Love Island star Maya Jama reveals why she couldn't be a contestant

'Love Island' host Maya Jama is happy to focus on presenting.

Maya Jama

Maya Jama would be far too shy to be a 'Love Island' contestant.

The 28-year-old star is the host of the ITV dating show and while she's frequently in the villa to bring news of dumpings and recouplings, she wouldn't want to put herself out there "in a bikini" being judged on her looks after being "not even considered remotely hot" during her "whole school years".

She told British Vogue magazine: "I would not be able to, at any age, strut out of the house in a bikini in front of men that are judging me based on just one sentence and what I look like.

"The confidence of the people that go on! They’ve got a different kind of juice.”

Maya also addressed complaints over the casting for the show, with people calling for more diversity.

While she noted "you can't please everybody", she admitted: "I don’t know. I always want to watch any show and be like, ‘There’s someone from everywhere.’ ”

Although the star has widespread appeal with fans around the country, she revealed her friends keep her grounded.

She laughed: “My friends take the p***, saying, ‘She’s the people’s princess'. Can you imagine? I wouldn’t last a day.

“The people that do really like me, I feel like they see a bit of themselves in me. And then the other people are like, ‘Who the f*** is this b**** and what does she even do?’”

Maya - who previously dated rapper Stormzy - weighed in on speculation about her love life as she has been linked to plenty of big name stars, but she has always tried to keep her personal life under wraps.

She explained: "At the end of the day, I am a TV host. I’m a presenter, I’m not a reality star.

"I’m not someone that puts all my business out there.

"I’ve never really offered up my personal life, I’ve just done my job and that’s kind of come with it. So I think I do have a right to keep some bits private.”

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