Love Island has reportedly cast plus-sized model Jada Sezer for the forthcoming fifth series of the ITV2 reality show.
The 30-year-old mental health campaigner, who the first plus-size model to walk at London Fashion Week, is set to join Tyson Fury’s younger brother Tommy in the Majorcan villa when the show kicks off in just under two weeks.
An insider revealed: ‘Previous years have been criticised for a lack of diversity among contestants.
‘This year producers are determined to have more variation among the Islanders.’
They continued to The Sun: ‘Jada would be a perfect choice because she is passionate about body positivity – and even appeared on Good Morning Britain in her underwear before running the marathon.’
Jada has previously discussed her body on a podcast, saying: ‘This is my natural weight and I’ve been able to make a career from it.
‘If I was to stop liking cake and lost weight then I would probably lose clients because when you get down to a size 14/12 it can be harder to get jobs.’
The cast announcement comes a month after a source close to the show revealed that Love Island 2019 will see islanders of a variety of shapes and sizes as bosses have been under pressure to include a wider range of body shapes for some time now.
‘With everything that’s happened, bosses know that the show will be under intense scrutiny this year so they’ve gone back to see what it is the viewers want, and if there’s anything they can do to make it better,’ it was alleged.
They continued: ‘One thing that keeps coming up is the lack of body shape diversity.
‘Viewers want to see girls and boys with bodies they can relate to. Sexy singles come in all shapes and sizes and this is what the viewers will see this year. It’s a really positive move.’
Love Island kicks off Monday 3 June on ITV2.
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