Singer Jess Glynne has spoken out about the challenges still faced by women in the music industry today. The 26-year-old told the Radio Times that there’s still a double standard when it comes to how men and women are perceived, with an outspoken woman being labelled a 'diva', while a man is thought of as 'tough'.

Jess GlynneJess Glynne says it’s still harder to be a woman in the music industry.

"As a woman I feel it's genuinely harder and I feel you need to stand for something otherwise you get lost,” Glynne said. "Women get judged more easily. A girl can make a fuss and she's a diva but a guy does the same and he's 'tough'. There's a complete double standard.”

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"It's easier for a girl to get suppressed in saying things than it is for a guy. That's why I'm adamant that I won't not speak my mind for fear of being judged.” However the singer also admitted that she does lack confidence sometimes.

"I'm probably one of the least confident people you'll meet,” Glynne added. "This industry definitely makes you feel insecure. I have to be confident in doing me. If I don't believe in what I'm doing, I don't think anyone else will.”

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Glynne released her debut studio album, I Cry When I Laugh in August, which debuted at the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. The record was the second fastest selling debut album of the year, behind James Bay's Chaos and the Calm. She has just completed a UK tour and will perform at the BBC Music Awards next month.