Love Island’s Jack Fincham, who won this year’s series with girlfriend Dani Dyer, has opened up about feeling self-conscious about his body while participating in the competition.
The lack of body diversity in the reality show has long been noted, with many calling for the programme to feature a greater variety of body types in future.
Jack’s slightly softer physique made him stand out from the array of ab-clad male contestants at the beginning of the show, with his charismatic personality and budding romance with Dani making him a fan favourite throughout.
While Jack seemed to exude confidence over the course of the two months that he spent in the villa in Majorca, he’s now revealed that he did have reservations about taking part in Love Island due to his body insecurities.
“Before I went in, I’ve seen the show so many times before and I just thought I know I’m going to walk around this corner and there’s just going to be abs and biceps everywhere,” he said on Good Morning Britain.
“Just before I went in I was a bit like ‘I can’t do it, I can’t do it.’ Then I thought do you know what, this is a big opportunity, just go for it and use your personality, so I just went in, I went for it.
“But I was so body conscious going in there at the start, and then as it went on I was being more free with my body.”
He explained that while he personally felt out of his comfort zone, he believes everyone taking part would have also felt nervous on some level.
One of his greatest tests was taking part in the fireman challenge, which involved Jack ‘rescuing’ Dani while dressed in hot pants and suspenders.
“I went, ‘Ah, what am I doing? What have I got these on for?’”, he said.
Next year’s series of Love Island has already proven very popular among potential participants, with more than 25,000 people already applying to take part, as stated by Caroline Flack during Sunday night’s Love Island: The Reunion.
When asked for his advice for future applicants, Jack stated that he doesn’t think anyone should be deterred from applying, regardless of their body shape or size.
“I think everyone’s beautiful in their own way,” he said. “Everyone’s got something about them that is attractive to somebody else, I think."
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