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Love Island's Jamie: I feel guilty for posting modelling pics on Instagram

Love Island's Jamie: I feel guilty for posting modelling pics on Instagram
From BBC - October 25, 2017

Love Island star Jamie Jewitt says he feels guilty that he posts photos on Instagram that "are not real".

The model says young people can get disheartened by seeing images on the social media site and he wants to show "it's just a job".

"The images are not the real me and they very rarely portray the real person," he said.

He's now writing a book and giving a talk about the effect of social media on self-esteem.

In May, Instagram was revealed to be the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health.

In response, Instagram said keeping the platform a safe and supportive place for young people was a top priority.

"Young girls and boys that I know are quite addicted to social media and get disheartened by seeing these images that are just not real," says Jamie.

"Coming from a modelling background, I thought I was part of the problem. I am trying to make people realise that it's just a job."

Jamie signed up to Instagram as part of a work contract for the reality TV show Taking New York in 2014.

He now posts regularly to his 819,000 followers - a number which ballooned following his appearance on Love Island this summer.

He says he is told by his modelling agency he has to post his photos online and will continue to do so while it's a part of his career.

"I know I will be called a hypocrite by certain people," Jamie admits.

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