The name Rachel Adedeji might not sound familiar to you but you can deny ever seeing her beautiful smile on trending images on social media.
Rachel Adedeji is an English singer and actress. She finished in ninth place on sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, having previously appeared on the fifth series.
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Adedeji began her career as a singer, beginning singing at the age of eight, later studying musical theater in college. She performed in many musical productions and had a role in the musical Mamma Mia!.In 2008, Adedeji entered the fifth series of The X Factor, where she made it to bootcamp. Adedeji later returned to the programme for the sixth series, where she finished in ninth place.
In 2020, Adedeji took to social media to open up about racism she has encountered while working on the programme. She stated she was told “You’re all the same” by a make-up artist, and said that black actresses on Hollyoaks were “forced to drastically change their hair” after being told viewers wouldn’t be able to tell them apart, and that in her four years on the soap, she had only worked with one black director.
She added: “Working at Hollyoaks is mostly positive, but the experiences I have encountered are a constant reminder of how difficult it is being a black woman in the industry. I am no longer standing for it.”Photo Credit: Getty