Love Island stars before fame: From adorable Gemma Owen to unrecognisable Ekin Su

Love Island stars will usually fit the three F requirement: flirty, fit, and flamin' hot, but have you ever wondered what they looked like before the fame… and potential fortune?

More F's for the record, just FYI.

But seriously, when it comes to our sun-filled and sex-fuelled summer of single souls searching for love, there's definitely a bar of attractiveness that they all certainly have to meet.

Let's face it, you don't just casually throw the words Italian stallion around for no reason (yes Davide, we're talking about you)

Even leading cosmetic surgeon Mr Alex Karidis recently revealed a number of tweakments he believes the male contestants had before entering the villa.

So while it goes without saying that they're a stunning bunch of people, let's rewind the clock, break out the photo albums, and have some fun on a stroll down memory lane with pictures of the stars before their newfound fame.

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Bombshell Ekin-Su has undoubtedly been a force to be reckoned with during her time in Love Island, which seems miles away from the sweet snap of her as a child.

The Turkish actress is almost unrecognisable with curls and a small dress as she smiles shyly at the camera.

Now, flash forward to 2022 and the controversial star has openly admitted to having surgery ahead of her stint in the villa.

She admitted to having fillers in three parts of her face, including her cheeks, jaw and tear trough, and to having veneers for a pearly white set of teeth.

Gemma Owen

19 year old Gemma Owen donned many a football shirt in her younger years, often spotted on the arm of her legend dad Michael Owen.

Adorable pigtails, chubby cheeks and a mini-me version of her dad?

It doesn't get much cuter!

Fame was always going to follow the international dressage rider, but Gemma is certainly paving a way for herself in the villa.

The Chester teen has kept cool under the pressure of having a surprise visit from ex boyfriend Jacques O'Neill, and confidently holds her own in her couple with fishmonger Luca Bish.

So that's quite a far cry away from the young football fan many people are used to seeing.

Jacques O'Neill and Luca Bish

Speaking of, it gives us great pleasure to share these two throwback photos of Jac and Luca; although, granted, one is perhaps a bit more embarrassing than the other.

Jacques O'Neill is a slightly fuller-faced rugby player in his kit for Castleford Tigers.

While Luca Bish appears to be on the verge of tears in this youthful snap.

Now, Luca (left) is chocker-blocked with an array of random tattoos, while Jac has levelled-up his 'cool' with his confident personality.

The pair both have a vested interest in Gemma Owen as well as a budding bromance, which is naturally going to be an interesting dynamic.

Dami Hope

So we absolutely love this from Dami Hope's social media team… Whoever is in charge deserves a medal after they shared a cracking throwback photo of him as a child.

Staring down the lens is no easy feat, but young Dami has it nailed with a proud grin and high chin.

Yep, positively precious.

These days, the 26 year old senior microbiologist oozes all the right vibes, which is ideal when it comes to schmoozing his new couple partner Indiyah Polack.

The two coupled up after a shock dumping saw their respective others Amber and Ikenna leave the villa.

Antigoni Buxton

When it comes to all things 'unrecognisable', newcomer Antigoni has gone it down to a T.

From young and innocent, to knocking the socks off of the hot to trot checklist with steamy after steamy Instagram snap.

The 26 year old Londoner now rocks long blonde beach waves, a sporty physique and certainly knows how to work a camera thanks to her career as a singer.

Love Island continues every night at 9pm on ITV2 and is available to stream on ITV HUB.


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