Jesy Nelson, a member of the world’s biggest girl band Little Mix, will explore body image and mental health in a brand new documentary for the BBC.
“This is a project really close to my heart, and 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.” – Jesy Nelson
Jesy Nelson: My Story will look at how growing up in a social media-fuelled age of selfies, body shaming and trolling is having a profound impact on the mental health of young people.
Having lived in the spotlight and under the intense scrutiny of the media for the past seven years, Jesy will bring this unique insight and passion to the documentary, as she shares her very personal experiences and talks to young people who have been affected. The documentary will premiere exclusively on online-iPlayer based ‘channel’ BBC Three before it airs on BBC One.
“We’re delighted to be working with Jesy on what promises to be a very personal film. We hope her encounters whilst making the documentary will be helpful both to her and millions of others around the country who are going through similar experiences.” – David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment at the BBC
Little Mix formed in 2011 during the eighth series of ITV’s The X Factor. They were the first group to win the competition, and following their victory, they signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music and released a cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball as their winner’s single. As well as Jesy, other members of the female band include Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. Little Mix released their debut album DNA in 2012, which peaked inside the top 10 in ten countries including the UK and the states.
The group’s second album Salute (2013) became their second album to debut inside the top 10 in the UK and America while their fourth album Glory Days (2016) became their first number one album in the UK. The group won Best British Single for “Shout Out to My Ex” at the 2017 Brit Awards and they won Best British Video for “Woman Like Me” at the 2019 Brit Awards
“BBC Three has a rich history of delivering impactful films and we’re really pleased that we can provide a platform for Jesy to tell her story. As a young female in a successful girl band where intense scrutiny from the public is the norm, Jesy offers a unique perspective on the impact social media can have on an individual and their mental health. It promises to be an eye-opening watch, full of universal themes which will no doubt resonate with our audience.” – Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three