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Nicola Roberts Interview

As the ‘pale and interesting’ member of Girls Aloud, Nicola Roberts wasn’t always happy in her own skin – until now

Written by . Published on December 6th 2011.

Nicola Roberts Interview

WHEN Nicola Roberts auditioned for Popstars: The Rivals back in 2002, it was the first time she’d ever been to London. Little did she know she’d go on to be one fifth of one of the UK’s biggest girl bands, Girls Aloud.

Fame, however, doesn’t come without its pitfalls. As the fair skinned red head of the group, Nicola struggled to keep up with the girl next door image - and the hours of sun bed abuse that went with it.

She said: “So many people would be like ‘Oh my God please just stop tanning, it’s much better when you’re pale’ but I was so wrapped up in it that no one could tell me."

"I started to go to all the fashion shows and change my mentality about beauty and commercialism, everything."

Despite Popstars: The Rivals judge and fellow girl band aficionado, Geri Halliwell telling her: "I think you're great, you're an individual, you really stand out" during the series, Nicola struggled to cope with the constant criticism of her image in the press throughout the early years of Girls Aloud. That was until she took a good look at herself away from the other girls – alone, aloud and proud.

Girls Aloud In Nicola's Tanning DaysGirls Aloud In Nicola's Tanning Days

She said: “It sort of happened around the last Girls Aloud album. Something just clicked. I had had the most amazing summer holiday with all of my friends from Liverpool and I had just become single. I started to go to all the fashion shows and change my mentality about beauty and commercialism, everything. My whole aspect and everything I looked at just changed.”

Her first solo project wasn’t an album, a book, or - thank God - a perfume. Nicola instead opted for a cause close to her heart – her skin. After taking a public stance against the use of sun beds (she urges girls who are addicted to sun beds to “just bite the bullet”) she launched her own make up range for paler skins – Dainty Doll. “It’s like anything that you go through as a person, you have to make a change” she said. “As long as I’m being able to be creative, be it in the studio or working on Dainty Doll, it’s where I’m most happy and where I’m the most confident.”

Nicola Roberts

She’s also taken her ‘pale and interesting’ self and enhanced it with the use of colourful and quirky fashion designs. Most recently, Nicola collaborated with British designer Atlanta Weller to create the shoes she would go on to wear on the cover of her first solo album, Cinderella Eyes. She’s also a champion of upcoming fashion talent – be it a university graduate or even a former Spice Girl.

“There’s a young designer that I’ve worn some stuff from on the album cover called Tour de Force. When I've got the time I love to check out the new up and coming designers.

“Do you know what? I felt so happy the other night when Victoria Beckham won the designer fashion brand of the year award at the British Fashion Awards. I just think that it’s incredible. Her collections are amazing. She totally deserves it. Amazing.”

If we were to place money on a member of Girls Aloud having a go at staking their claim on the fashion industry à la Beckham, Nicola’s your girl.

Nicola Roberts

“I would love the opportunity to have a collection” she said. “I would never want to just jump on the bandwagon of having a collection though. I would have to take it far more seriously.

"It’s about timing and I think that fashion is very much a personal thing to me. I won’t leave the house unless I feel like what I’m wearing fits my mood or creates the mood that I feel like I should be in that particular day.”

And with the majority of Nicola Roberts’ wardrobe consisting of bright colours and daring designs, it would appear that almost 10 years since the forming of Girls Aloud, she’s quite happy dancing to the beat of her own drum for now.

Nicola Roberts’ next single, Yo-Yo is out on 8 January. Watch the video below.

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EmmaDecember 9th 2011.

Liked this interview and video, shes better as a solo artist.

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