Maya Jama on why she had to stop editing her Instagram pictures

Jennifer Savin
·2-min read

Presenter Maya Jama has opened up about how social media and filters can have a negative impact on mental health and self-esteem, saying that she always tries to offset her "super glam" grid with more candid Instagram Stories.

During an interview with BBC 3 ahead of the new series of Glow Up, she explained, "I am super aware that if you didn't follow me or you just glanced at my Instagram quickly and saw the super glam pictures, you're not going to know that it took four hours and there's a team of us." She added,"I try and say, 'Look, I pay people to help me look like this, I don't wake up like that'."

The TV host also shared her concerns for those growing up in a world where filters and Photoshopping images is the norm – and acknowledged how over-editing can even lead you to the point where you, err, kind of start to forget what you actually look like.

Maya said that during lockdown, she found herself stuck in a bit of a loop when it came to filters and at one point, became scarily used to them. "I've tried to stay away, but there was one stage in lockdown when I was using them loads," she explained, adding that she then did an Instagram Story on quitting them.

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"I did a story saying I'm going to stop using them because you end up getting used to it, and then, when you don't have them on you think 'actually I don't really like how that looks' and it warps your own mind," she explained. "So I've tried to cut down."

Maya then got real about an issue that so many other social media users have experienced too, saying, "[Filters are] tricky because we like looking cute but you don't want to question your own face because of a cartoon one Instagram is giving you."

Lastly, when discussing the pressures many people face and why it's more necessary than ever for celebrities to be honest about their looks, she said, "Instagram makes us feel like we're so connected and that can cause a lot of pressure – that's why I think transparency [about glam teams] is really important." Hard agree.

We applaud your honesty, Maya! ❤️

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