Leona Lewis slams Miley Cyrus and Rihanna for making twerking popular with children

The X Factor winner , 28, said her music rivals are setting a bad example to young, impressionable fans by popularising the craze.

And she has called on parents to control what videos their kids are watching on television.

She said: “Being sexual and in your face is not great for girls who are quite young. It depends what environment you’re brought up in, but personally I've got a god-daughter and little nieces and I don’t want them to see me acting crazy and naked in my music videos.

“But then when my little god-daughter is watching videos and doing all these moves, I say to my best friend ‘you need to turn that off.

"She shouldn’t be watching that’.

“So it’s up to the parents as well to be able to control what their children are watching. It’s like, ‘don’t twerk, you’re a six year old. Stop it.’”

Leona said stars such as Miley, 21, and Rihanna, 25, are just being creative by twerking – wiggling their hips and thrusting their bottoms out – but that they might regret it one day.

She said: “You can’t blame those girls, who are being young and sometimes dumb. They’re just expressing themselves how they want to.:

"Girls are not perfect, we all make mistakes."

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Apparently it's only okay if Leona is the one twerking