Nadiya Hussain says makeup artists would make her skin lighter

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Nadiya Hussain has said makeup artists used to lighten her skin. (BBC)

Nadiya Hussain has said that makeup artists used to make her skin lighter for photoshoots.

The Great British Bake Off winner is set to launch her own cosmetics range and opened up about not feeling confident enough to challenge the makeup artists.

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Speaking to The Mirror, Hussain said: "Early on, I've had magazine shoots and felt my skin was lighter [afterwards], I've also had instances where I've sat in a make-up artist's chair and they've visibly made my skin lighter."

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Nadiya Hussain won The Great British Bake Off in 2015. (Getty Images)

She continued: "Early on, I remember hearing a lot of tutting, like 'oh I can't get the right shade' and then my skin being lighter in the pictures. If somebody did that to me now, I would say, 'Absolutely no way. That's not okay.'"

Hussain and her family have experienced a tough time recently following the death of her sister-in-law to cancer at the age of 34.

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Hussain recently spoke about using food to try and unite the family as they were grieving: "It's the thing that brings everyone together. We were having to accommodate her family, making sure they were fed and looked after. And that was all (through) food. It was, 'Let's cook. Let's make them things that they enjoy."

TV chef Nadiya Hussain during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Nadiya Hussain filming for The Graham Norton Show. (BBC)

Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Hussain has fronted her own cooking programmes and become a regular contributor to The One Show.

She has also written a number of cookery books and children's stories while launching her own homeware range with BlissHome.

Hussain has released a total of 14 books with a cookery book released every years since she won The Great British Bake Off.

Her most recent book, Nadiya's Everyday Baking, was released last month.

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