This viral post about Love Island's impact on our body image hits the nail on the head

'Your worth does not depend on whether someone would 'turn their head for you''

7/24/2021 2:49:00 AM

'Your worth does not depend on whether someone would 'turn their head for you''

'Your worth does not depend on whether someone would 'turn their head for you''

Love Islandis just doing their best to navigate impossible and exclusionary beauty standards. Don't be mad at the individuals, be mad at the industries that profit billions from convincing us there's only one way."When speaking toCosmopolitan

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about what inspired her to make the video, Megan said she realised that if the show could have such an impact on her – somebody who follows people of all shapes and sizes, swerves diet culture at all costs, and surrounds herself with others who believe we're all more than just how we look – it must be seriously tough for teenagers. Some of whom may never have heard of the body positivity movement.

"I put together a few points that are almost like a '101 lesson in body acceptance'," she shared."The ideal isnotwhat most people look like, youcanhave a full and exciting life without looking like that, your appearance and your desirability are not your worth." headtopics.com

Megan added,"All of us (even theLove Islanders) are just doing our best to get by within diet culture and unrealistic beauty standards." She also shared that she was initially unsure about whether or not to post her thoughts, as the impact of

Love Islandon our self-esteem has been dissected numerous times, not only from a size diversity perspective, but also with regards to the ongoing issues surrounding how darker-skinned Black women have been barely represented. As well as how those women are then treated within the villa when they are.

However, Megan reasoned that,"after the year we've had" during the pandemic,"our collective body image is in a really vulnerable place" and believed her video could add value to the conversation.Courtesy of Megan Jayne CrabbeShe also called out the show's damaging connotation between romantic love, desirability and psychical perfection, explaining,"They reinforce the misconception that fitting the beauty standard is necessary to find romantic and sexual connection, and they don't even scratch the surface of what actual love looks like because they're too busy making it all about image."

This, Megan continues, is particularly dangerous to younger viewers."A lot of the adult audience can take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy the entertainment value, but the younger ones watching are getting some pretty messed up messages about what a healthy, romantic connection looks like. Don't even get me started on the lack of communication skills on display!" headtopics.com

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Here's hoping maybe the new arrivals will reflect the world we live in, instead of upholding outdated beauty standards. Read more: Cosmopolitan UK »

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This viral post about Love Island's impact on our body image hits the nail on the head'Your worth does not depend on whether someone would 'turn their head for you''

This viral post about Love Island's impact on our body image hits the nail on the head'Your worth does not depend on whether someone would 'turn their head for you''

This viral post about Love Island's impact on our body image hits the nail on the head'Your worth does not depend on whether someone would 'turn their head for you''

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