Sophie is a TV personality and model, best known for her appearance on Love Island Season 6. The Essex-born star chats to us about how the villa has changed her outlook on self-acceptance and confidence, and the new found responsibility and influence she has on her Instagram followers that have soared exponentially since the show. Having worked with some of the biggest brands around, from Pretty Little Thing to Look Fantastic, Sophie is making sure that the message she is putting out into the world is spreading positive energy and body confidence, to inspire a new generation.
Q: What is confidence to you?
A: Just feeling good in yourself; perceiving yourself in a positive way on a day-to-day basis.
Q: You went into Love Island last year, a really high-profile TV show. Obviously, you knew people were going to see you and talk about you in both a positive and negative light. How did that make you feel going in? Did it worry you?
Obviously in the back of your mind you’re aware that people are going to talk, and you are going to get negative comments – as long as you feel good about yourself, that’s the main thing.
Q: Do you think your confidence has changed from before you went into the villa to now?
Definitely. I feel like having people commenting on things like the way you look, your body, what you say and the way you come across, it forces you to have a thick skin. You have to be strong, and that strength builds up over time.
Q: Do you like the exposure the show has given you and knowing what you know now, would you do it again?
Yes, for sure. I feel like it’s allowed me to work with new and exciting clients that I wouldn’t have otherwise, which is amazing. And it’s always fun and different, with lots of different kinds of opportunities, which is good. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m grateful for it. I would recommend it to anyone who was thinking about it.
Q: You’ve become a role model, especially to younger girls. Does it make you more conscious about the products you’re promoting or the people that you’re working with? Is that a consideration when accepting jobs?
Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t work with something that I don’t like myself because, what’s the point? I really want to put that across to anyone that follows me because I know a majority of it is younger girls; I like to think of myself in their position.
Follow Sophie’s journey on Instagram @sophpiper_