- Love Island viewers have noticed a disproportionate amount of this year's contestants are models, which is quite absurd when you think about it.
- Fans have taken to Twitter to call out the lack of job diversity, encouraging a better range of careers in the villa.
The debate surrounding Love Island's diversity issue is long standing, and not one that that has gone unnoticed this series. Viewers in their thousands have taken to social media to voice their opinions on the lack of body diversity, commenting on how the 16 contestants currently in the house resemble similar body types.
"Think it’s an absolute disgrace that Love Island, a show with so much access to impressionable young people, has such a lack of body diversity," one person wrote on Twitter, while another added, "Everybody has got the same body type in Love Island apart from Anna, not all men like the same body type. Show us some body diversity!! #LoveIsland."
Considering the average body size for a woman in the UK is a 16, Love Island certainly isn't reflective of the bodies we see every day. But what is even less proportionate is the number of Islanders who are models - five out of 15 - leading for fans to call for more career diversity.
Yep, a third of the contestants currently in the villa say modelling is their main job - Tom Walker, Jordan Hames, Maura Higgins, Danny Williams and Lucie Donlan (and it becomes six if we count Callum Macloud, who was the first Islander to leave the villa).
This hasn't gone down well with viewers. "What is it with Love Island producers always choosing models to go into the villa? There is definitely a lack of body diversity At least 50% of the islanders are models You don’t have to be perfect to be BEAUTIFUL #LoveIsland," one person wrote.
What is it with Love Island producers always choosing models to go into the villa🤔 There is definitely a lack of body diversity🚻 At least 50% of the islanders are models⛔️ You don’t have to be perfect to be BEAUTIFUL🌸 #Loveisland- Cerys (@m1ss_l3ak3) June 17, 2019
Why is everyone on Love Island this year a model? 😴 Where are the doctors, hairdressers, bomb disposalists and pen sellers 🤷🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/VKce89qtRK- Maddie Eidmans (@MadelineEidmans) June 17, 2019
I keep hearing about having more body-diversity. Nah we need more job-diversity.- MattCalloway (@MattCalloway62) June 16, 2019
They’re either: Models, Dancers, People on planes, Athletes or Fitness Instructors. Can we get some Police Officers, Soldiers, Accountants etc on there? Tired of hearing “I’m a Model” #LoveIsland
Why is love island picking models and influencers to be on the show? This is NOT a true representation of the REAL world + every girl in there is at least a size 4-10... where are the sizes 12+ at? #notinclusive #loveisland- Chloe Stirling (@CloStirling) June 18, 2019
Why are the last 3 guys to enter the villa models? #Loveisland- Carrie-Ann Oliveira (@carriearrieanni) June 18, 2019
Another added, "I keep hearing about having more body diversity. Nah we need more job-diversity. They’re either: models, dancers, people on planes, athletes or fitness instructors. Can we get some police officers, soldiers, accountants etc on there? Tired of hearing 'I’m a Model' #LoveIsland."
Responding to claims that Love Island failed to consider diversity, ITV2 released a statement which reads as follows:
"We endeavour to have a diverse range of contestants appearing on the programme."
Love Island's spokesperson went on to reiterate: "The only stipulations are that applicants are over 18, single and looking for love." So while being a model isn't necessary to get into the villa, it maybe helps.
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