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Vanessa Lachey’s claim that lack of body diversity among Love Is Blind contestants might be because others feel ‘insecure’ blasted by fans

Vanessa co-hosts the programme with her husband, Nick Lachey (Picture: Adam Rose/Netflix)

Love Is Blind co-host Vanessa Lachey has spoken about the lack of body diversity on the reality dating programme… and what she has to say has not gone down at all well with fans.

Since its premiere in 2020, the US Netflix series has had two seasons, the latest of which saw couples Iyanna McNeely and Jarrette Jones, and Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson successfully tie the knot.

While the show is a social experiment – with participants first getting to know one another in secluded pods without seeing each other’s faces – it has been noted that even with the emphasis on forging strong connections based on personalities, there isn’t a significant amount of diversity when it comes to body shapes and sizes.

Vanessa, who co-hosts alongside her husband Nick Lachey, was recently asked for her views on this topic in an interview.

Referring to individuals who may not feel as though they fit into ‘conventional beauty standards’, Vanessa said to Insider: ‘Their whole life they’ve been so insecure about being themselves because of this crazy swipe generation that we are in and this catfishing world that we’re in, that they’re so afraid to be themselves.’

The 41-year-old speculated if some Love Is Blind stars may not progress past the ‘pods’ stage because they feel ‘insecure’, also raising the point that they may not have enough time within the few days they have to build relationships they can see turning into engagements.

While Vanessa is not involved in the casting process, she said that people with diverse body types are given a ‘fair shot’, adding: ‘I wonder if they truly don’t have enough time in those two weeks to find themselves, A, and then be themselves to then find that spouse.’

Several Love Is Blind fans took umbrage with Vanessa’s remarks, especially the idea that just because someone doesn’t fit in with society’s idea of conventional beauty, that they can be assumed to be ‘insecure’.

The participants of season two came back together for a dramatic reunion (Picture: Netflix)

‘Vanessa Lachey has twisted this into fat people’s problem (too insecure about their bodies to put themselves forward) and not a thin person’s problem (like Shake this last season who explicitly asked the women on the other side of the wall if they were fat, sorry no fatties),’ one person wrote.

‘Absolutely hooting and hollering that Vanessa Lachey said that there aren’t any fat people on Love Is Blind bc they’re insecure about their bodies, which makes them not open to the process. THE SHOW IS ABOUT DATING WITHOUT PHYSICALLY SEEING THE OTHER PERSON,’ someone else pointed out.

 

 

The NCIS: Hawaiʻi star also discussed the possibility of an LGBT+ Love Is Blind, explaining that it would involve a change to the format, as if all the women still lived together and vice versa for the men, then the ‘blind’ element of the series would no longer be relevant.

Nonetheless, she emphasised that Netflix is committed to ‘embracing’ diversity, teasing: ‘You will see some of that in the dating reality television world of Netflix soon.’

Love Is Blind is available to watch on Netflix.

 


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