A blogger challenged Love Island’s beauty standards by sharing photos of herself posing in her underwear on Tower Bridge to show that saggy bellies and cellulite are ‘beautiful’ to help those left feeling insecure by the show.
Kate Nolan turned heads of commuters as she posed in lilac-coloured bra and knickers along with her crutches on the London landmark, before sharing the images last week [June 28] to coincide with the ITV show’s launch.
The 28-year-old, from Luton, Bedfordshire, urged her followers to remember that they ‘do not need to be toned, tanned and plumped in the right places’ while declaring ‘fat people are sexy’.
She felt compelled to take the stance as she believed the show is putting out an image of what many people aspire to but is ‘not obtainable for 99% of the population’.
Having been a Love Island ‘addict’ herself, Kate now refuses to watch the show as she believes it is not good for people’s mental health as she brands it a ‘self-esteem minefield’.
The blogger hopes the photos of herself turning heads in her underwear will inspire people to think that if she can pose on the internet like that, they can ‘look in the mirror’ at their own bodies and feel more confident.
Kate’s post read: “Love Island is back. So, here’s your reminder: Fat people are beautiful. Saggy bellies, droopy tits, cellulite and bingo wings are beautiful. Disabled people are sexy. Queer people are sexy.
“YOU are sexy, and just as beautiful as the people you’ll see on your telly for the next 8 weeks.
“You do not need to be toned, tanned and plumped in the right places. You don’t need cosmetic procedures or padded pants to make your butt look bigger. This doesn’t just apply to women; men you don’t need abs and rippling biceps either.
“Enjoy the show, if you like it and it makes you happy. Don’t watch it if it jeopardises your happiness. But always remember that you are worthy of love, whether you look like them or not.”
Kate had enjoyed earlier series of ITV’s juggernaut show but has found that watching it can often negatively impact her mental health – something she has noticed in other people too.
Kate said: “For the normal folks sitting watching at home, who have fat and wobbly bits, not tanned or toned, it’s important to put that perspective out there.
“I think a lot of people were hoping that this year, Love Island would diversify a little bit. But they didn’t, and a lot of people I converse with were under the impression things might have been a little bit different.
“The people that go on Love Island – don’t get me wrong – they’re absolutely stunning, and I’m sure they’re lovely people.
“But ITV are putting out this image of what they want people to aspire to. For 99% of the population, it’s not obtainable.
“And that’s going to have a negative effect on a whole generation of young people who’ve grown up watching the show.
“The increase in cosmetic procedures, weight loss teas and all that rubbish is evidence of the culture that’s coming out of Love Island and all the classic influencer type stuff.
“All these beautiful people on beaches do look amazing but it’s setting up an ideal that’s not reachable for the majority of people.”
The 28-year-old, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, does acknowledge that it may be difficult for ITV to incorporate people with disabilities and different body types into Love Island.
Kate, who runs the blog Kate’s Happiness Journey where she encourages her followers to practice self-acceptance with their bodies, said: “I do see the quandary that ITV must be in. The public are already awful to these contestants who are beautiful, tanned and perfect.
“People who are seen as less than perfect are going to get even more harassment.
“But I do think there would be a massive positive response just seeing people in the show, who people could relate to.
“I was definitely a regular viewer of the show when I was younger. I loved the drama. But I stopped watching when I went through a period of really bad mental health.
“And it was a bit of a relief. I felt freed from getting pulled into the show, and this belief that I could attain all of the things on the show.
“I’m not watching it at the moment because I don’t think it’d be good for me. I don’t judge anybody who watches it – it is addictive – I just think that if it’s making me feel bad, I shouldn’t be watching it.
“The show can create a self-esteem minefield, where people feel like they’re not enough if they don’t look like the people on the show.”
Since uploading the post on 28th June, Kate has received thousands of comments.
Kate said: “I think people really resonated with the post, because deep down they know they’re not like the people on that show.
“To see somebody saying ‘It’s okay not to be like those people’ makes other people think they can be okay with that fact.
“I’m really lucky – the people that follow me are so nice and supportive. I’m lucky that I don’t get many trolls.
“I’d say the message of my post was more about self-acceptance than self-love because I think a lot of people find self-love difficult to obtain.
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“We go through all sorts of things and the aspiration of being 100% happy with yourself is just impossible.
“But if you can accept yourself, even in those times where you feel disgusting, that’s more important than loving yourself.
“God knows there’s days where I look in the mirror and think, ‘Jesus, get a hold of yourself’.
“I want people like me to see me and think ‘If she’s okay to be on the internet, maybe I can look in the mirror at myself’.”
Several people in the comments shared their support for Kate’s message of self-love.
Georgie Ward commented: “Love Island needs to have women on there who aren’t slim models.”
Caroline Manley commented: “You are real and beautiful. It’s a pity these reality programs promote only one type of body.”
Liz Turner said: “If there were more normal people on it like this lovely lady, I would watch it. Why do they all have to be perfect on it? It infuriates me.”
ITV has been contacted for comment.
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