Ugly duckling Nicole Scherzinger
Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger says she never felt sexy until she joined the raunchy girl group in 2003
Nicole Scherzinger always thought she was ugly.
The 31-year-old Pussycat Doll - who is currently working alone after the group decided to take a temporary break in order to pursue solo projects - said she only started to feel attractive once she joined the group in 2003.
She said: "Growing up, I was incredibly shy. And awkward. And lanky! I always thought I was an ugly duckling. I guess it worked out OK in the end. Ultimately though, true beauty shines from within.
"I know joining the group helped me to find out who I am - and I love the message that any woman can be strong, confident and sexy."
The 'Don't Cha' singer said dancing with the band - who have been criticised for their overly explicit moves - had helped her to feel sexy.
Nicole - who is dating motor racing ace Lewis Hamilton - added to Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine: "I consider myself sexy when I'm dancing with the Dolls. It brings out an inner strength, a bolder attitude and a fiery, fearless spirit.
"But away from the stage I can be a different person. I'm either shy or goofy, depending on my mood."