Did this Loose Women star take it too far?

Loose Women star Jamelia sparked outrage on Tuesday when she argued that high-street stores shouldn’t stock plus-size above or overly small sized clothes.


Speaking on the ITV daytime show, the former singer explained:

‘I think everyone should have access to lovely clothes, but I do not think it’s right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle.’

She added:

‘I don’t believe stores should stock clothes below or above a certain weight. They should be made to feel uncomfortable when they go in and can’t find a size. It shouldn’t be normalised in high street stores. They should have specialist shops.’

The 34-year-old mum ignited a huge social media debate with some followers even comparing Jamelia to outspoken star, Katie Hopkins, 40.

On Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, Jamelia continued to defend her points but added further explanation.

‘I didn’t make it clear on the show that I was talking about extremes … above a size 20 and below a size 6,’ said Jamelia, adding:

‘Everyone has a right to feel wonderful and feel
beautiful and it was never my intention to make people feel any less than what they are.’

Jamelia‘s dress-size comments haven’t particularly gone down well in the celebrity world either.

In fact, a couple of famous faces have hit-out at the panellist.

Notoriously skinny star, Jameela Jamil, 29, lashed out on her blog, writing:

‘By sending people who are “too” small or “too” large to specialist clothing stores, we are shaming them. We are ensuring that they feel different and like outcasts when they are looking for fashion.’

Jameela also said:

‘I wouldn’t want to be Jamelia right now, and I also really, really don’t f***ing want to be confused with her right now, because we stand on very opposing sides of the spectrum here.’


Another star who replied to Jamelia‘s comments was comedienne Sarah Millican.

Taking to Twitter, Sarah wrote: ‘I sometimes wear plus size clothes. And take it as a compliment that Jamelia would prefer me naked.’

Well, THAT made us laugh!

Following on from the reactions she received, Jamelia revealed:

‘It has been absolutely awful. But this is my job and I have put myself forward to be reacted to in this way.’

We look forward to seeing whether any other stars hit-back! Watch this space…

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Lucy Gornall