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As a pop and R&B recording artist, songwriter, dancer and model, Cheryl is a multi-talented performer.
Dancing & Modelling
Cheryl was interested in dancing from an early age and started sequence dancing at the age of four, before joining The Royal Ballet’s summer school at the age of nine. She won modelling competitions, including the titles of Boots Group’s ‘bonniest baby’ and Mothercare’s ‘Happy Faces Portrait’ competition.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is a member of the chart-topping girl group Girls Aloud. She has been part of the group’s twenty consecutive top-ten singles (including four number one singles) in the UK and five platinum albums and earned five BRIT Award nominations from 2005 to 2010.
The group’s debut single Sound of the Underground peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one. Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between formation and reaching number one.
Cheryl is also a successful solo artist and has released two solo albums, which both went to number one in the UK: 3 Words (2009) and Messy Little Raindrops (2010).
Cheryl’s first solo performance was on American rapper will.i.am’s Heartbreaker single in 2008. She was picked to appear as a dancer in the video after taking streetdancing classes during the filming of the ITV2 series The Passions of Girls Aloud.
She has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, while also becoming the new face of cosmetic company L’Oréal.
In February 2009, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini appeared on the cover of British Vogue. The media coverage of her appearance in the magazine boosted the magazine’s circulation to 240,000: its best ever February figure. She also appeared on the November 2009 cover of the UK’s Elle magazine.
The X Factor
Cheryl became a judge on The X Factor in 2008. While on the show, she became the winning judge twice out of the three series she judged on.
In 2014 it was announced that Cole would return as a judge on the U.K. version of The X Factor for its eleventh series, signing a £1.5 million contract.
As a member of Girls Aloud, Cole teamed with Eylure to release five sets of false eyelashes, each set designed by a different member of the band. A range of festival-themed lashes followed in 2010, while limited edition “10th Anniversary” lash was released in 2012. Similarly, to celebrate their tenth anniversary, each member designed a charm bracelet for Pandora, available as either a complete bracelet or a “starter” bracelet.