Melanie Chisolm aka Mel C has been discussing the ageism she faces in the music industry.
The former Spice Girl is now aged 43 and released her latest solo album Version of Me in October (16) and although she is happy with where she currently is in her life, she believes her advancing years aren’t helping her career in music.
Mel has revealed that she has come across numerous people who have discriminated against her purely for her age and is keen to put a stop to it.
“I come up against a lot of ageism in music, especially for women,” she told Good Housekeeping magazine.
She continued: “There are certain radio stations that won’t play you because it doesn’t fit their demographic.
“I don’t have an issue with that. But there will be things that I would quite like to do and someone might say to me: ‘Well, you know we live in a very ageist society.’ Why can’t I be the face of a sports brand just because I’m 43? Why can’t I try? I want to break down these ageist barriers. I still feel youthful. I’m in the best shape of my life and I have just made one of the best records of my career.”
Mel has noticed some negative differences in her life as she has gotten older, however there are also aspects that have been greatly improved too.
“At 39, I thought I was getting better with age,” she continued during her interview. “Then I hit 40 and did start to notice the wheels falling off a bit. Just waking up in the morning and taking longer to get going. And it hurts more when I bend down!
“But I feel lots of positive things, too. I’m much more confident and stronger in voicing my opinion and standing up for myself. Physically, there is a bit more maintenance, though!”