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Rebecca Ferguson has dismissed controversy over her skin appearing lighter in a recent photo

Rebecca Ferguson has dismissed controversy over her skin appearing lighter in a recent photo

Rebecca Ferguson has dismissed controversy over her skin appearing lighter in a recent photo

Singer Rebecca Ferguson has dismissed controversy about her apparently lightened skin tone on recent promotional shots as "just silly".

The X Factor runner-up, whose father is Jamaican, said she was "obviously mixed race" and "not trying to be anything I'm not".

The 25-year-old sparked a fuss when pictures showed her looking considerably paler than usual, but she has said the camera flash had just made her skin look whiter.

She said: "I'm very proud of my roots and I would never try not to be who I am."

She was speaking before her performance at a Christmas charity launch in Glasgow.

She sang for 600 Cash For Kids supporters at the Clyde 1 & Clyde 2 Cash For Kids Christmas Lunch.

It was set up in 1980 to support the most vulnerable children in the west of Scotland.

Jedward, Gamu Nhengu, Kassidy and Emeli Sande were also performing.

Lord McConnell, chairman of the board of trustees of the Clyde 1 & Clyde 2 Cash For Kids charity, said: "Every year the Cash For Kids Christmas events are seen as one of the must-attend events in the calendar and this year is no different."

He added: "None of these children are responsible for the current economic problems, yet they will suffer more than most. Cash For Kids is needed today as much as ever. The money we raise directly supports more than 124,000 vulnerable children and every penny goes to them."

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