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Little Mix's Jesy Nelson filming new BBC documentary about mental health awareness and the rise of body shaming and trolling in young people

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She's become an icon of female empowerment and a role model for her fans.

And Jesy Nelson has announced she had teamed up with the BBC for an upcoming documentary exploring body image and mental health, titled Jesy Nelson: My Story.

The Little Mix singer 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.

a woman standing in front of a body of water: Empowering: Jesy Nelson has announced she had teamed up with the BBC for an upcoming documentary exploring body image and mental health, titled Jesy Nelson: My Story © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Empowering: Jesy Nelson has announced she had teamed up with the BBC for an upcoming documentary exploring body image and mental health, titled Jesy Nelson: My Story

Having lived in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the media for the past seven years, the 27-year-old star will bring this unique insight and passion to the documentary.

She is set to share her very personal experiences, as well as talking to young people who have been affected.

Jesy commented: '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.'

a close up of Jesy Nelson and woman posing for a photo: Happy couple: Jesy has found love this year with Chris Hughes of Love Island fame © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Happy couple: Jesy has found love this year with Chris Hughes of Love Island fame

Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, says: '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.'

a group of people posing for the camera: Role models: Jesy, alongside her Little Mix bandmates (Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards (from left to right) has become an icon of female empowerment and a role model for her fans © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Role models: Jesy, alongside her Little Mix bandmates (Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards (from left to right) has become an icon of female empowerment and a role model for her fans

David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment at the BBC, says: '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.'

The documentary will premiere exclusively on BBC Three before it airs on BBC One.

Special announcement: Jesy teased the news on her Instagram account on Tuesday night, much to the excitement of her fans © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Special announcement: Jesy teased the news on her Instagram account on Tuesday night, much to the excitement of her fans

Jesy took to her Instagram account to announce the news, sharing a video of herself discussing the new project.

Revealing it was 'close to her heart', she introduced her passion project to fans.

The singer shared: 'Mental health awareness is something we should all be talking about more. 

Jesy Nelson smiling for the camera: Big reveal: Jesy took to her Instagram account to announce the news, sharing a video of herself discussing the new project © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Big reveal: Jesy took to her Instagram account to announce the news, sharing a video of herself discussing the new project

'Having suffered myself I decided I want to do something about it.

'So I’m pleased to announce I'm making a film with the BBC, telling my own personal story and exploring how social media, body shaming and trolling is affecting the mental health of young people.' 

Jesy has been candid about her own experience with body shaming and trolling over the years, and was viciously targeted when she was a contestant on The X Factor in 2011.

She memorably broke down during the competition as she discussed how hard it had been dealing with negative comments from complete strangers. 

a woman wearing a hat and glasses: Brave: Jesy has been candid about her own experience with trolls over the years, and was viciously targeted when she was a contestant on The X Factor in 2011 (pictured with Jade, left) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Brave: Jesy has been candid about her own experience with trolls over the years, and was viciously targeted when she was a contestant on The X Factor in 2011 (pictured with Jade, left)

Speaking in the VT at the time, she : 'People are writing a few nasty comments and it has just got to me a little bit.

'When you've got your own insecurities and then when people go and tell you and write them on websites for everyone to see it just makes you feel really rubbish.

'Being in a girl group with three beautiful girls who are a lot slimmer and smaller than me... and obviously I know I'm a lot bigger. I find it really hard when people publicise it on Twitter.'

Related: Little Mix look in-cred-ible at the BRIT Awards [Cosmopolitan UK]

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