Love Island’s Sophie Piper On Periods, Plastic Surgery And Her Famous Sister

As Sophie Piper says goodbye to the Love Island villa, she tells Anna Silverman what she really thinks about everything from surgery to Connor.

Love Island's Sophie Piper On Periods, Plastic Surgery And Her Famous Sister

by Rebecca Reid |
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Whether you're choosing to watch Love Island or simply absorbing it via osmosis, you probably know the life cycle of an Islander by now. After being booted out of the villa they emerge, reincarnated as celebrities with huge social media followings, ready to make the most of their new fame. Last week, it was Sophie Piper’s turn.

‘I was on 10k [Instagram followers] before and now it’s 500k,’ she laughs. ‘It started creeping up when people thought I might be going in the villa... On Instagram, that is probably the biggest thing, where you’re getting follow after follow,’ she says. The 21-year-old, who lives in Essex,is now as notable for her trademark scream-laugh as she is for her famous sister, television presenter Rochelle Humes. ‘She watched the show and she enjoyed it; she’s always supporting me,’ Sophie adds.

Her sister’s approval is one thing, but leaving the villa must be daunting, if only to find out whether or not the public warmed to you. Sophie needn’t have worried, but concern grew online about the way her love interest, Connor Durman, was treating her. ‘I have heard that people thought he was being controlling,’ she says. ‘Honestly, you see such a small part of what goes on in there; he was nothing but nice to me. He wasn’t controlling at all. I feel sorry for him that he got painted in that light.’

With viewers seeing a heavily edited fraction of what goes on, many wonder how staged the show is. Do rows and relationships develop organically, or are they nudged towards people and told what to discuss?

‘A bit of both, but it’s not massively staged,’ she says. ‘[Producers] might suggest, “Why don’t you speak about this and that?” A lot of stuff happened naturally. People think it’s more staged than it actually is.’

Her relationship with Connor had its moments but seemed to strengthen over the weeks. She found it ‘weird’ seeing him again after they reunited back in the real world, but says she missed him and wants to see how things go. ‘It would be nice if he took me out for a couple of dates and we’ll see where things go from there... Everyone takes the mickey out of his teeth but I like them,’ she adds of his dazzlingly white teeth, which he revealed he had ‘done’ in Thailand.

He’s not the only one who has had work done; a lot of the Islanders have had ‘tweakments’ like Botox or lip filler, to the extent that the ‘Love Island face’ has become a lucrative cosmetic trend. Earlier this month, doctors told Grazia it’s now more desirable to look like an Islander than an A-lister. What does she think about that?

‘It’s your own body, you can do what you want to,’ she says. ‘I wouldn’t have surgery myself; I don’t want it. I’ve got such a low pain tolerance as well; I’d be squirming around.’ Surgery or not, for many people being in a bikini on TV is their idea of hell. ‘You’ve got to be body confident,’ Sophie says. ‘A few gym classes can’t hurt either.’

On top of this, there’s the issue of navigating periods while wearing swimwear to consider. ‘It’s not a biggie,’ Sophie insists. ‘Some people are more uncomfortable at that time, but it’s just one of the things you deal with. People still wear bikinis,’ she says.

If Sophie had to pick a winner it would be ‘my boy’ Nas or Callum and Shaughna (although that seems pretty unlikely now). She can’t say who she hopes to see booted out next, instead giving an answer so diplomatic it defies the rules of the game. ‘I hope they all stay in as long as possible.’

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Love Island 2020 Beauty

Sophie's Statement Lip1 of 12

Sophie's Statement Lip

Oh we're all for this look. Sleek hair, red lips and a black blazer - that's a look that's never going to go out of style. The key? Concentrating on the perfect red lip application (dab on with your fingers in light layers, building up colour as you go, or start with a liner and fill in the middle with your lippy and a brush) along with keeping the rest of your make-up looking minimal.

Leann'e Orange Shadow2 of 12

Leann'e Orange Shadow

Use your fingertips or a small shadow blending brush to add. dot of orange eye shadow to the inner corners of each eye like Leanne to turn your daytime make-up look into a statement-maker.

Shaughna's Hollywood Waves3 of 12

Shaughna's Hollywood Waves

Oh Shaughna, those waves!!! They belong on a red carpet. Keen to copy? Make a grab for a large tong or wand and curl large sections away from your face, making sure you leave them to cool thoroughly before brushing out gently.

Leanne's Lashes Though4 of 12

Leanne's Lashes Though

Would you look at those beauties?! These are occasion wear lashes and then some. Ever been afraid of going a bit OTT with length and volume? Leanne is proof it can work if you the rest of your look is pretty low key.

Paige's Subtle Glow5 of 12

Paige's Subtle Glow

Add a touch of honey coloured highlighter to the tops of your cheeks to emulate Paige's glow.

Jess' Barely There Holiday Look6 of 12

Jess' Barely There Holiday Look

The 'no make-up make-up' look is back with a vengeance here and you can bet she'll be sporting it on the island too. Reach for your favourite base, a bit of bronzer, and you're away.

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Sophie's Colour Pop Shadow

It seems orange eye shadow is having a bit of a moment! Use a small soft blending brush to shade on a single shade, building up the layers for a powerful pigment pay off.

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Siânnise's Smokey Eye

Ordinarily we'd say no smokey eye is complete without a bit of liner but Siânnise proves us all wrong! We love the soft shading of these chocolate eye shadow tones, paired with just a slick or two of mascara.

Shaughna's Slicked Back Look9 of 12

Shaughna's Slicked Back Look

She's gone from Hollywood waves to a sleek slicked back do, proving just how versatile this islander's beauty game is. If you've got a decent pair of straighteners in your arsenal, a bit of serum and a little hair gel, this look is yours for the taking.

Sophie's Cat Eye Flick10 of 12

Sophie's Cat Eye Flick

This cat eye flick is bold and beautiful. To copy it yourself, use a liner brush and a bit of shadow to get your perfect shape, before going in with the liner. This will give your flick a diffused look like Sophie's and hide any tiny mistakes too - winner.

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Siânnise's Sleek Down Do

We're here for Siânnise's glossy sleek look here. To emulate it, straighten your hair before giving it a sharp parting with a comb, tucking each side section behind your ears, and fixing in place by gently brushing through with a soft brush that has been sprayed with a medium hold hairspray.

Eve's Berry Lip12 of 12

Eve's Berry Lip

A berry lip is very on trend right now, as, it would seem, Love Island's Eve knows all too well. Apply a couple of layers of your favourite shade, and dab a touch of gloss over the top to copy this islander's look.

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