British pop star Alesha Dixon was stunned when she was told she would never feature on the cover of a magazine due to her skin colour.

The former Mis-Teeq singer admits she has confronted prejudice throughout her career and was once told by an interviewer that black stars could not represent a publication as it would put buyers off.

She tells Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, "I did an interview with (another) magazine once and the journalist quite openly said they wouldn't put a black person on the front cover because the magazine wouldn't sell. It made me angry because it shouldn't be about the colour of a person's skin, it should be about the person."

Dixon became a panel judge on U.K. Tv show Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 and has praised bosses at the Bbc, the network behind the series, for hiring a black woman, but she insists more should be done to represent Britain's multicultural society on screen.

She adds, "There still aren't many (black women) on prime time Tv. Britain's an amazing multicultural place and that should be celebrated and represented.

"When I joined in 2009, the controller of the Bbc came into my dressing room and said they were proud to have a woman of colour on their panel. It was so nice they acknowledged it."