Alexandra Burke displays her athletic physique in a busty sports bra and skin-tight cycling shorts


Alexandra Burke

Last week she made an emotional revelation that she was told to bleach her skin after she won The X Factor in 2008.

And having been praised for making the admission, Alexandra Burke posed for a snap on Monday as she headed out for some exercise.

The singer, 31, looked flawless in a slate sports bra and matching cycling shorts as she stood in the sunshine.

Sporty: Alexandra Burke displayed her athletic physique in a busty sports bra and skin-tight cycling shorts as she posed for a snap on Monday

Sporty: Alexandra Burke displayed her athletic physique in a busty sports bra and skin-tight cycling shorts as she posed for a snap on Monday

The Broken Heels songstress showed off her athletic abs and toned limbs in the snap, and added white running shoes to the look.

She wore her red braided mane loosely around her radiant features.

Alexandra spoke in a candid Instagram video last week in which she said she was told she would have to work ‘ten times harder than a white artist’.

She also delved into the ‘microagressions’ she experienced from various music labels throughout her career and how she has struggled.

Flawless: She wore her red braided mane loosely around her radiant features

 

Flawless: She wore her red braided mane loosely around her radiant features

Opening up: Last week, Alexandra revealed that she was told to bleach her skin after she won The X Factor in 2008

Opening up: Last week, Alexandra revealed that she was told to bleach her skin after she won The X Factor in 2008

Alexandra Burke claims she was ordered to bleach skin

Alexandra explained that she was ordered to ‘smile more on Instagram because you come across as aggressive’.

The star, who was visibly shaken, explained: ‘The music industry is such a funny little place. I love signing, I love what I do but if it wasn’t for the love that I have for music I definitely wouldn’t be in this industry.

‘A few reasons are, when I won the X Factor I was told, ”Right, because you are black, you are going to have to work ten times harder than a white artist, because of the colour of your skin…

‘You can’t have braids, you can’t have an afro, you can’t have anything that basically is my identity, you have to have hair, for example, that appeals to white people so they can understand you better.”

Candid: The 31-year-old musician opened up in a candid Instagram video and said she was told she would have to work 'ten times harder than a white artist' (pictured on The X Factor)

Emotional: Alexandra broke down in tears at points throughout the heart-wrenching video

Candid: The 31-year-old musician opened up in a candid Instagram video and said she was told she would have to work ‘ten times harder than a white artist’ (pictured on The X Factor)

She said: 'When I won the X Factor I was told, ''Right, because you are black, you are going to have to work ten times harder than a white artist, because of the colour of your skin'' (pictured winning The X Factor in 2008)

She said: ‘When I won the X Factor I was told, ”Right, because you are black, you are going to have to work ten times harder than a white artist, because of the colour of your skin” (pictured winning The X Factor in 2008)

‘That was so hard to digest. I was told to bleach my skin and that was something I refused to do.’

MailOnline has contacted X Factor representatives for comment.

Alexandra did not specify who gave her the instructions or made the comments, nor when they were made in the wake of her victory.

Alexandra also opened up about the abuse she received from trolls when she competed on Strictly Come Dancing and injured herself.

She said: ‘How I got through it, now I look back and I have no idea, no idea. I don’t even like thinking about that experience at all. But thankfully, my family and friends got me through it and the amazing fans that supported me.

Struggles: Alexandra also opened up about the abuse she received from trolls when she competed on Strictly Come Dancing and injured herself

Struggles: Alexandra also opened up about the abuse she received from trolls when she competed on Strictly Come Dancing and injured herself

'Speak out': She also delved into 'microagressions' she experienced from various music labels throughout her career

‘Speak out’: She also delved into ‘microagressions’ she experienced from various music labels throughout her career

Being honest: Alexandra shared the emotional 15-minute video on Instagram and wrote: 'Speak Up - Speak Out

Being honest: Alexandra shared the emotional 15-minute video on Instagram and wrote: ‘Speak Up – Speak Out

‘So anyone out there scared to speak your truth, speak your truth, that’s all we’ve got. We have one life.’

Alexandra shared the emotional 15-minute video on Instagram and wrote: ‘Speak Up – Speak Out.

‘I felt it was time to speak up… This is a scary moment for me. I didn’t always want to speak up.. but it is the right thing to do.

She said: 'When I talk about ''not seeing colour'' I'm not referring to the idea of being blind to skin colour, I'm talking about the notion within the music industry and institutionally that whiter is better'

She said: ‘When I talk about ”not seeing colour” I’m not referring to the idea of being blind to skin colour, I’m talking about the notion within the music industry and institutionally that whiter is better’

‘So, here’s my truth, the positive and the emotional.

‘Side note: When I talk about ‘not seeing colour’ I’m not referring to the idea of being blind to skin colour, I’m talking about the notion within the music industry and institutionally that whiter is better.

‘Why does an industry that should be focused on vocal ability spend so much time dictating an artist’s worth on their colour?’

Upsetting: The musician ended her caption by saying: 'Why does an industry that should be focused on vocal ability spend so much time dictating an artist's worth on their colour?'

Upsetting: The musician ended her caption by saying: ‘Why does an industry that should be focused on vocal ability spend so much time dictating an artist’s worth on their colour?

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