Love Island is possibly the worst thing to happen to TV. Aimless pretty people become overnight celebrities when they bounce around in bikinis on holiday and have sex with cameras watching.Weirdly, it’s become on of the most popular TV shows on at the moment, but Emily Clarkson, daughter of The Grand Tour’s Jeremy, wasn’t having any of it.
She revealed that she was invited onto the show, but was worried that she was going to be considered fat and be trolled about her looks. She also worried about the cameras catching her in positions that could be compromising.
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My head ballooning after getting all the likes on my sexc af edited pics 🤯 if you missed the piece I wrote last week for The Sun about the dangers of FaceTune, please read it, the link is in my bio. I know I bang on about this shit a lot, but it’s important. Not just for the mental well-being of Instagram users on the whole, existing on a diet of photoshop and impossible beauty standards to compare themselves to, but for the mental health of the individuals using these apps to distort their own reality too. It’s an entirely addictive process, the photoshop one, and incredibly toxic. Over 50 million people have downloaded FaceTune. That’s 50 million people who’s online image is very different to the one they see in the mirror. 50 million people who have eradicated their insecurities and as a result are further away than ever from embracing them. It’s very hard to love your real self if your online self is so much “better”. I feel passionately that it is not the fault of the users, only acting this way as a result of the extraordinary pressure on all of us to be perfect, but the fault of a society that perpetuates bullshit ideals. We don’t fucking need this shit. We are glorious. Absolutely glorious and the internet would be bloody lucky to see us in all of our natural gloriousness ✨ #fuckfacetune #effyourbeautystandards #selflove
In one of her latest columns she discusses how she was invited by ITV to be on the next Love Island series because they were looking for ‘something different’. But Emily was worried that she could be targeted because of her ‘stomach rolls’ and the rejection of her from the “looks-based show”.
She explained: “I’m not perfect – and I’d be an easy target with my stomach rolls and heat rash.
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I used to run because I hated my body. Now I run because I love it. Every time my foot hit the ground I would feel the ripples that it created throughout my body (think of that scene in Jurassic Park when the kids are hiding in the science lab, that was my bum basically) and I thought to myself: this is why I am doing this. With every step and with every shudder I imagined calories evaporating and the tighter, smaller body I was running for. That was what kept me going. That was my finish line. And I hated it. I turned to running out of fear. Out of fear and hatred and loathing, it was not a happy decision or activity and I was subsequently unable to derive any joy from it. The finish line was too elusive; a fantasy that society had sold me and I think I knew in my heart that it was something that I would never achieve. It was something so much bigger than I could manage. I think that is why I gave up so often. It was definitely why I hated it. It’s very hard to love something you find in hate. But at some point running changed for me. I set myself the challenge of running a marathon and all of a sudden, what I looked like ceased to matter. I had some other shit to concentrate on. Setting myself a challenge meant that running stopped being about what my body looked like and started being about what it could do. Everything changed. I was pushing myself in new ways, for new reasons. I was hitting targets that felt good. I was pushing myself in ways that I never thought I could. I achieved things I used to think were impossible. Now I run because I can. Because I am fortunate enough to have a body that allows me to. I run because it feels good. I run because every time I do I’m reminded how lucky I am to be alive. How can you not love your body when you realise all that it can do for you?? How can you hate something that you found in love??? I used to run because I hated my body. Now I run because I love it.
“I think I’d make it all too real. And this is why, I suspect, the show will never change. And who wants to be the first to make that change?
“At the end of the day, it’s a look-based show. And I got picked last for sports teams enough times to know the humiliation of not being chosen.
“That’s not something I want to relive in front of the ruthless British public.”
She’s currently involved in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend, but also wrote about how she would hate to be involved with something on the show that her parents may not want to see.
She wrote: “Not even because I’d die at the thought of my parents watching me having sex.”
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