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Alesha Dixon Designs for Good

Alesha Dixon shot to fame as a member of Mis-Teeq, an all-woman R&B/Garage group which scored hits like “All I Want", "Why?” and “One Night Stand”. Now she’s a household name as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. But growing up, things weren’t always easy. After her parents split up, her mother was subjected to domestic violence in a new relationship and Dixon would witness these attacks. She first spoke out about the horrors of living in a violent home in 2010, when she fronted a BBC documentary “Don’t Hit My Mum” and says she’s particularly proud of that because: “we were able to use that story to help other people.”

She has since taken up more work with charities specifically focusing on domestic abuse and the children affected by it, saying that it’s: “very healing, it helps you to make sense of it in your mind and it helps you to forgive and let go and move forward”.

Dixon has acted as an official supporter of Women’s Aid and RSPCA’s joint campaign PetRetreat, which is their campaign to foster animals from violent homes. Dixon is a prominent supporter of Refuge, which campaigns against domestic violence and which supports more than 3,300 women and children escaping domestic violence every single day. Alesha Dixon has recently designed a collection of dresses in collaboration with Little Black Dress. For every dress sold, £1 will go to Refuge, giving money to support, and drawing attention to, the plight of many women and families nationwide. 

This year’s collection features 14 dresses, and is available for sale here.

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