Oh, don't it make your heart go wow
Oh, how I've turned this whole thing round?
Nicola released her debut solo album Cinderella's Eyes to critical acclaim, delivering a sonically different album to that of her work with Girls Aloud, applying her own musical taste and style. Before her solo career and success with her own make-up range, public and media perception was not positive towards her - but she managed to "turn this whole thing round".
As a member of record-breaking British girl group Girls Aloud, Nicola struggled through the early years of the band's career, being labelled as "ugly" and "the ginger one" by the public and press. Even fellow celebrities in the music industry joined in, most notably musician Lily Allen and BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, calling her out as "the ropey-looking ginger one" in his 2006 book 'One Man'.
In response to Chris Moyles saying on-air, "Nicola is not the most striking one out of Girls Aloud, unless by striking, you mean ginger", she responded:
"It’s no surprise I look miserable with him on my case. And he’s such a good-looking bloke himself, isn’t he?"
- London Evening Standard
On being picked on for being the only red-haired girl in the group:
"I’d had red hair all my life and what was so sad was that I absolutely loved my red hair. I never had an issue with my hair, even growing up I was never bullied for it. It was always just my thing, even at school. It wasn’t until I was in the band that it all seemed to turn. I remember feeling 'Gosh, the general perception of me is really not great at all.'"