The "X Factor"-winning girl group -- comprises Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock -- asserted that people would never criticise an Olympic athlete for wearing skimpy clothes, but that they get it in the neck because they dance, reports metro.co.uk
In an interview with Attitude magazine, Nelson said: "You should be able to be whatever kind of woman you want to be. You should be able to wear what you bloody want to wear and rock it.
"As long as you feel good about yourself, that's all that matters. It just annoys me. We'll wear a leotard and they're like (pulls a face)."
Thirwall insisted that they are all feminists, but that the title doesn't come with a dress code.
"Being a feminist doesn't mean that you have to wear a polo-neck jumper and a pair of trousers. Anyone can be a feminist. Feminism is just believing in equality," Thirwall added.
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