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Former Love Islander Camilla Thurlow is absolutely done with people making harsh assumptions about the contestants

She tweeted ‘it’s a really dangerous notion that we have the right to tell people that there is a correct way to aspire to live their lives’.

ALL SORTS OF people from all walks of life take part in reality TV shows. We’ve seen this in this year’s Love Island as a nuclear engineer, a doctor and a government advisor have been among the contestants to grace the villa with their presence.

This seems to have gone over the heads of some people with them assuming that everyone who goes on the show is thick or lazy. This didn’t sit well with former contestant Camilla Thurlow. Camilla is a bomb disposal expert and met her current partner Jamie Jewitt on the island.

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A post shared by Camilla Thurlow (@camillathurlow) on

She tweeted that a particular tweet she’d seen made her feel incredibly uncomfortable. The tweet she took issue with was comparing Love Island contestants with Serena Williams and read:

‘Young women. Would you rather be someone from Love Island, or have the work ethic, discipline, tenacity, talent, grace and magnificence of Serena Williams? Loaded question #RealRoleModels

Camilla responded that ‘it’s a really dangerous notion that we have the right to tell people that there is a correct way to aspire to live their lives’. She then expanded on the point in a longer post.

Source: Camilla Thurlow/Twitter

Source: Camilla Thurlow/Twitter

It is terrifying when you feel like you don’t fit in, I think so many of us know what that’s like. To feel alone. To sit in that grey area and not know where to go. But within that grey area is opportunity, the opportunity to break barriers, to defy expectations, to be who you could be rather than who you should be.”

Fans of the show were quick to praise Camilla for standing up for herself and other people who have taken part in a reality TV show.


A nice reminder not to make assumptions about people who you know nothing about.

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