a 17-year-old girl fan who was in the audience at the concert in Belfast last night, I feel I may have some answers.
As a typical 21st century girl, I have grown up in a culture where women are encouraged to be strong and independent.
There is no longer the expectation for us to have ambitions of merely cooking and cleaning, but now young girls are strongly encouraged to get out there and make the world their own, and for me, the Pussycat Dolls do that in their very own way.
Their most recent tour, entitled Doll Domination, gives a very good impression of the image I feel they display.
It shows they are the strong and independent women who have made it in the tough world of the music business and have become one of the most successful girl groups in the industry.
They dominate the stage when they perform and show girls that confidence is important and attractive. They encourage us all to get out there and do our thing.
I cannot deny that their clothing may be quite risqué at times, but on closer observation, the PCD seem to be maturing alongside their audience.
Their most recent video, I Hate This Part, is much more subdued and shows the girls dressed simply in jeans and a vest top dancing in a desert.
The lyrics to their songs consist of the usual breakups, make-ups and ambitions that all pop lyrics focus on.
For me, the PCD are just part of a normal 21st century teenager’s life.
They have lots of confidence, have big ambitions, know how to be a little bit edgy, and most importantly — they are simply girls having fun and proving that they really do have ‘Doll Domination’.