Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out

Article excerpt

When Jesy Nelson won The X Factor as a member of Little Mix in 2011, it was meant to be the best day of her life. Instead, it was the worst: her self-esteem was at an all-time low. "I wasn't known as just one of the singers in Little Mix," she tells us. "I was known as the fat, ugly one." Winning a record deal barely mattered when she was constantly scrutinised for her appearance. "How have I just won The X Factor, and all I want to do is just go back to my normal life?"

In this documentary, Nelson revisits the comments she received about her looks and explains the extent of their impact on her, including body dysmorphia, extreme dieting, a spell of severe depression and a suicide attempt. Nelson, 28, is still unhappy with her appearance, cringing at old photographs and, on the set of a recent music video shoot, calling herself "a fat, ugly rat". Her boyfriend says he never sees her without makeup. …

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