Lady Leshurr cuts a casual figure in a matching burgundy tracksuit for work at BBC Radio


Lady Leshurr cuts a casual figure in a matching burgundy tracksuit and suede trainers as she heads into work at BBC Radio

Lady Leshurr cut a casual figure as she arrived for work at her BBC Radio1Xtra show on Saturday afternoon. 

The rapper and presenter, 32, donned a comfy wine-coloured tracksuit as she beamed at onlookers before heading into the studio. 

Dressed head to toe in burgundy, Leshurr accessorised with a pair of suede hightop trainers and an effortlessly cool cap. 

Laidback look: Lady Leshurr, 32, cut a casual figure as she arrived for work at her BBC Radio1Xtra show on Saturday afternoon

Seemingly in high spirits before starting work, she threw out peace signs and pouted in front of the BBC building.

The outing comes after it was announced by BBC Radio 1Xtra and Asian Network on Friday that Leshurr would act as an ambassador for their Words First 2021 competition. 

The spoken word contest will work alongside poetry organisations to mentor shortlisted candidates through workshops and one-on-one training sessions.  

Keeping it casual: The rapper and presenter donned a comfy wine-coloured tracksuit as she beamed at onlookers before heading into the studio

Keeping it casual: The rapper and presenter donned a comfy wine-coloured tracksuit as she beamed at onlookers before heading into the studio

Happy: Seemingly in high spirits before starting work, Lady threw out peace signs and pouted in front of the BBC building.

Happy: Seemingly in high spirits before starting work, Lady threw out peace signs and pouted in front of the BBC building.

Lady said of the initiative: ‘I can’t wait to hear and see the talent we find through this year’s Words First project. 

‘Whether it’s spoken word, rap or poetry – it will be amazing and I am honoured to be this year’s ambassador.’ 

Lady has previously opened up about the discrimination she has faced based on the colour of her skin.

The former Dancing On Ice contestant said that she ‘didn’t even know she was black,’ until she grew up and noticed that people were treating her differently.      

She also said she has to ‘work ten-times harder’ as a black woman but declared: ‘Whenever I have a no, I turn that into a yes.’

Relaxed: She kept her make-up minimal and had styled her raven tresses into a sleek poker-straight style under her hat

Relaxed: She kept her make-up minimal and had styled her raven tresses into a sleek poker-straight style under her hat

Back in February, she spoke of how she was allegedly manhandled and called a derogatory slur by an airport security guard.    

Speaking of her shocking airport incident, which took place in Spain in 2016, she said to The Mirror: ‘I was going back home from a show, I went into the Duty Free shops and I asked where the perfumes were.  

‘I heard the security guard say, ”perra negra” – black b****. I asked, ”Did you just call me…?”   

‘He got defensive. Then he reached for his handcuffs, and that’s when I was resisting because I was like, ”What are you doing?” There were people all around, filming, a lot were English, it was very embarrassing and aggressive.’

According to the rapper, the airport security attempted to remove her handcuffs but when they didn’t open, the guard proceeded to hit her arms, leaving cuts on her skin.   

She was then taken to a separate room where she was interrogated by other staff members and treated like ‘a criminal.’ 

Amid accusations from security about her behaviour, she insisted that they watch CCTV footage to prove her innocence.    

However, when they witnessed the video, they failed to apologise or even look at her, instead pointing to the door.  

Mentor: The outing comes after it was announced by BBC Radio 1Xtra on Friday that Lady would act as an ambassador for their Words First 2021 spoken word competition

Mentor: The outing comes after it was announced by BBC Radio 1Xtra on Friday that Lady would act as an ambassador for their Words First 2021 spoken word competition

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