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Maya Jama On Celebrating Her Imperfections, Finding Massive Success
Maya Jama On Celebrating Her Imperfections, Finding Massive Success On Her Own Terms, And Stormzy
Maya Jama On Celebrating Her Imperfections, Finding Massive Success On Her Own Terms, And Stormzy
 
           
 
At 24 years old, Maya Jama is already a successful television presenter
 
At 24 years old, Maya Jama is already a successful television presenter and a rising star at BBC 1 Radio, and she has no plans of stopping there. “The thing I get asked most is, ‘How are you so yourself? How do I get that confidence?’” she tells executive fashion news editor Olivia Singer in the June 2019 issue of Vogue. “I always respond, ‘Do whatever you would do if nobody was watching; don’t ever hold yourself back because of other people.’ Sometimes I have to sit back and catch my breath a little bit. Hopefully this is the beginning of everything. Whatever I can do, I want to do it – because why the f*ck not?”
 
It’s a powerful attitude
It’s a powerful attitude – made all the more impressive by the fact that Jama’s path to stardom has been difficult in many ways. Opening up about cutting ties with her father as a teenager, she reveals, “I just felt like, if you can’t even make the effort to stay out of jail, why am I making the effort to go and see you?” It was while briefly reunited with him for a documentary in 2017 that she had an epiphany: “Meeting up with him made me realise, I don’t really know you. You’re more like a stranger with the same features as me.”
 
Vogue’s As Stormzy’s girlfriend, Jama is one half of Britain’s most beloved millennial power couple
Then, of course, there’s the small matter of her relationship. As Stormzy’s girlfriend, Jama is one half of Britain’s most beloved millennial power couple. “We didn’t ever want to do the whole [couple] goals thing together,” she explains. “But, after keeping things low-key for so long, we ended up living together, being in the same places together. It was gonna come out, and it did. It is what it is.”
 
it’s that down-to-earth attitude that has propelled Jama to mega stardom
In large part, it’s that down-to-earth attitude that has propelled Jama to mega stardom. Case in point: the 822K followers who hang on every one of her candid Instagram posts. As for whether she’s consciously trying to break down the illusion of female “perfection” by sharing refreshingly candid images? “If I own my imperfections, then nobody can make me feel bad about them. I’m not giving anyone else the power. With me there’s no surprises.”
 
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Stormzy VOSSI BOPs Music Scene
 
Stormzy and Maya Jama Are Changing the Face of London’s Music Scene
Stormzy and Maya Jama Are Changing the Face of London’s Music Scene
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The pair met three years ago through work, and live together in West London. Maya Jama wears Alexander McQueen. Stormzy wears an Adidas Originals jacket and Burberry T-shirt and jeans
 
Park Chinois, an absurdly over-the-top Chinese restaurant in Mayfair, London’s most chichi neighborhood, is exactly the kind of place you expect to find your average celebrities and wannabes. So it is very much not the kind of place true originals like grime superstar Stormzy, 24, and his girlfriend, Maya Jama, 23, a rising TV and radio presenter, usually hang out.
 
Maya Jama, 23, a rising TV and radio presenter
“No, not at all, man,” says Stormzy, known to his mother as Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., surveying the restaurant’s purple, gold, and velvet decor when we meet in the downstairs bar. It is not, he says, their “kind of scene.”
 
The reason we’re here is that it is now almost impossible for the couple to go out in public in London, where they are harassed for selfies at every turn. Grime—which can, very roughly, be defined as British hip-hop—is still pretty niche in America, but in Britain it is absolutely huge, and this is in large part thanks to Stormzy. His astonishingly catchy and surprisingly beautiful album, Gang Signs & Prayer, released last year, was the first full-on grime album to reach number one in the British pop charts.
 
Gang Signs & Prayer, released last year
Stormzy’s truth, from ordering McDonald’s to making political statements, is what his fans love about him, and not just in Britain. Kanye West is a big grime fan—Stormzy performed live with him in London in 2015, which helped raise Stormzy’s American profile. He played Coa­chel­la and Glastonbury last year, and while the crowd was smaller in the U.S., it was no less passionate. To Stormzy’s visible astonishment, the audience shouted his distinctly London-centric lyrics right back to him. For example, “I’m so London, I’m so South/Food in the ends like there ain’t no drought,” a reference to his origins in South London and his brief career as a small-time drug (“food”) dealer.
 
Occasionally dressed by Burberry, Stormzy is more often in streetwear
Occasionally dressed by Burberry, Stormzy is more often in streetwear—today he’s in his favorite outfit, an all-black tracksuit by Blanks Factory and black Adidas trainers. “In my head no one can see me, but if you’re walking down the street and there’s a six-foot-five guy who’s all in black, you’re probably going to notice that,” he admits.
 
Jama is known on the red carpet for fun, short dresses in bright colors
A pinup for young women, Jama is known on the red carpet for fun, short dresses in bright colors. “I’m flying tonight, though, so I’m not very fashion today. I’ve gone for comfort,” she says, but she looks terrific: She’s wearing glittery hoop earrings, a short fake-fur jacket, a fashion-forward oversize hoodie from ASOS, black leggings, and white Adidas sneakers. Together they make a supremely cool pair.
 
Stormzy and Jama have used their platforms to talk about personal subjects that matter to them
What makes them even cooler is the fact that both Stormzy and Jama have used their platforms to talk about personal subjects that matter to them. Jama has spoken of the pain she felt as a child when her father served multiple jail sentences. (She is no longer in touch with him.) “When I was starting out I felt a bit nervous about people finding out, because I thought they’d think less of me,” she says. “But then I decided I should be that person that speaks about it.” Last year she made a critically acclaimed documentary, When Dad Kills: Murderer in the Family, about children of fathers who are incarcerated, or addicts.
 
Stormzy, too, was raised without his father, who abandoned him, his two sisters
Stormzy, too, was raised without his father, who abandoned him, his two sisters, and his mother when he was a child. He revisits this relationship and his rage about it in “Lay Me Bare,” a track he has described as “cathartic.” Last year, in a TV interview, he also revealed that he had suffered from depression, which he has written about in his music: “Like, man, I get low sometimes, so low sometimes/Airplane mode on my phone sometimes/Sittin’ in my house with tears in my face/Can’t answer the door to my bro sometimes.”
 
Newspapers called this candor “a game changer” in reducing the stigma around mental-health issues. Today he still looks a little shocked at the impact his words had: “I’m superproud in the sense that what I said was able to touch people. But I really didn’t enjoy being the poster boy. I’m still going through it and trying to deal with it,” he says.
 
In conversation, Stormzy is serious and engaged
In conversation, Stormzy is serious and engaged. He considers each question carefully and answers slowly. Jama, by contrast, is bright and bubbly, talking nineteen to the dozen. When recalling how they got together in 2014, he says simply, “We met in October, then we were going out by January.” Jama, however, goes into endearingly girlish detail:
 
“We met at Red Bull Culture Clash,”
“We met at Red Bull Culture Clash,” she says, referring to the global-music event where rap, grime, and EDM crews compete against one another. “You know, if I’m really honest, I knew I fancied him from the start. But I didn’t want anything yet, because, you know, you’re trying to do the whole friend situation first, and then I’d do, like, obvious hints that I fancied him and then take it back because I didn’t know if he definitely liked me. It was a childish phase. And then one day we just kissed, and that was that!”
 
And then one day we just kissed, and that was that!”
“It was three years and one month ago exactly,” adds Stormzy.
 
Jama, who grew up in Bristol, has steadily built a reputation as a front woman on TV and radio. At sixteen she moved to London, where she set up her own YouTube channel and was hired by MTV. She was recently a host for the popular Saturday-night TV game show Cannonball and is soon to appear on Sky One’s extreme-sports program Revolution.
 
Jama has steadily built a reputation as a front woman on TV and radio
Stormzy came to fame more abruptly. He attended a notoriously tough school in the London suburb of Croydon and worked briefly as a manager on an oil rig, watching grime videos during his lunch break. He’d always loved music and performed where he could. In 2014, he released an independent EP. Instantly, without even having a record deal, he began getting awards and bookings on national TV.
 
Stormzy came to fame more abruptly
He and Jama have worked together several times: Jama interviewed him on her drive-time radio show, and she appears in the video for his single “Big for Your Boots,” in which the two of them are hanging out—where else?—in a takeaway fast-food joint. He dedicated his song “Birthday Girl” to her.
 
He dedicated his song “Birthday Girl” to her.
“It’s the nicest present you can get from someone because it lasts forever,” she says with a smile.
 
They live together in West London, though with both of their careers taking off, they’re rarely there at the same time: He’s now working on a second album. After our interview, she was due to fly to New York to shoot a campaign, her first American modeling job. So with such busy schedules, what keeps the two of them together?
 
“The fact that we love each other. That’s the main thing, right?” Jama says.
“Yeah,” Stormzy agrees.
 
And do they make plans for the future? Both recoil a little.
 
“We’re 23, 24 years old; we don’t make plans!” Jama laughs. “Just carry on floating. We’ll see where it takes us.”
 
Read more at: Stormzy and Maya Jama Are Changing the Face of London’s Music Scene
 
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