Love Island should be more 'inclusive' and include all shapes and sizes says ex-Islander Montana Brown
7th March 2019

The 23-year-old beauty was on Good Morning Britain earlier today to debate whether or not Barbie was a good example for young girls.

Montana slammed the plastic doll for giving youngsters warped body standards, with host Susanna Reid hitting back: "It's interesting that you'd argue it's an unrealistic portrayal of women's bodies.

"A lot of people thought that about Love Island, and actually young girls watching Love Island only saw one type of body look fabulous in a bikini."

Montana, who shot to fame in the 2017 series of the show, shared her agreement, replying: "I would completely agree with that as well.

"I think we should definitely be seeing more of a body diversity on Love Island."

Susanna's co-host Ben Shephard then questioned the star on why she took part in the show in spite of the lack of body diversity.

He asked: "Weren't you compounding the problem by going on there and being seen in that space?

"You could have said you don't think it's representative and not gone in."

Montana hit back: "Is it my fault that they didn't cast a broad range of women? Probably not, I would say.

"You don't know who else is being cast, or who else is going on the programme."

Susanna then argued that the similar body types could be part of Love Island's appeal – claiming that viewers like to watch "beautiful" people.

She said: "It's quite a statement for you to say Love Island should be more inclusive of body type as one of the reasons girls love Barbie is it does represent a fantasy ideal.

"I'd argue people love watching Love Island because everybody is beautiful and sometimes we do want a bit of escapism."

Love Island has faced scrutiny in the past for only putting in men and women with flawless body shapes, with last year's winner Jack Fincham being praised for being the only Islander to break the standards with his "dad bod".

In fact, during last year's series of the show, Stacey Solomon questioned why everybody was a "pumped-up, muscled man or a flat-stomached skinny woman".

Writing in her Fabulous column at the time, the star said: "Why does everybody look the same?

"It’s such a shame because all it would take is a bit of diversity to show people that even if you don’t have a six-pack or flat tummy you can still find love – or at least a date.

"I’m around the same age of most of the women in there and right now my chance of getting into the villa, should I ever need to, is a big, muffin topped, saggy breasted, NO."

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