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Who is Irene Major? Billionaire Babies star and mum of six who says she’s been lightening her skin for years

The Sun | We take a look at the life of the singer and model, plus find out what she has said about lightening her skin

Irene Major

Who is Irene major?

Irene Major, 38, was born October 22, 1979 and is a British-Cameroonian singer, model and activist.

In Cameroon, Irene was a model and was also crowned Miss Lions Cameroon 1995.

From Cameroon, she moved first to Paris and then to the UK.

In 2012 she set up the pop group Major in 2012 with her sister Elsa.

Irene Major and Husband

In 2014 Irene auditioned for X Factor and got though to the six chair challenge with Louis Walsh as her mentor.

She is also currently the star of Channel 5 show Billionaire Babies.

Is Irene married? Does she have children?

Irène is married to oil and gas tycoon Sam Malin.

She has six children.

Her eldest is Samantha (born 2000), then Lulu-Marie (born 2007), Pearl (born 2010), Lincoln (born 2011), Mona-Swan (born 2015) and Noah (born 2017).

Does Irene lighten her skin?

Irene and sister Elsa

Irene Major has been public about using creams to lighten her skin colour.

Speaking to the Daily Mail she said: “When my skin is lighter, I just feel prettier”.

She continued: “It’s a taboo subject, and people get judgemental about it, but that’s how I feel.

“A skin-lightening regime has been part of my life practically since birth.

“There are many different types of African skin — from dark charcoal to a lighter version — and you grow up knowing that the lighter ladies are the prettier ones.

“It’s just a fact. Just look at all the pop stars whose skin has got so much lighter over the years. Many celebrities do it. We’re just turning a blind eye to it.”

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  1. Looks like material for First Lady #3 if ever a vacancy crops up at the Etoudi Palace.

  2. What Type of Njuju is that? Oh my God! Have Mercy on her Soul!

  3. Oh Koko-Rico , Oh Koko-Rico ! Njuju don come ! Salut de Njuju ! Weh Blackman and complex.

  4. There are only about 2000 billionaires in the world.
    So your spouse and children are in a unique club.
    How can we educate other women to work for economic prosperity in or without marriage? Hope your charity helps young girls work to build themselves.
    Good luck to you and your family, what you do with your skin, hair is your choice.
    Men are getting hair, tooth, blood or even penile transplants daily, it is their right. Life must go on.

  5. She is surprisingly a lady with some really strong and important values, like never to forget where she is coming from and her fight to promote Africa.

  6. A reality star and mother-of-six whipped off her wig during a heated debate on This Morning about the controversial practice of skin lightening.British-Cameroonian Irene Major, 38, who says she has used skin-bleaching products for years, appeared on the ITV daytime show in the wake of remarks made by ‘s father Mathew Knowles, who raised eyebrows when he said his superstar daughter would not be as famous if she had darker skin. When Irene, who has appeared on the Channel 5 show Billionaire Babies, was challenged by fellow guest AJ Odudu over her reasons for wanting lighter skin, she snapped that she shouldn’t have to listen to someone with ‘fake hair’ telling her how she should look – before suddenly removing her own. The move, which drew gasps in the studio, also caused a flurry of reac