Shirley Manson used to ''torture'' herself for not being pretty enough.

The Garbage frontwoman - who is renowned for her unusual look - admits it took her time to learn to accept herself but now does not think about it and has a dismissive attitude.

She told Nylon magazine: ''I used to torture myself because I thought I wasn't pretty enough, I wasn't young enough, I wasn't this or that enough.

''Now I'm like, 'F**k it'. I don't want to pay that price and pretend I'm something I'm not.''

The 45-year-old star recently admitted her band - made up of herself, Butch Vig, Steve Market and Duke Erikson - were the ''weirdest looking cats'' around.

She said: ''There was a lot of queerness about my band. Are you kidding? We are the oldest, weirdest-looking cats out there, we look so f***ing bizarre. I always used to be a little ashamed that we were older; that we weren't beautiful and young and cool and wearing super-cool clothes.

''There was a feeling of, 'Oh I wished we looked like The Clash'. This time around, I love how much my band look. I think we look like the cast from a French movie. It's about self acceptance.''