Kimberly Wyatt has insisted the Pussycat Dolls spread a “really positive message” as the group continues to face a backlash over racy performances.
The Dolls recently reformed after almost a decade apart but their raunchy costumes and daring dance moves on The X Factor: Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway have triggered complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.
And now a similar routine on Australian show Sunrise has sparked a furore, with some people complaining that it resembled “a strip tease”.
However, speaking on The Morning Show, Wyatt said she was more than happy for her daughters, who are five and two, to watch the Dolls perform.
She said: “They love it, they love seeing it and I love bringing them to dress rehearsals and things.
“And teaching them what it means to be a Pussycat Doll and own your space as a female.
“I think it's a really positive message and it’s important for my girls to see that and understand what that means.”
Wyatt also spoke to News.com.au, saying she thought the group was “misunderstood”.
“We come with intention when we perform – we’re warriors when we step on stage, throwing everything into it,” she said.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s so misunderstood by so many people.”
Wyatt spoke out shortly after frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger addressed the backlash on Australian programme The Project.
The singer was asked about the Dolls’ comeback performance on The X Factor: Celebrity last year, which led to more than 400 complaints to Ofcom.
She said they had no idea the saucy black pants and bodysuits would cause such a fuss.
“Those costumes, we put that together in three days and those outfits were a bit provocative,” said the 41-year-old. “But we're women now.”
The Pussycat Dolls - comprised of Scherzinger, Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta – came to prominence in 2005 with Don’t Cha and went on to have success with hit tracks such as Buttons and When I Grow Up before deciding to part company in 2010.