Love Island’s Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen talk bad habits and wedding dates

The one couple who always stand out at events is Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland. With continuous hand holding and looks of admiration, it is evident the couple are still completely loved up eight months on from the end of Love Island 2016… 

How have things been since you starting living together?

Alex: Obviously when we were in the show together we were basically living together so it was weird for us to be apart. When we came out, we wanted to move in together straight away and we just clicked. Now we live together it’s just perfect.

Olivia: We tried to not be together, I think we tried two days apart and we just couldn’t do it. We are the soppiest people you will ever meet. I think for us, because of the situation we were in, it’s made it easier because we’re used to being around each other and used to having each other there. If I didn’t have him there I wouldn’t be who I was.

Alex: To go on a show when you’re with each other 24 hours a day with no phone, no time apart and being away from everyone, when you come off it’s weird not to be with the person you’re in love with.

What is your most common argument? 

Olivia: I tell you something specific, some exclusive information; I cook dinner because Alex can’t cook, so if I cook I expect him to clean – what he’ll do is clean half the kitchen. You’ll go in there and there will be a garlic crusher and spoon in there that he hasn’t even seen. That is what he does!

However, despite being bad at clearing up, apparently Mr Bowen is good in every other aspect.

Alex: You’ve thrown me under the bus now! But, say if we are watching a film or something and the window sill is by the sofa, she’ll be having a drink of milk (I know it’s weird but she loves milk) and put the glass on the side. When I’m washing up, she’ll leave it on the window sill and leave it there for a day. It’s gonna stink!

(Olivia claims she is waiting for Alex to tidy up).

After moving in together, most commonly, the next step for couples is to get a pet to create a sense of having a family. Olivia and Alex now own a gorgeous French Bulldog named Reggie, as many followers of theirs will know as they understandably post videos and photos of his adorable face frequently.

Our beautiful fur baby is getting big! @ab_bowen @manlikereggie 🐶

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How did it feel getting Reggie? 

Alex: Honestly it’s like having a child. Say if we’re having a cuddle and a kiss, he’ll go mad because he wants to be involved.

Olivia: To say I kiss Alex, he’ll bark at me and I’ll be like, “What the hell? Calm down, I’m trying to kiss your f*cking Dad here!”.

Love Island is set for a third series with Caroline Flack presenting again after last year’s series won a National Television Award. Sadly the cast and the start date for this year has not been confirmed yet.

What relationship advice would you give to this years’ contestants? 

Alex: With the people on the show, you don’t know who’s going to click with who so they might pick the wrong person. If you pick the right person then it’s just meant to be – that’s all the advice you can give.

Olivia: Trust your heart, trust yourself, be yourself and just try not to get caught up in the game because it is a big, big game and they will try to pull you in to it.

After whirlwind relationship and a romantic proposal in New York last December, everyone’s wondering when it will be – the couple will be Love Island’s first wedding.

She said yes 💗🗽 @oliviadbuck

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When the hell is the wedding?!

Olivia: Well! When is it Alex?! We’re trying to organise – we’re the worst organisational people. We’re late to everything, we’ll be late to our own wedding!

Alex: What it is, obviously we were late to the thing tonight [Britain’s Next Top Model launch party] so I think we’d f*ck it up a little. I think it’s just nice to be engaged for a little while, do you know what I mean?

We tried to not be together, I think we tried two days apart and we just couldn’t do it.

Overall, it’s safe to say one of Britain’s favourite couples are still going strong and don’t seem to be showing any cracks (other than Alex’s bad clearing up and Olivia’s milk drinking habits). Unfortunately there are no wedding dates currently on the cards but it is obvious that the couple are a match made in heaven.

 

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Naked Selfies: Confidence Conveying or Just Overly Revealing?

We all know some celebrities love a good naked selfie (or nearly naked selfie), but the question is what is their motive behind such revealing pictures? To convey how confident they feel in their own skin, or to just be some eye candy for their millions and thousands of followers? Are these pictures really setting a good example for young women?

Culprit number 1: Kim Kardashian West

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Mrs Kardashian West is known for her raunchy photos. We all agree her figure is pretty phenomenal, but should a mum and wife really be revealing so much to so many people? (touche to her however for getting back in shape after two kids).

One Facebooker commented on Kim’s naked selfie saying: “If I would look like this I would not only photograph myself naked, I would run around with nothing on all day! Haters should shut the F up. Really. You wish you looked like that,” whilst the next comment is, “Lol kim just can’t stop hoein” – so it’s safe to say there’s quite a divide in opinions on the matter.

Kim’s photo captions range. The naked professionally taken photo captions “#liberated”, showing her confidence, whilst the naked blonde bombshell photo captions, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL”, arguably trying to cause controversy and gain attention.

The positive outcome of Kim’s photos is embracing more curvaceous bodies… other than that, it’s slightly too ‘X rated’ for me. Discretion has never been her strong point.

When asking my twitter followers on the topic of naked selfies, many felt people do it to be eye candy and come across sexy, rather than liberate women to be confident.

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Culprit number 2: Miley Cyrus 

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In recent years, it seems Miss Cyrus has forgotten what bra is. The once child star has removed the Hannah Montana wig… along with the majority everything else. It’s likely the Wrecking-ball singer, who once had to be a role model to kids, is simply rebelling now  she’s no longer a Disney actress.

From fake boob leotards on stage, to stark naked wrecking-balling, Miley’s rarely seen in a normal pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Cyrus is known for promoting “freedom” and so on, but maybe just a little too much of Miley’s flesh has been freed.

If you’re planning to rebel any time soon, I don’t recommend you follow Miley’s example unless you want to give your parents a heart attack – maybe just “running away” and sitting on your street corner for half an hour would be more appropriate.

I asked girls similar to my own age how they felt about so much nudity on social media & what example it sets for young women:

“I don’t think it sets a good example for young girls. Kim K and Kylie get more attention for putting naked selfies on social media & they know they get attention from doing it. They should promote themselves in a more productive ways, showing girls a positive way of getting attention.” Olivia McKell, 21

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“I think it shows more confidence to be honest, especially when it’s Kim who is rather curvy showing girls it’s okay to have boobs and a big bum rather than be a stick. When I saw Kim’s naked selfie, I just thought ‘Jesus she’s got some balls’.” Chloe Kendrick, 19

“It can go both ways. If things are sleezy and for men, then it’s eye candy, but then I could argue if men have the right to be topless then why can’t women? If they’re confident enough to show themselves off then I think it’s empowering because  it’s giving everyone the right to be confident in themselves.” Abbie Saul, 20

“I think it’s sometimes putting too much pressure on girls these days to want to have that  ‘perfect’ body, when the truth is celebs have probably spent a fortune on themselves to look like that, or by photoshopping pictures. Kudos to the celebs who work hard for it though.” Marie Bibat, 20 

“I feel like there are some things you should keep for yourself and your partner. I couldn’t stand having my naked butt all over the internet. Keep it a bit of mistery, you know?” Ana Iliescu, 20

 

I’m all for promoting being  confident in your own skin, it’s extremely important to be! However, some of these naked pictures (by other celebrities as well as Kardashian West and Cyrus), add to the pressure young girls face of having to be ‘sexy’. Don’t feel pressured into being someone you’re not, and showing things you don’t want to. You can show confidence with your clothes on, just ask constant clothes wearer, Beyoncé .

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Embracing Curves

We now live in an extremely judgmental society controlled by influences by social media, porn and photoshop. This causes girls, like myself, to be highly critical towards themselves after looking at girls in magazines that are completely airbrushed and photoshopped into looking ‘perfect’. No wonder 725,000 people in 2015, in the UK alone, were affected by an eating disorder. 

However, curves became more into fashion when the likes of Kim Kardashian-West became more and more famous for her rather spectacular rear. People like Kim caused people to realise curves are pretty damn sexy. However, Mrs Kardashian-West can afford to get perfectly fitted Balmain clothes whilst I’m in Topshop jumping up and down in the changing rooms trying to slide my jeans over my thighs. Kate Moss once said, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”… she’s obviously never tried Millie’s Cookies.

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As you can see, a thigh gap has never really been my forte. From a young age I’ve had chunky legs, partly inherited through genetics of muscly legs, partly because salad is the devil. (p.s those sunglasses of mine were VERY cool at the time.) Then compared to now, I still have my thick thighs which I’m slowly becoming to accept.

I think every teenage girl goes through body image issues coming to terms with the fact they don’t like things about themselves; whether it’s because of having small boobs, bad skin, chunky thighs or whatever. But bigger bodies have started to be embraced in the media recently.

Example 1) Ashley Graham 

28-year-old american, Ashley Graham, weighs 14 stone and pulls it off brilliantly. This year, Graham became the first ever plus size model to be on the front cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. She speaks openly about body image; she’s spoken on television about it, to newspapers and even goes into high schools to speak to students about it. For more pictures of Ashley, follow her on instagram! (@theashleygraham).

2) Iskra Lawrence 

Stunning Iskra Lawrence is size 14 and an English “plus size” model taking the world by storm. She is the managing editor at Runway Riot, a website meant to be an outlet for women of all shapes and sizes to learn about glamour. Iskra refuses to have any of her instragram pictures retouched in anyway, to see for yourself check out her page: @iamiskra.

3) Robyn Lawley 

Australian size 12 beauty, Robyn Lawley, has done covers for big magazines like Italian Vogue, Elle France, GQ and Cosmopolitan Australia. Also, in June 2013, Robyn was awarded Model of the Year during the Full Figured Fashion Week showing that curvy models don’t go unnoticed! To see more of Robyn, follow her on instagram: @robynlawley.

I have utter most respect for the Kendall Jenner’s and Bella Hadid’s out there, but us Ashley Graham’s of the world need some more confidence in knowing we can be equally as sexy as all the hot Victoria’s Secret models! Embrace your body, whether you’re a size 8 or 18.

Sources: healthyceleb.com, b-eat.co.uk & iskralawrenceblog.tumblr.com

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