Being married to the leader of the free world is never going to be easy; even if you love, respect and admire each other, politics and all it involves is tough. Former First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed in her much-anticipated autobiography Becoming that working on their personal life behind closed doors was almost as much of a job as being President. And they both treated it as such, going for regular counselling sessions to make sure that they kept their solid marriage on track. Speaking about it on Good Morning America she said that counselling had helped them overcome a rocky patch and taught them how to overcome their differences: “I know many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there’s something wrong with them. And I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other, we work on our marriage”. As any couple knows, sometimes marriage is the toughest job of them all.
We love Little Mix here at TGIOF; they are talented, strong and fierce – everything that women through the ages have fought for the right to be. Which makes the image of the four of them wearing nothing but the insults they have been targeted with scrawled across their bodies all the more poignant. It doesn’t matter who we are or what job we do, all of us are merely human, and to have the words ‘Not Good Enough’ ‘Odd Looking’ ‘Insignificant’ ‘Ugly’, ‘Slutty’, ‘Flabby’ ‘Gobby’, ‘Fat’ and ‘Bossy’ hurled at you is going to hurt. Taking the time to choose which words to write on your body is going to hurt. Looking at the picture of yourself covered in every insecurity you secretly hold is going to hurt. Which makes us love them even more for doing it – to show every faceless coward who thinks it’s OK to call anyone names, whether they are famous or not, that they are the insignificant ones. Strip, Little Mix’s new single, is out now