Jesy was a member of the little mix a British girl group . She is being dragged for black fishing after some social media users criticised her appearance in the video for her debut solo track, Boyz.
Blackfishing is when a non-black person tries to appear black – but has denied using fake tan.
During today’s Instagram Live stream with superstar rapper Nicki Minaj, who features on Boyz, Jesy explained that she had been to Antigua in the weeks before the video shoot. Which is why she had a darker skin tone.
During the livestream, The 30 year old Jesy said:. “I personally want to say that my intention was never, ever to offend people of color with this video and my song because like I said, growing up as a young girl, this is the music that I listened to. These are the videos that I watched and thought were the best. For me personally, ’90s/2000 hip hop, R&B music was the best era of music. I just wanted to celebrate that. I just wanted to celebrate that era of music because it is what I love.”
She added: “My intention was never, ever, ever want to offend anyone and genuinely it actually does really hurt me that I may have offended people and actually, like, hurt people’s feelings just by genuinely celebrating something that I love.”
Jesy said she is fortunate to easily tan when in the sun and told Minaj that Leigh-Anne had previously commented on her ability to tan.
And Jesy also defended her naturally curly hair after complaints she had changed her style in the Boyz music video.
She added:. “I genuinely didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, because I’ve got naturally curly hair.”
Addressing the alleged comments from Leigh-Anne about blackfishing, Jesy said:. “It’s just hard for me because I was in a group with two women of colour for nine years and it was never brought up to me up until the last music video I did with them.”
Minaj defended Nelson and appeared to aim several barbs at the members of Little Mix.