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Myleene Klass has a fierce message for slut-shaming social media trolls

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Classical musician Myleene Klass is sick and tired of being told to “cover up” her body.

Being famous for our sex appeal is not something that most of us will ever experience. And according to Myleene Klass, it’s not necessarily something we should envy – because it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

The classical musician, radio DJ and TV presenter has a long list of chart-topping albums to her name – and was recently announced as the host of this year’s Classic Brit Awards at The Royal Albert Hall, alongside Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong.

Of course, Klass is also famous for being incredibly confident in her own skin, and often models for lingerie and swimwear campaigns – a decision which has seen her attacked by critics over the years.

Now, in a new interview, Klass has insisted that she will never listen to those who tell her to “put it away”.

“People try to tell me all day long, ‘I don’t like your hair’, ‘Why have you got your a*** out?’” she told The Sun.

“I’m like, ‘Sorry, your opinions do not pay my mortgage, therefore they are null and void’.

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Klass – who has daughters Ava, 10, and Hero, six, from her former marriage to Graham Quinn – continued: “My body has made two amazing children, I’m nearly 40 years old, I can play the piano – and you can say whatever you like to me but can you play a Rachmaninoff concerto?’”

She continued: “You get one life, one chance at this. I’m not wasting it and I’m not going to sit in a corner and worry about what some troll who has never met me thinks.

“I love that I don’t want to waste a single day. I’ve got two kids to raise and I want them to see a badass mum.”

Klass finished by saying: “Whatever you want to say to me, these hands earn and graft for my kids and for myself and that gives me self-gratification.

“I know what I can do, and I know what I’m capable of.”

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Of course, Klass is not the first woman in the public eye to express such an opinion: two years ago, Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski took a stand against slut-shaming by posting a joint topless selfie on their respective Instagram accounts.

“The body-shaming and slut-shaming – it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality,” wrote Kardashian at the time.

And, elsewhere, Amber Rose has reclaimed the ‘slut walk’ as a protest against “slut shaming”.

“I have millions of people scrutinising me and telling me I deserve to be slut-shamed,” she said last year.

“It’s made me more passionate to do what I do… because it’s an extreme form of bullying that we deal with as women and it’s really unfortunate, but I like to be the voice to bring confidence to women and bring awareness to everyone.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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