1. Way back in 2011, Britain’s future biggest girlband was born on The X Factor.

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2. We may not have known it then, but Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Jade and Perrie were destined for ~stardom.~

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3. Back then, in fact, they were still called Rhythmix, and singing for their lives each Saturday night.

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Fun fact, they were forced to change their name after attempting to trademark it, because a Brighton based children’s music charity was already established under the same name.

4. Back then, they were all for sartorial experimentation.

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5. You name it, they tried it. From face paint.

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6. To throwing together a bunch of clashing prints.

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7. Or rocking multiple shades of shredded denim.

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B*Witched mark II, tbh.

8. They even channelled 50s vibes.

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10. And began to transform into a worldclass girlband before our very eyes.

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11. Then they not only became the first band ever to win the whole show, but they became pop perfection overnight.

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12. They sold a casual 107,000 copies of their debut single in the first week.

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13. Then scored a casual number one album.

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14. And attended their first Brit Awards looking like absolute goddesses.

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15. They’ve morphed from teenagers to young women right before us.

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16. And tbh, it’s pretty emotional.

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21. Have you ever seen so much perfection in one image? So strong. So glamorous. So powerful.

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22. Well if that photo didn’t convince you, this one will. Here we have four human embodiments of the fire emoji.

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23. And, after living their romantic lives out in public, there’s no one who does female empowerment in pop form quite like these four ladies.

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24. Does either Perrie, Leigh-Anne, Jesy or Jade look like they need a goddamn man?

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26. Then this year’s Brits rolled around and holy fucking shit.

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27. Not only did they leave everyone on the red carpet deceased, but they gave a performance so perfect it defies words.

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