I’ll be totally honest with you, my first thoughts when tuning into Love Island last night were that my boobs are minuscule, and I couldn’t strut around in a bikini on telly. Not without needing a beach towel for strategic placement, anyway. Social media feeds this morning have been awash with women saying they’ve felt similar.
I’ve seen women openly criticise their own figures alongside self-deprecating comments directed at bums, hips, boobs, legs and the rest. One Instagram user commented that she put down her Ben & Jerry’s immediately, as she feels so unhappy about her shape. Another referred to looking like a frump compared to Samira, Kendall, Hayley, Laura and Dani on Love Island. I totally identified with all the above, even adding in a few of my own personal insecurities.
Then I stopped and thought about it for a minute. Yes, we all fall into the comparison trap. It’s in our DNA. How often do we see ‘who wore it better’ polls and pull apart other women because, in all probability, we’re actually a bit jealous. Women have been pitted against each other since the beginning of time. That, in turn, makes us criticise ourselves. It’s an endless cycle of negativity. But, we need to stop.
As freethinking feminists, we should be without judgement. Both of our own and other women’s bodies. Feminist equality is all encompassing, and yes, I would 100% like to see an array of different body types on Love Island. The tired line that real women have curves doesn’t cut it anymore. Real women have flat chests, big boobs, imperfections and most importantly, individual personality traits.
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Yet this doesn’t need to be the point. I want to teach my daughter that body confidence comes from within and we need to step away from feeling self-critical simply by looking at others. These Love Island women are empowered and appear comfortable in their own skin. Surely as feminists this is a concept we should salute. We also need to realise that there’s a whole ton of fake tan, teeth whitening and lashes going on.
To me, feminism is standing tall, having each other’s backs and celebrating freedom of choice. Let’s strip that back for a minute and stop comparing our bodies. Instead, why can’t we be proud of everything we’ve achieved and while in that space, admire other women, too.
Love Island is classic TV and will reign supreme this summer. We’ll be seeing wall-to-wall media stories pop up covering all the Island’s tantalising events. Completely compelling viewing, whether you like it or not, these bikini-clad beauties are flying the female flag.
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So, to the woman who ditched her ice cream when the fit bods first featured on-screen, promise me you’ll pick it back up again and enjoy the show. And while you’re there, I’ll stop comparing my own body to the cast if you do, too. Let’s all lap up a bit of sunny escapism and leave the comparison alone.
After a first look at the official merchandise, the new Love Island cast of 2018 and the first couples, the time is FINALLY upon us. That's right, people, it's time to wave goodbye to your social life for eight weeks because Love Island 2018 is officially here - but it's not too late to apply for Love Island 2018 so act fast!