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The host’s fashion choices are ticking all our boxes.
You know you have reached peak level of fame when there are whole Instagram accounts dedicated to charting fashion moments. Consider, if you will, the Sex And The The City (and, ofc, And Just Like That) cast, the endless deepdives into Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton’s sartorial choices, or even that fleeting but bright celebration of Connell’s chain. Well, there’s a new star in town: Maya Jama’s Love Island wardrobe.
When Jama made her debut as the new Love Island host, the reaction was unanimous. “Is Maya Jama allowed to win?” asked one fan, while another echoed: “Just give Maya Jama the 50k now.” And it is hard to argue with the facts. In the first episode alone, the 28-year-old wowed viewers with not one, but three, show-stopping outfits. And truth be told, we should have known to expect bombshell ‘fits. Long before Love Island began, Jama cultivated a niche wardrobe with her stylists Rhea Francois and Georgia Medley. Recall that exquisite beige-on-beige look and her black strapless dress from the Fashion Awards in December 2022, though there’s plenty more fashion fabulousness where that came from.
Born and raised in Bristol to a Somali father and a Swedish mother, Jama is the first person of colour to host the reality TV show. “Growing up, I never saw an East African woman host a show, and no Black or mixed-race woman hosts such a big primetime TV show, other than June Sarpong. This is definitely a big moment for all of us in that sense, and I hope it just opens way more doors for other people from similar backgrounds and cultures as myself,” Jama told British Vogue.
While the Islanders donned sparkly bikinis in the South African villa, the presenter didn’t hold back with her slow-mo moments. (And the Instagram account dedicated to her is @mayajama_closet, by the way.) If, like us, you’re obsessed with Jama’s Love Island looks and hope to get your hands on them, here are all the outfits she’s worn on Love Island so far. Enjoy!
The Red Knit Look
Jama was a vision in red as she stepped out of the helicopter to enter the villa for the very first time in a knitted halter crop top and matching cut-out mini skirt. Snug and sultry, perfect for the sunny South African beaches, Jama’s co-ord set sent Twitter into a flurry. Created by London-based knitwear designer Crolage, the outfit costs £200 and you can find it right here.
The Green Ombré Dress
Of course, Jama switched up her look on the walk from the helicopter to the pool side of the villa, opting for an elegant green slip dress. Straight out of Roberto Cavalli’s Resort 2023 collection, the green and blue tie dye halter gown with a mermaid ruffle at the hem is a showstopper like no other. While the piece is unavailable on the luxury brand’s website, a similar gown in leopard print costs £1,350 and you can find it here.
The Dress That Ruffles Feathers
Finally, when it was time to introduce us to the contestants, Jama stepped out in yet another gorgeous outfit: a bold blue maxi dress covered with orchids and topped with dramatic ruffle sleeves. The dress is created by British clothing brand Rat & Boa and costs £225. Get one for yourself while it’s in stock here.
The Black Bombshell Dress
Apologies to Love Island bombshell Tom Clare, but all attention was on Jama in this dramatic cutout dress as she introduced him in the final segment of the first episode. The presenter’s minimal halter neck gown is designed by Lebanese brand Mônot and costs £1,576. You can also find it at a discount for £787.50 here.
The Pink Cut Out Dress
For her first episode hosting Aftersun, Jama opted for a stunning off-the-shoulder hot pink dress, which cut out across the waist and back, with matching strappy heels. And for those looking to recreate this bold look, the Isla Knit Midi Dress is by the brand Hanifa and is currently on sale for £188.
The Vintage D&G Corset Dress
Hosting her second episode of Aftersun, Jama provided a total ‘00s flashback with her black corset dress accentuated with eyelet lace-ups. This particular look is a Dolce & Gabbana dress that debuted in the fashion house’s 2003 Spring/Summer collection and costs a whopping £2,250. You can buy a similar Dolce & Gabbana midi dress on Yoox for a discounted £1,110.
The Optical Illusion Dress
Dropping back into the villa to announce that double dumping, Jama wore a jaw-dropping dress with a wet-draped look. Designed by Syndical Chamber, the “Golden Blood Draped” gown incorporates a double-layered mesh design creating an optical illusion. If you want this dress in your wardrobe, it retails at £349 and you can buy it here.
The Cobalt Blue Trousers
For Aftersun, Jama wowed viewers with metallic blue latex trousers paired with a purple PVC corset. The shiny number comes courtesy of New York fashion designer LaQuan Smith, per the Daily Mail, and was styled by Rhea Francis. The top is available here at Flannels for £355, while the bottoms can be purchased at Net-A-Porter for £864.50.
The Leather On Leather Look
In the next episode of Aftersun, Jama paired a faux leather cut-out halter top with matching trousers; both pieces in the set by British brand Milo Maria. The host also made a funny TikTok with her glam squad — including stylist Rhea Francis, hairstylist Jay Birmingham, and makeup artist Letitia Sophia — to show off the bold look. You can find both the £350 Madonna Top and £450 Madonna Flared Trousers on Milo Maria’s website.
Red Hot Like Casa Amor
For the pretty chaotic Casa Amor recouplings, Jama donned a sultry red on red cut out ensemble that was sure to have heads turning. She paired a LaQuan Smith draped geometric bodysuit with their figure-hugging velvet maxi skirt which teased a slit up the thigh. Unfortunately, both items are out of stock.
The Bodycon Mesh Dress
While in conversation with the recently evicted Martin Akinola on Aftersun, Jama wore a bodycon printed dress by designer and Central Saint Martins graduate Maximilian Raynor. She paired the futuristic mesh dress with delicate green sequin sandals and a soft wavy hairdo. And if you want to recreate the look? The dress is available to order via DM on Maximilian Raynor’s Instagram.
Dancer Emoji Vibes
Crashing the Islander’s beach club party, Jama wore a ruffled orange mini dress with a plunging neckline that gave total dancer emoji vibes. Designed by Fanci Club, the Garden of Eden dress has also been worn by Dua Lipa in a hot pink shade. It’s not clear whether the dress is available to buy in the UK, but you can rent it for £150 via By Rotation.
The Slashed Harness Dress
Jama looked absolutely stunning in Alexander McQueen’s Slashed Harness dress on Aftersun. The Love Island host kept the look simple, accentuating it with a pair of Pearl Blossom Drop earrings by Lyner. You can buy the Slashed Harness dress via Farfetch for £1,540, and the earrings for £130 through Lyner.
The Ocean-Themed Dress
For the final episode of Aftersun (which was hosted in South Africa), Jama went all out in a gold sequined Clio Peppiatt cocktail dress adorned with a variety of sea-themed appliqués. And if this dress wasn’t show stopping enough? The bottom hem has light pink feathers, which Jama matched with pink eyeshadow. The ‘Martini Dress is available to buy from Clio Peppiatt but will set you back £1550.
The Melted Dress
Opting for a custom-made Di Petsa cut out maxi dress, Jama looked as though she was fresh out of the ocean and ready to host the Love Island 2023 finale. The deep ‘melted’ burgundy dress was paired with gold strappy heels, gold jewellery, and her hair in long waves. You may recognise this dress as the same one that singer Ciara wore to the Vanity Fair Oscars 2022 after party. If you too want this dress custom made by Di Petsa, it will cost you £3000.
The Sheer Black Blazer
Last but not least, Jama wore a busty, sheer black blazer and trouser combo during the Aftersun reunion. Looking sleek and sophisticated, the Love Island host paired the outfit with black eyes and an eye-popping white manicure. Designed by Mugler, the corset blazer will set you back £1870, which you can buy here via Net-A-Porter.
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