FKA Twigs Spoke With Brutal Honesty About The Racist Abuse She's Received
Trolls have targeted her and her fans with racist comments.
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But since finding musical success and being propelled into the spotlight further by dating Robert Pattinson, FKA Twigs has revealed that she's been subject to some shocking racist abuse online.
Speaking to Sunday Times Style, Twigs said that she receives abuse every day and even has screenshots of streams of racist messages, many calling her a "monkey".
She showed the interviewer the messages, and when asked how she copes, she said: "I don't feel anything any more. I've only cried once over it."
However, she went on to break down in tears as she recounted the story of how trolls directed their racist abuse towards a female fan of hers who had cancer.
Twigs also spoke about how under-represented she felt growing up, saying she struggled to find a role model who looked like her.
I was very conscious of it. I was half-Jamaican, but I didn't understand that side of myself. Western society tells you if you're blonde, you're beautiful; if you have green eyes, you're beautiful; if you have fair skin, you're beautiful. Out of London, that's very much more so… Even in magazines I wasn't seeing a reflection of myself, because it was Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera. When I was a young teenager, every girl that vaguely looked like Britney in my class was the one who was really hot.
She also revealed that being a person of colour means she sometimes feels she has to "work ten times harder than somebody else to get the same appreciation".
"Sometimes people are going to treat you differently because of the colour of your skin. Sometimes they will look at you differently or you'll be in a work scenario and you'll feel people are being a bit different towards you and you can't really put your finger on it. It's going to be maybe because of how you look. But they're 100% in the wrong. Sometimes you're going to have to work 10 times harder than somebody else to get the same appreciation, but never use it as an excuse.' I agree with that."