‘I’m going to wear what I want – and that’s that!’ Maya Jama defiantly vows to continue stepping out in racy outfits after facing barrage of criticism
Maya Jama has defended her penchant for wearing sexy clothing, after facing a barrage of criticism for her racy ensembles onscreen.
The radio and TV personality, 26, has long enjoyed accentuating her curves in figure-hugging and barely-there outfits, but as her fame grew so, too, did the criticism.
Speaking about getting before going before cameras again as the new host of BBC Three make-up contest Glow Up, she told The Sun: ‘I can’t bl**dy wait. I’ve already planned my outfits for the first day of release like I’ve been in jail.’
Standing her ground: Maya Jama has defended her penchant for wearing sexy clothing, after facing a barrage of criticism for her racy ensembles onscreen
She continued: ‘I’m going to wear what I want, as usual, and that’s how I’m going to stay. To be honest, I’ve always dressed this way. It only became a topic recently, so I’m just going to continue. And that’s that.’
Last year, Maya insisted she will dress how she wants ‘no matter what size I am’ as she hits back about the furore over her revealing outfits on BBC1 series Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer.
She accused critics, some of whom threatened to report her to the BBC, of ‘hyper sexualising’ her body rather than celebrating the fact a woman was fronting a primetime show during a Twitter riposte in June.
Several months on, the former Radio One DJ still finds it ‘weird’ her revealing outfits caused such a stir – and made some people feel ‘awkward’.
Catching the eye: The radio and TV personality, 26, has long enjoyed accentuating her curves in figure-hugging and barely-there outfits, but as her fame grew so, too, did the criticism
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Maya said: ‘I’ve always worn the same thing but when I was slimmer nobody commented on it and as soon as you have got a fuller figure people are shocked and insulted by your body, so I found it ridiculous.
‘I’ve been wearing the same outfits, the same cut tops, my entire career and there was never really that many comments on it until I started putting on a bit of weight.
‘I was like “Gosh, if you’re shocked at boobs or even just a bit of cleavage on telly, I don’t know how people cope when they go to the swimming pool or the beach because there’s a lot more boobs on show there”.
‘It’s a woman’s body – I don’t feel like it should cause such outrage. I’m going to continue to dress how I’ve always dressed no matter what size I am.’
My prerogative: Late last year, Maya insisted she will dress how she wants ‘no matter what size I am’ as she hits back about the furore over her revealing outfits on TV
Maya’s brutal take down of her detractors shows how much of a thick skin she’s developed since making her TV breakthrough on MTV in 2014.
She admits during her late teens such nasty comments would have ‘ruined my day’ but now she doesn’t let the abuse bother her.
Maya, who received praise for her presenting alongside the former England striker on the BBC1 series, explained: ‘The internet is outrage city. In real life, people wouldn’t say those things.
‘I just have to laugh now, I don’t let those things bother me as much as they used to.
‘I know people are angry and when they’re online they want an outlet, and it’s people in the public eye who they want to go for. It is what it is.’
‘It’s a woman’s body’: In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the star opened up for the first time about the furore sparked by her fashion choices on Peter Crouch show Save Our Summer
Another reason why Maya refuses to get bogged down by the abuse is because she’s happy with her body shape, which she regularly showcases to her 1.9 million followers on Instagram.
Indeed, having fluctuated during her career, she knows which type she prefers.
Maya said: ‘Everybody has got different ideas of what they have as an ideal body shape, some people want to look really skinny, some people want to look really curvy, some people don’t care, some people really do care.
‘It depends on each person, it’s subjective. So I just do what makes me happy and in terms of my body, I prefer myself as fuller.
‘Other people have their own opinions on how they prefer me to look but I’m certainly not letting that influence my own ideas.’
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