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There is not any doubt about it, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu is a drive to be reckoned with. Since profitable “Love Island” 2022, the 28-year-old has develop into one thing of a family title due to her honesty, confidence, and passionate relationship with Davide Sanclimenti. And the savvy actuality star is not taking any of her newfound fame as a right. “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 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 explicit job she was holding out for?
“She’s humorous, clever, sensible, stunning. ITV have made a good selection with selecting her, I feel.”
“I did get provided,” she reveals of the “Love Island” presenting gig. “I’d’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 completed 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, sensible, 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 so much to me,” she says. “I need to present my followers and ladies the right way to type your hair, the right way to use vegan, high quality merchandise.” Kicking off the collaboration with a celebration edit stuffed with reward units and social gathering must-haves, she prides herself on hair care, at all times utilizing warmth safety and a variety of remedies each time she washes it. And we won’t assist however discover a a lot darker shade than we have 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 onerous 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 already know 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 the most effective magnificence.”
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Inside confidence is Ekin-Su’s tremendous energy. She oozes a heat self-assurance that must be bottled up and handed out, though she’s labored onerous on herself to get up to now. “I feel [my confidence] comes from my mum and my childhood, having a tough upbringing, faculty, being bullied, being remoted from folks, not being accepted in issues,” she says. “I had no associates, nobody to speak to. It is actually unhappy.” These experiences solely inspired her to be her personal good friend. “I began to actually discuss to myself within the mirror . . . I might be like, ‘Hey, how are you doing immediately? I am a robust girl. I am doing very well. As we speak, I’ll be advantageous.'”
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 not 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 stable relationship, Ekin-Su and Davide are flat-hunting to take their romance to the following stage. And life outdoors the villa has been fairly good thus far. “It is the little issues, like after 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 might see extra of that however I am the one dwelling it, and a relationship must be personal I feel. Individuals at all times assume issues . . . I do learn the damaging feedback however after I learn them I think about the individual behind the pc or their cellphone and I really feel sorry for them.”
The comfortable 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 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 bought 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 seek out love?’ You may see by that.”
She hasn’t watched the complete sequence of “Love Island” again but, and would not intend to. And let’s be sincere, she’s too busy. The ladies have a Whatsapp chat the place they test in each on occasion — “they’re smashing it” — whereas her focus is now on herself, Davide, and her profession. Ekin-Su’s empowering perspective is what made her such a fan-favourite. She needs to be somebody “that individuals can look as much as, and be like, ‘She’s humble, she’s genuine, she’s an incredible function mannequin.’ That is what I’ll be.” With a robust head, tons of ambition, and a ardour for all the pieces she places her title to, that well-known “Love Island” quip, “Ekin-who?” will definitely be lengthy forgotten. Ekin-Su’s title goes nowhere.