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The Return of Love Island

The Return of Love Island

Love Island as we all know and love returned to our screens on Monday night. Now I love this programme as much as the next person, but I feel it’s more important than ever to address a few things in relation to Love Island. 

Now apparently this year’s cast of the show is more diverse than ever before (which is questionable) but I’m not going to get into that. I want to use this platform as a means of talking about body confidence and how us girls and guys shouldn’t let programmes such as Love Island affect the way we see ourselves and our peers. 

It’s super easy to look at the cast of Love Island and question every single thing about yourself:

Do I need to curl my hair every day to remain pretty? 

Should I wake up an hour earlier to slap my make-up on to hold up this image of myself?

If I don’t have the latest fashion trends down, does that make me unfashionable?

If I don’t spend my whole summer in a bikini, have I wasted my time?

The answer to all the above questions is NO, NO, NO! Your image does not define your self worth. I wish 5 years ago that I had known what I do now. Body image is not the be all and end all of life and the most significant factor is happiness. If you’re happy and comfortable then that’s all that matters really!

I recently read an article on Young Minds which revolved around body image, and I couldn’t have put it better myself: “your worth and value are based on far more than your physical appearance”.

If you feel like you are struggling with your body image or comparing yourself to others, just know that there are people out there who you can talk to and go to if you need to. It is completely normal to do so – trust me, we all do it. So go out there, watch Love Island if you want to, but also keep in mind that all bodies are beautiful and we should all be proud of who we are. 

Look after yourselves and remember: society does not define your beauty or your worth. 

See you all next week,

Amelia 🙂

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