Jesy Nelson shares personal body image and mental health struggles in new doc

Jesy Nelson is exploring body image and mental health in the age of social media in a new documentary for the BBC.

The Little Mix singer, who herself has been the victim of cruel online jibes about her figure, says the project is about a subject close to her heart.

She added in a statement: “I’m delighted to be working with the BBC on a documentary that will both challenge me personally and also highlight a hugely important issue affecting young people today.”

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The film, Jesy Nelson: My Story, will premiere on BBC Three before screening on BBC1.

The 27-year-old further opened up to British newspaper Metro about life as a celebrity in the Instagram era.

“It’s all very filtered — it’s not real,” she shrugged. “We just want to make our fans know that being themselves is enough. They don’t need to look on Instagram and see all these filtered pictures and think, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to look like that’.”

Jesy and her bandmates, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, are all heavy Instagram users, and have amassed a following of more than 24 million people between their separate accounts.

They regularly post sultry, filtered snaps, but Jesy admits she’s glad social media wasn’t around when she was growing up.

“Obviously, we never had that as kids. I think if we did we’d be very, very insecure as young girls. For us, as a group, it’s so important to get that message across,” she said.

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