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Yewande Biala: ‘Love Island is a mirror representation of the society that we live in, so why the f**k are you shocked?’

Leaving the dating show was supposed to be a joyous moment for the former contestant, but instead she was greeted with hostility and the message that she was unmarketable. Now a debut author, she opens up about the racism in influencer culture, finding her voice and why Tinder is better than Raya

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Former 'Love Island' star Yewande Biala

Former 'Love Island' star Yewande Biala

Yewande Biala. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Yewande Biala. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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'Reclaiming' by Yewande Biala

'Reclaiming' by Yewande Biala

Former 'Love Island' star Yewande Biala

Former 'Love Island' star Yewande Biala

Yewande Biala on 'Love Island'

Yewande Biala on 'Love Island'

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Former 'Love Island' star Yewande Biala

First things first, I tell Love Island alumnus Yewande Biala, I’m admitting to a prejudice. I tell her that when news of her first book, Reclaiming: Essays on Finding Yourself, One Piece at a Time, first surfaced, I was expecting a very glossy, slightly lightweight tome full of very beautiful pictures and ‘live your best life’ sloganeering. In the end, I was very, very wrong. Biala laughs sweetly, but she’s having none of it.

Jesus Christ, why would you think that?” she says. “I went to university for five years. After five years of university, you’d think I’d have some type of head on my shoulders.”


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