Stereotypically 'perfect' bodies on the show has led many to feel that only this type of body will be able to find love, or even lust. It's a hugely damaging notion that's being perpetuated/
According to analysts from the Children’s Society, boys are catching up with girls in the numbers of them suffering from low confidence and self-esteem.
Its annual 'Good Childhood' report revealed that over 200,000 children in the UK alone are unhappy with their lives as a whole, with looks playing a large role in their moods.
Shockingly, one-in-12 boys aged 10 to 15 are unhappy with their appearance.
Richard Crellin, policy and research manager in mental health and wellbeing at the Children’s Society, told The Times:
"They talked a lot about the pressure to go the gym and have a great body. They talked about the men they see on social media and Love Island … about how people are always working out on that show."
One teen in the report said he felt pressure to live up to the built men he watched on TV "You see all these models, you see all these weightlifters, body-builders, and you look at yourself and you're like, 'I look like a stick.'
"I feel like we’re exposed to a lot more so we are less secure about our appearance."
Love Island bosses vetoed having plus-sized Islanders, causing frustration among fans and body activists alike.
Speaking to The Sun, the show's boss Richard Cowles said: “We try and be as representative and diverse as possible but first and foremost it’s an entertainment show.
"It’s about people wanting to watch and them reacting and falling in love with another. Yes, we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another."
This basically implies that plus-sized people won't attract any other contestants, so that comment didn't exactly go down well…
The star is currently in Los Angeles, taking part in photoshoots apparently for the brand.
The influencer is said to have dined out with PrettyLittleThing boss Umar Kamani, and is following in the footsteps of some names like Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Hailey Baldwin, by partnering with the brand.
A source told The Sun: "This is a huge deal not only for Molly-Mae, but PrettyLittleThing too. It’s one of their biggest collections to date."
"Molly-Mae had a huge following even before Love Island, so they were desperate to land her, whatever it cost."
Her boyfriend Tommy has clearly been pining for his girlfriend, showing his love for her to the world by commenting, "How can you be so perfect?" on her Instagram photos.
Fellow Islander Maura Higgins agreed, saying: "Exactly what @tommytntfury said". Molly-Mae looks set to rake in the most money in sponsorships so far, but Amber has already signed up for Dancing On Ice.
We're sure Anton was pretty terrified when the video came to light after finding out that Belle's dad is gangster actor Tamer Hassan…
The star joked that he would parachute into the villa if Anton ever hurt his beloved daughter, and we believe him.
Anton hadn't had any luck with the ladies until Belle arrived, and he hit it off with her dad immediately. Anton's mum is also a fan of Belle, offering her a razor to shave his bum as a special gift. How…quaint.
"So I didn't apply for the show, no. I was contacted on Instagram, and so yeah that's how I joined. I was actually asked to go on the show last year but I had a boyfriend. But let's not talk about him!
"So this year I thought why not. And it worked out well I suppose." Amber met Greg only 12 days before the final, after her dramatic relationship with Michael Griffiths ended in tears.
The Newcastle beauty said she can't wait to be reunited with Greg, and is jetting to Ireland this weekend to meet his friends and family.
The likes of Chris Taylor, Belle Hassan and Joanna Chimonides were living their best lives in Ibiza without winners Greg and Amber as well as Tommy and Molly-Mae.
A source told The Sun that the runners up were "banned" from the trip as claims of their 'fake'relationship continue to follow them.
According to the insider;
"Some of the Love Island stars got a free trip to Ibiza from a clothing brand and so were able to take people with them They decided they wanted to treat their Love Island mates but they all agreed they didn’t want to invite anyone they didn’t like – such as the 'fake people'."
"A few of them were very vocal about how they think Tommy and Molly are fake – they said all they did was sleep all day in the villa and nothing else. Everyone agreed they Tommy, Molly and Amy were banned from the trip and weren’t to be invited."
Anton admitted to unfollowing Molly-Mae on Instagram, commenting during the Love Island: Reunion show: "We weren't the closest, I wouldn't say we weren't friends. I didn't choose to follow her. I wouldn't have chosen to follow her."
Anton’s bitter that molly sent him and belle home and he’s still jealous that she chose tommy over him. And because he didn’t get as far as he wanted to, he’s staying relevant by encouraging hate on a 19 year old who’s already receiving therapy. Chaldish #loveisland#mollymaepic.twitter.com/YuG43GyV63
Molly-Mae opened up to OK! Magazine about the online abuse she has received, and was upset to see Anton commenting negatively about her.
"Everyone has seen that I’ve been getting quite a lot of backlash and hate online, so for him to then add fuel to the fire was quite shocking," she commented. "I know Tommy would never do that to Belle if she was in this situation, because he’s not that type of person.
"I think it showed more about him than anyone else. It’s a shame that this has happened. It was unnecessary. I want to be able to support everyone who was on the show. We all did this together."
“I definitely will be faithful, I've always been a one woman kind of guy and Amber is a great girl.
“I’m lucky to come out with her so I can't wait to get her over here to meet my family and friends. To use the Love Island phrase, all my eggs are in Amber's basket right now, I'm only looking at her.”
Sherif Lanre, who was kicked out of the villa after a mere nine days, charges a shocking £5,000 for appearances.
Maybe because of the mystery surrounding him, but that seems like ridiculous money to us. Yewande Biala also charges £5,000, while winners Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea have yet to share an appearance fee.
The pair have the £50,000 cash prize, so they're not exactly begging for money. The cast need to make cash before their celebrity status shrinks, though.
It's fair to say that Maura Higgins has completed the best 'hot girl summer' possibly since records began.
The Longford beauty stormed into the Love Island villa, ignored the haters, expressed her views and positive attitudes to sex and nabbed Curtis Pritchard without a single f*ck to give.
We have to applaud the woman, she truly is Maura D. Higgins: Queen of Ireland.
We spoke to the legend herself at the latest Bellamianta event, which showcased stunning tinted self tan mouse, skin perfecting illuminating bronzing powder and flawless filter body makeup. The reality star has been a brand ambassador with the beauty brand for a while now, and it's fitting that it's her first event since exiting the villa.
Speaking about life since leaving the show, Maura gushes about her professional dancing beau, saying that they've barely spent any time apart. The chaotic life of newfound fame must be difficult to navigate, but she's making time for Curtis;
“I’ve not really got time to process anything, it’s just been so overwhelming and it’s just been hectic since getting out. Curtis and I have only spent one night apart, we’ve been with each other non-stop”.
The 28-year-old has landed a slot on This Morning, with her own segment involving Maura as an agony aunt. The Thursday show went down a storm, with UK viewers adoring her no nonsense approach to dating.
The star was asked about Curtis' recent interview where his bisexuality was mentioned for the first time;
“You can’t believe everything you read in the papers. I don’t read the papers, he doesn’t read the papers. We’re not going to start reading the papers now just because we’re in them. People’s opinions do not matter to us. We’re very very happy.”
Despite the fact that Maura has been with a woman, she denied claims of her own bisexuality;
“I wouldn’t, I’m 100% into guys. It was a drunken, crazy night. A bit of fun. It was a work friend.”
The grid girl's start in the Love Island villa wasn't easy, with Tommy eventually choosing Molly Mae Hague over Maura. The aftercare programme this year has escalated massively, and Maura said she was warned about the press;
"They told me at the beginning that there was a bit of hate for the way I went about things with Tommy. I don’t care what people think of me, I think everyone knows that by now. I wasn’t expecting the response I got.
“I’m so opinionated and I did expect to come out to a lot of hate. That’s the truth. I didn’t expect to last in there as long as I did. I thought I’d be out in the first three days. To get to the final, I just couldn’t believe it. And then coming out, the support has been amazing. I mean…Amy Schumer! I almost fell off my chair, that’s the truth. I still can’t believe it”.
Higgins was praised for her open and positive views on female sexuality in particular, and has become so infamous for her "fanny flutters" that even US comedian Amy Schumer professed her love. The incident with Tom Walker was what brought the entire UK's attention onto Maura, after she slammed his less than chivalrous behaviour. With the line; "Let's see if she's all mouth or not", Tom brought Storm Maura into the weather forecast and we LIVED for it.
“Just because a woman talks about sex, doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. I was never going to go into the hideaway and sleep with Tom. Making that horrible comment and assumption was out of order.”
She described her filter-free life growing up in Longford, where she could freely talk about sex with her family;
“I can talk to my mother about anything. I mean anything. I’d never be ashamed to talk about sex. When I’m talking about sex in the villa, I was so surprised with how people’s reactions were. They were so shocked, but it’s a natural thing. We all have sex. I had sex in my own house with the parents there. The way I was brought up was that you could talk about anything. I didn’t have to filter anything growing up, with my family. It’s normal to me”.
She had some strong words to say about former Islander Belle Hassan describing Maura as 'demanding' for always 'needing a cigarette'. The Longford native said Belle was "talking sh*t," and we had to laugh.
When asked if there is any truth to the make-up artist's comments, Maura said: "Absolutely not.
"They would of never ever, ever heard me looking for cigarettes. So what you do, if you want to go for a smoke, you stand at the front door, and when the gallery see you on the camera, they speak through and say 'off you go', so it's not like you're in the villa with everyone else going 'I want a cigarette!' You don't say that. You just go to the front door where nobody is, so they never would of seen me. That's absolute rubbish."
She also denied any claims of witnessing Anton and Molly-Mae's lack of communication in the villa.
The Scottish gym owner said himself and the influencer were never mates and didn't speak in the villa, and even unfollowed her on Instagram.
NEWS: Anton has revealed why he unfollowed Molly-Mae on Instagram:
“When I was in the villa my management followed every islander. On the outside I noticed Molly-Mae on my newsfeed, so I unfollowed her. I have nothing against her, we just didn’t speak in the villa.”#LoveIslandpic.twitter.com/YNdw9GYrsz