Mel B has admitted she was “shocked” after visiting Central America to film her new BBC documentary Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip.
The Spice Girl, 47, claimed she believed incidents of racism had decreased since she was born in 1975 but “changed her outlook” after meeting two sisters who “had to fight harder for their positions” because of their ethnicity .
In the three-part program, the would-be hitmaker is joined by Ruby Wax and Emily Atack as they follow in the footsteps of the intrepid Victorian explorer Isabella Bird, whose exploits have largely been lost to history.
EXCLUSIVE: Mel B has admitted she was “shocked” after visiting Central America to film her new BBC documentary Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip
But when the trio headed to the US state of Colorado – which has a 61.6% Caucasian population according to a 2020 census – the Leeds native began to ask: “Is there anyone in this town who is brown, mixed race or black ?
Mel, a former resident of progressive Los Angeles, told MailOnline: “I think what shocked me the most is that people of color in Colorado, whether it’s mixed race or brown or some kind of ethnic mix, have it even harder.
“We met two sisters who were master lasso masters and shared how they had to fight harder for their position.
“They went to an all-white school and you might still think… yes, there are places in the rural outback, let’s say it’s just mostly white.
Candid: The Spice Girl, 47, claimed she believed incidents of racism had decreased since she was born in 1975
Inspirations: Mel said she “changed her outlook” after meeting two sisters (center left and far right) who had to “fight harder for their position” because of their ethnicity
“But for me I thought there wasn’t as much racism as there was when my mum had me 47 years ago, but it’s still there.
“It kind of changed my attitude that I was always… I mean, throughout the show I was like, ‘Is there anyone in this town that’s brown or mixed race or black? Is there someone?”
“I always find myself searching and I don’t think I’ll ever change that for me, number one, but secondly, it’s also reminded me that it’s getting scarcer.
“It’s harder, especially in Colorado, to find the bags or groups of people of color and just hear their stories and how well they did it was just brilliant.
Frank: She told MailOnline: “What shocked me the most is that people of color in Colorado, whether it’s mixed race or brown or some kind of ethnic mix, have it even harder.”
“Well, I don’t know if that changed me or not, but it definitely made me go, ‘So where are they then? Where are my people?
“In all the fog of this thing, I don’t think Isabella would have encountered many people of color at all. From the journey we have taken we had to look for her, but who knows?’
At a time when most explorers were men, Yorkshire-born Isabella was a trailblazer. In 1873, when “mountain air” was prescribed to cure her ailments, Isabella embarked on her journey around the world to find just that.
Alone, she traversed the lawless American Wild West and rode 800 miles on horseback through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
She befriended outlaws, climbed mountains and faced grizzly bears in a restrictive era for women in Britain.
Using their original 1873 book, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, as inspiration for their own historical American adventure, Ruby, Mel and Emily paid homage to the forgotten pioneer.
They explored the people, places and odd customs of an ever-changing America while reflecting on the changes in Western society over the past 150 years and their own experience as women.
Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip begins Monday 28 November at 9pm on BBC Two.
Coming soon: In the three-part show, the hitmaker (right) is joined by Ruby Wax (centre) and Emily Atack (left), who follow in the footsteps of Victorian explorer Isabella Bird
Source: | Dailymail.co.uk
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