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There is not any doubt about it, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu is a pressure to be reckoned with. Since profitable “Love Island” 2022, the 28-year-old has develop into one thing of a family identify because of her honesty, confidence, and passionate relationship with Davide Sanclimenti. And the savvy actuality star is not taking any of her newfound fame without any consideration. “I simply need to be a job mannequin who makes younger ladies realise who they’re,” she says.
As she sits down with POPSUGAR for a catch up, she is busier than ever. Having met us straight from rehearsals for the upcoming sequence of “Dancing on Ice”, she additionally just lately filmed her new two-part actuality present with Davide for ITV2, has been to New York to advertise her assortment with trend model, Oh Polly, and we’re right here to debate her newest enterprise as an envoy for haircare model, Magnificence Works. But we won’t assist however ask if there was one specific job she was holding out for?
“She’s humorous, clever, good, stunning. ITV have made a good selection with selecting her, I feel.”
“I did get supplied,” she reveals of the “Love Island” presenting gig. “I might’ve cherished to do it, however I can not on the minute due to how busy I’m. And I stated I am not prepared for it . . . I would like correct coaching. I’ve carried out presenting earlier than, however to not the extent of Laura [Whitmore].” So what does she consider Maya Jama getting the highest job? “She’s humorous, clever, good, stunning. ITV have made a good selection with selecting her, I feel.”
The collaboration between Ekin-Su and Magnificence Works is a pure one. Having been a fan of the model’s instruments and hair extensions earlier than her actuality TV fame — she used the Jumbo Waver (£75) within the “Love Island” remaining — her hair makes her really feel extra empowered. “My hair means rather a lot to me,” she says. “I need to present my followers and girls easy methods to type your hair, easy methods to use vegan, high quality merchandise.” Kicking off the collaboration with a celebration edit stuffed with reward units and occasion must-haves, she prides herself on hair care, at all times utilizing warmth safety and a spread of remedies each time she washes it. And we won’t assist however discover a a lot darker shade than we had been used to seeing within the villa.
“That is my pure hair color,” she reveals. “It is the identical color as my roots. I solely went lighter final yr earlier than Love Island, but it surely’s very exhausting to take care of. I used to be doing a great deal of remedies on a regular basis. Summer season is gone and I simply thought, ‘You understand what? I need to go pure now.'” She’s not simply embracing her pure hair color, both. “Every little thing I am doing now could be going again to my pure [self],” she says. “Issues like fillers will come out. Every little thing. I need to return to fundamentals. I simply really feel like pure is one of the best magnificence.”
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Interior confidence is Ekin-Su’s tremendous energy. She oozes a heat self-assurance that needs to be bottled up and handed out, though she’s labored exhausting on herself to get so far. “I feel [my confidence] comes from my mum and my childhood, having a tough upbringing, college, being bullied, being remoted from folks, not being accepted in issues,” she says. “I had no mates, nobody to speak to. It is actually unhappy.” These experiences solely inspired her to be her personal pal. “I began to actually speak to myself within the mirror . . . I might be like, ‘Hey, how are you doing right this moment? I am a robust girl. I am doing rather well. As we speak, I’ll be high quality.'”
As she grew older, she used heartbreak as additional gasoline to like herself. “I feel each girl can relate. I feel everybody has been cheated on no less than as soon as or been by a really heartbreaking relationship which made them stronger. And I at all times say people who find themselves robust now have been individuals who have been by stuff in life. Whether or not that is relationship, household, cash, they’ve come out actually robust headed.”
“I at all times say people who find themselves robust now have been individuals who have been by stuff in life.”
Now in a strong relationship, Ekin-Su and Davide are flat-hunting to take their romance to the following degree. And life outdoors the villa has been fairly good to this point. “It is the little issues, like once I’m asleep, he tucks me in mattress or simply makes positive I’ve my paracetamol there for me,” she says, though there are at all times damaging rumours circulating on-line. “It is so candy of him. And I want folks may see extra of that however I am the one dwelling it, and a relationship needs to be non-public I feel. Folks at all times assume issues . . . I do learn the damaging feedback however once I learn them I think about the particular person behind the pc or their cellphone and I really feel sorry for them.”
The blissful couple took to the NTAs 2022 purple carpet hand in hand, with Ekin-Su showcasing her lengthy straight hair, which she reveals is Davide’s favorite look on her. “The 26 inch raven extensions [by Beauty Works] are unreal. Does not even really feel heavy on my head,” she says. The couple have additionally just lately filmed their ITV2 present, “Ekin-Su & Davide: Homecomings”, of which she tells us, “Everybody goes to narrate as a result of no couple is ideal. Everybody bickers and argues. And it is wholesome, it is okay.”
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She was an actress in Turkey earlier than her stint on the courting present, so had skilled a smaller dose of being within the public eye. This expertise has made her extra conscious of others, each when she was within the villa and since she’s left. “There have been sure folks in [the “Love Island” villa] that each new bombshell got here in, ‘Have you learnt what number of followers I’ve obtained on Instagram?’ . . . And it is like, ‘Why are you in Love Island? Is that why you are right here? Or are you right here to search out love?’ You possibly can see by that.”
She hasn’t watched the total sequence of “Love Island” again but, and does not intend to. And let’s be sincere, she’s too busy. The women have a Whatsapp chat the place they verify in each once in a while — “they’re smashing it” — whereas her focus is now on herself, Davide, and her profession. Ekin-Su’s empowering angle is what made her such a fan-favourite. She desires to be somebody “that folks can look as much as, and be like, ‘She’s humble, she’s genuine, she’s an amazing function mannequin.’ That is what I’ll be.” With a robust head, tons of ambition, and a ardour for the whole lot she places her identify to, that well-known “Love Island” quip, “Ekin-who?” will definitely be lengthy forgotten. Ekin-Su’s identify goes nowhere.