Jameela Jamil hits back after being accused of ‘labelling’ Love Island’s Anna
Jameela Jamil has responded to accusations that she ‘labelled’ a Love Island 2019’s contestant body as plus size.
Former islander Kady McDermott called The Good Place star out on Twitter for a tweet in which she criticised ITV’s lack of body diversity on this year’s series.
In Jameela’s original tweet she referenced Anna Vakili and said: ‘The producers of Love Island think this slim woman counts as their new token “plus size” contestant? Are they drunk?’
To which Kady responded: ‘Who even said she was the plus size contestant? Maybe we shouldn’t be labelling women as anything and just letting them be who they are. Skinny/slim/curvy/obese who cares.’
Jameela retweeted an article referencing the spat, saying: ‘Where do I even begin with this?’
And fair enough, as Jameela never called Anna plus size in the first place, just commented on the lack of body diversity.
Kady has since responded to Jameela to say she agrees with her.
Body diversity has been a huge topic in relation to the Love Island line up this year, with many fans hoping to see more shapes and sizes represented in the villa as opposed to the very slim and athletic cast of most years.
As well as Jameela, who is very outspoken about how women are represented in the media, two former Love Islanders Alexandra Crane and Malin Andersson also called for more ‘curvy girls’ to be included.
And while Anna Vakili is certainly ‘curvy’ in all the right places, many fans were hoping for greater representation.
ITV have not commented on whether or not Anna is intended to be the ‘curvy’ cast member.
There has been huge speculation that plus-size model Jada Sezer was heading Mallorca this year but if she is, she isn’t included in the first batch.
Nevertheless, Love Island is all about the dramatic twists that arise as a result of introducing new contestants so we’ll have to wait and see what the producers have up their sleeves.
There is also a case to be made for how a larger person would be treated and viewed on Love Island.
Love Island starts on ITV2 on June 3.
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