Season 5 of Love Island still seems to be lacking body diversity (Picture: ITV Picture Desk)Love Island fans were once again disappointed by the lack of body diversity in the 2019 line-up on Monday night.
Calls for a more representative group were led by former contestants Alexandra Cane and Malin Andersson who were left scratching their heads when the 12 new stars were revealed just one week before the launch.
The line-up features a ballroom dancer, a boxing champion and a surfer, even though it was claimed that islanders of ‘all shapes and sizes’ would be featured in this year’s show.
Alexandra Cane was standing up for the curvy girls on Monday (Instagram/Alexandra Cane)
Malin Andersson was left wondering where the diversity was (Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock)Reacting to the cast photos, last year’s ‘curvy’ contestant Alexandra tweeted: ‘Where the curvy girls at?’
And her feelings were shared by Love Island 2016 star Malin, who said: ‘And I thought they would have some diversity. Meh.’
Fans noticed that mental health campaign Jada Sezer – previously heavily tipped to be the competition’s first plus-size contestant – was absent from the line-up on Monday.
The model also pretty much confirmed she was not on her way to the villa when she ran a 10k in her underwear in London on Monday.
Malin was one of the first to praise ITV2 bosses for signing Jada last week, saying: ‘So they DO listen.’
But Malin wasn’t the only one left feeling disappointed by the unrepresentative bunch as her thoughts were echoed across Twitter.
Some viewers felt so strongly that they threatened to boycott the show, but many said that realistically they would still be obsessed when it launched on Monday.
Others suggested that the line-up looked like it had been handpicked from Instagram and modelling agencies.
It is true that many of the contestants already have strong connections to fame and former contestants.
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And fans may recognise new contestant Lucie Donlan from 2018 star Charlie Frederick’s Instagram profile.
The surfer beauty dated Charlie for a few weeks after he left the villa last year.
Then there’s beauty therapist Amber Gill who has links to former islanders and Newcastle natives, Adam Collard and Ellie Brown.
Love Island returns to ITV2 on Monday 3rd June at 9pm. Love Island: Aftersun returns the following Sunday.
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