PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: New Love Island host Maya Jama wears a bold yellow dress as she heads to a wine bar – with her questions in hand – after a long day of filming in South Africa
She will be appearing on screens as the new Love Island host for the first time on Monday.
Wearing a bold yellow sundress with a low-back and Gucci flip-flops, fun-loving Maya carried her questions in hand after a long day of filming.
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: New Love Island host Maya Jama wore a bold yellow dress as she headed to a wine bar after a long day of filming in South Africa on Wednesday
Sunshine girl: She looked incredible in her yellow sundress which had a low-back and Gucci flip-flops
She had a smile on her face after filming pre-recorded sections of the show and stood out with a slick of bold berry lipstick.
When not busy working, no doubt Maya and the rest of the team are making the most out of the picturesque and quaint rural town of Franschoek where the show is filmed.
The presenter, 28, took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to share stunning bikini-clad selfies and ‘words of wisdom’ ahead of the ITV dating show kicking off.
Alright, let’s get straight in… who’s looking for love? A snapshot of her interview questions was visible as she walked
Perfect for the role: Maya lifted up her skirt a little as she walked down the street after a hard day’s work
Bombshell: She stood out with a slick of bold berry lipstick and gold earrings
In an array of posts, Maya said she has got ‘anything’ she ever really ‘wanted in life’ and said she is trying to ‘enjoy what’s happening right now’ rather than looking to the future.
She went on to share her ‘words of wisdom’ with her followers, urging them to write down or pray for their goals and ‘believe’ that they deserve it.
Maya also shared an insight into her trip to South Africa, where she has jetted out to for the ninth series of Love Island, with a slew of bikini-clad selfies.
Making memories: When not busy working, no doubt Maya and the rest of the team are making the most out of the picturesque and quaint rural town of Franschoek where the show is filmed
All change: Maya will be working on the show alongside ex-host Laura Whitmore’s husband Iain Stirling who will continue to do voiceover work
Getting along nicely: Maya appeared deep in conversation with the rest of the group
Has she got a text? She kept her phone in hand but left her bag back at the villa
FIRST LOOK! The new series of Love Island is set to kick off in just a matter of days
It’s getting hot in here! Like previous villas used before, most of the action in this new location is outside, with the outdoor kitchen undergoing a copper makeover for the new season
Change of plan: Pictures taken prior to the makeover revealed that the swimming pool was previously a T-shape, however it has since been split into three separate areas ahead of filming
She penned: ‘A morning thought. Sounds a bit wild but anything I’ve ever really wanted in life I’ve got but I don’t know what I want next for the first time so this is new.
‘I’m in my “enjoy what’s happening right now and think about what’s next later” bag currently.’
‘Speak out/write down/pray for what you want, work hard for it, know you believe and deserve it,’ she continued.
‘Walk away from it if it doesn’t make you feel good and don’t settle for anything that doesn’t align with it. Applies to almost anything you desire.’
‘Also a side note, you can’t be a p***k and expect good things to keep happening either lol. I live by the “don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to you” rule.’
New job: Maya recently said she has got anything she ‘ever really wanted in life’ as she soaked up in the sun in South Africa ahead of her Love Island debut as the brand new host
Sun-kissed: The presenter, 28, took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to share stunning bikini-clad selfies and ‘words of wisdom’ ahead of the ITV dating show kicking off
She concluded: ‘It’s easy to know if you’re doing something bad if you put yourself if someone who could be on the receiving end’s shoes. OK that’s enough of the words of wisdom stuff.’
Maya also shared her joy as she takes on her new job, posting a stunning selfie alongside the caption: ‘Very happy little bunny. God is cute.’
The Glow Up presenter also shared a photograph of her Love Island dressing room as she got to work ahead of Monday’s winter series launch.
Inspiring: In her posts, Maya said she has got ‘anything’ she ever really ‘wanted in life’ and said she is trying to ‘enjoy what’s happening right now’ rather than looking ahead to the future
Advice: She went on to share her ‘words of wisdom’ with her followers, urging them to write down or pray for their goals and ‘believe’ that they deserve it
Admitting she has been a fan of Love Island for years, Maya recently described the show as fun because it is like watching previous ‘holiday romances’ ‘on telly’.
Talking about what she has always loved about the show as a viewer, Maya explained that it was the first reality show other than Big Brother that she made sure she was back home at to be able to watch.
‘Everyone gets involved, everyone has opinions – from the older people in your family to the younger ones,’ she explained.
‘It’s just fun, it’s fun to see how people play out in different situations and wonder what you would do if you were in the same position.
Thrilled: Maya also shared her joy as she takes on her new job, posting a stunning selfie alongside the caption: ‘Very happy little bunny. God is cute’
Host: Maya has taken over the coveting Love Island hosting gig from Laura Whitmore and is preparing to make her debut as Love Island host at the coveted villa in South Africa
‘Most of us have had a bit of a holiday romance before and it’s like watching that on telly.’
And specifically on the topic of wanting to see Casa Amor on this series, Maya added: ‘I feel like that’s one of the best moments.
‘We’d all secretly want to know what our partner gets up to when they’re on a lads’ or girls’ holiday.’
Maya, who has recently insisted she is ‘really, really single’, has previously dated rapper Stormzy and only last year called off her engagement to NBA star Ben Simmons.
Ben popped the question over the festive period in 2021, according to reports, after a whirlwind seven-month romance.
Her relationship with Stormzy, who she dated for four years, came to an end in 2019, with Stormzy previously confessing to ‘disrespecting’ and being ‘inconsiderate’ towards her.
And the presenter, 28, called things off with basketball player Ben, 26, in August last year to focus on her career.
Maya will be hosting her first ever series of Love Island after her predecessor Laura Whitmore quit following the summer season in 2022.
In an interview last month, Laura took a swipe at Love Island as she claimed that she would still be fronting the show if she’d had more freedom in her role.
She admitted: ‘If I could [have done] things the way I wanted to, I’d probably still be doing it.’
New face: Maya will be hosting her first ever series of Love Island after her predecessor Laura Whitmore quit following the summer season in 2022
Bombshell: Love Island announced on Thursday that for the first time ever they are giving the public the chance to choose the first male or female bombshell to enter the Villa
She said she struggled to remain impartial while working on the show, admitting she sometimes wanted to voice her opinion on what had happened in the villa and ask the Islanders how they were coping following their stay.
The TV star replaced Caroline Flack as the host of the ITV dating show when she stood down in December 2019. Caroline tragically took her own life aged 40 in February 2020.
Laura – who is mother to a 20-month-old daughter with Love Island voiceover star Iain Sterling – took to social media after this year’s summer season to detail her decision, admitting she found flying back and forth from the villa ‘very difficult’.
In her statement, Laura said she was only planning to fill in for Caroline for one series, emotionally saying that she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’.
LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Tanya Manhenga
Occupation: Student and model
Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’
‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’
‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’
Name: Lana Jenkins
Occupation: Makeup artist
Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.
‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’
Name: Anna-May Robey
Occupation: Payroll assistant
Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’
‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’
‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’
Name: Tanyel Revan
Location: North London
Occupation: Hair stylist
Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’
‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’
‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’
Name: Olivia Hawkins
Occupation: Ring girl and actress
Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’
‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’
Name: Kai Fagan
Occupation: Science and PE teacher
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’
‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’
‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’
Name: Ron Hall
Occupation: Financial advisor
Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’
‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’
Name: Will Young
Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’
‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!
‘It’s a nice way to self reflect’
Name: Shaq Muhammad
Occupation: Airport security officer
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’
‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry.
That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’
Name: Haris Namani
Occupation: TV salesman
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’
‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’