Yes, Love Island need to work on their diversity, but here's why it's okay
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With the temperatures rising we are all set to start dreaming of the perfect summer; enchanting destinations, unlimited cocktails and maybe even summer love. Although a good majority of us are still bound to our work desks, every year a few lucky individuals get to experience all of that, for free, while we watch from rainy England. Of course, I'm talking about Love Island and whatever you say, I know you’ve been watching it. At the very least you've been sneakily reading about the contestants, thinking “how did THEY get picked?” It seems this question has been extremely popular this year and Twitter has noticed one major plot hole; all the contestants look the same. In today’s changing society where body positivity is constantly making headlines, it seems strange that Love Island would not do more to please the public and cast at least a few people who don’t resemble a Barbie or Ken doll. However, although all of us would love to see some diversity, there are a number of reasons why the Love Island contestants may have to all look the same and why our own confidence shouldn't be dictated by them. Body confidence All body types are gorgeous, but on Love Island everyone is toned, tanned and no-doubt in perfect shape. Let’s admit it, the guys and girls there are not unhealthily skinny and they’d hardly make it on the fashion runway. However, they’re not plus size either; they are people who go to the gym a lot, spend a lot of time working on their bodies and, as a result, love showcasing them. It requires an extraordinary level of body confidence to be able to subject yourself to 24/7 camera surveillance when walking around in a swimsuit. While everyone, regardless of size, should have the same confidence its undeniable that many of us would spend our time in the villa focusing on one tiny imperfection, scared that it might be noticed. Although society is beginning to accept the idea of thick thighs and stretch marks, it is no surprise that the number of applications from people with differing body shapes might have been pretty low, especially given the uniformity of past contestants. Not everyone on the show even applied Have you noticed how the majority of the contestants already have big Instagram followings, affairs with second-rate celebrities and a minor history of trying to be on TV? Although some of the cast are genuinely found through the application Love Island producers actively scout social media, to ensure the widest possible outreach for all the drama. So even if you did apply, you might not have been popular enough for them, regardless of body type.
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