Irish scientist turned reality TV star Yewande Biala has opened up about her experiences as a woman of colour on following Love Island.
Speaking to 1Xtra Talks, the star reveled the difficulties she faces as a visible black woman.
“When I got into this I realised being black is hard, but being black and in the media is harder,” she said.
“You have to stand out and you have to do more and it can get quite frustrating.”
“You feel like you’re not doing enough, but just keep pushing to keep doing what you’re doing and someone will see how amazing you are.”
Touching on her time in the villa, Yewande shared that she, alongside Amber and Anna, struggled as many of the male contestants had a particular type.
“We didn’t find anyone who liked us,” she told the show.
“It was always someone coming in and saying ‘my type is blonde and petite’.”
Yewande also expressed that she was concerned about how she would be portrayed in the media.
She explained that she feared she would be spun into a trope of and “angry black woman,” despite her cool and calm demenour.
“I tried not to read any articles about myself because I didn’t want to get upset,” she said.
“I think they were trying to label me as the angry black woman, which was kind of insane.”
“Not once in the villa did I ever raise my voice or feel like I acted in that way, even considering the circumstances I was in.”