Whilst sometimes I may act like I'm the only person in the world to have braces, I do often draw upon the experiences of other's who have gone through metal-mouth too. Especially when they had braces in adulthood!
Lisa Scott-Lee is one such source of constant inspiration. Not only because she rocks electric blue glue-in hair extensions in a way no one else can, not just because Electric really was deserving of top 10 UK singles status and not just because I've met her (and pissed her off) - but because she had braces.
Steps are one of my favourite bands - the 1990s and early 2000s dance-pop group were the soundtrack to my closeted and brace-less adolescence. Lisa was never exactly my favourite member, preferring the rippling abs of Lee, the beauty of Faye and the voice of Claire (pretty much the rest except Scott-Lee and H to be honest!) and when she had braces in the band, it just gave me another reason to shrug her off. But now, as an adult in her shoes, I know what it's like to be a superstar popstar with braces (kinda).
Her braces were the perfect accessory to have in the video to Stomp, playing a mischief-making young-un wrecking some cockney's bachelor pad with her synchronised dancing and general merriment. Proving that braces aren't that bad, you just need killer dance moves and a mirror ball choker.
However, her braces were probably less atmospheric for the Downton Abbey-esque The Way Make Me Feel video where her bashed in noshers would have been far more fitting for a Victorian themed ball. I especially love the Director's placement of Scott-Lee behind the harp, in an attempt to hide her gob, when in fact the vertical harp chords act like a tic-tac-toe on her horizontal braces! Ingenuous.
All in all, Lisa has been a rock in a deep (electric) blue sea of braceface paranoia. Constantly remind me that if Lisa Scott-Lee can wear braces and have the career, legacy and cultural impact that she's had - then I can do it too!