Love Island’s Yewande Biala has sparked a fierce debate about colourism about speaking about her own experiences on the hugely popular dating show.
The scientist, 23, was speaking about the impact of being a black women in the media industry when she revealed that she didn’t step forward for Sherif Lanre in the villa because she knew he would end up preferring a ‘lighter skinned girl’ like Amber Gill.
The confession sparked a divide on social media, with many praising the Dublin native for speaking her truth and shining a light on colourism, while others claiming that Sherif didn’t pick her because he simply wasn’t attracted to her.’
Love Island’s Yewande Biala, 23, has sparked a fierce debate about colourism about speaking about her own experiences on the hugely popular dating show
Speaking on 1Xtra Talks, Yewande stated: ‘When Sherif walked in, I was like, “I don’t think we’re going to get on!”
‘Straight away, I didn’t even step forward because I was like he’s probably not going to even like me.’
Yewande explained further: ‘With black men, they usually like light skinned women. And obviously Amber was by my side and so I was like what’s the point of even stepping forward.
‘And he did end up picking Amber to couple up with and then when he had to couple up again, he picked Anna. So I was like, “we’re not going to get on.”
The host quizzed her: ‘So, you already had that in your mind when you saw him?’
‘What’s point of steppin forward?’ The scientist, 23, revealed that she didn’t step forward for Sherif Lanre (R) in the villa because she knew he would end up preferring a ‘lighter skinned girl’ like Amber Gill
The confession sparked a divide on social media, with many praising the Dublin native for speaking her truth and shining a light on colourism
The reality star explained: ‘Yeah, it’s not that it was a villa thing. It’s more of a society thing. It’s a society issue. It’s heightened in the villa because there’s only a couple of people.’
Her comments drew attention on social media, with a lot of praise being heaped on her:
‘Self hating black men and colourist black people coming for Yewande for speaking ABOUT HER OWN EXPERIENCES is disappointing but not surprising. Y’all acting like colourisim isn’t a real issue. The truth has you soo mad.’
‘Why are you lot mad at yewande she’s right. not all, but a lot of dark skin men slander dark skin women (which sherif HAS) so why would she step forward for him when she knows he’s gonna go for a lighter girl. especially sherif with of all people who can’t even apply carmex.’
‘I can’t believe black boys are acting ignorant over what Yewande said lmao. Is she wrong? No. Was her judgement of sherif wrong? No.’
However, others claiming that Sherif didn’t pick her because he simply wasn’t attracted to her’
‘Yk, Yewande said this with her whole chest because her entire life experience proved that to her. Colorism is real af, but y’all wanna do all sorts of hi-vis deflection to justify it, smfh.’
‘Most of the time black girls can tell when a black guy only dates white women or non black women. Most of the time it’s always correct. Let’s not lie to ourselves. Our good sis Yewande was right. Ok.’
‘Once again black men are offended by the truth like they don’t chase the lightest women they can find. Yewande ain’t lying about Sherif. Instead of being offended why not just do right by dark skin women? I’m light skin before you come accusing me of being bitter.’
‘Oh, a lot of black dudes getting offended by a black woman speaking out about colourism…what a surprise. n for the ones being defensive cause they “aren’t colourists” ~bro, if it don’t apply, let if fly. #yewande.’
However, others weren’t too pleased with her comments, coming back with the following arguments:
‘Not every black man must find her attractive.’
‘Amber is simply better looking than yewande looool nothing to do with skin colour; this twitter place is a waffle. Crying over EVERYTHING
‘So she’s vein enough to go on the show but not vein enough to step forward, proving there is an undeniable prejudice in the world, apparently��
‘Ok, When it’s all said and done, she ain’t the most pretty black girl to even be selected from.. Why don’t we start with that, guys go for looks more than anything. White or black doesn’t matter. If you look good with n without
you shouldn’t have a problem. I rest my case.
‘What if the guy just didn’t like her, are you saying he had to pick her just cos she is dark skinned? Genuine question
‘She behaved towards him based on her insecurity and internalised expectation, and in turn he responded to her based on that. She just literally created her own colurism reality lol. Not that colurism isn’t real, but she MADE it real in that villa. THAT’S story of many black men.’
Meanwhile, Yewande continued to detail her experience as a black women in the entertainment industry.
‘I realised being black is hard, but being black and in the media is harder. You have to stand out and you have to do more and it can get quite frustrating.
‘You feel like you’re not doing enough, but just keep pushing to keep doing what you’re doing and someone will see how amazing you are.’
Speaking about her fellow castmates Amber, who is mixed race, and Anna Vakili, who is Iranian, Yewande confessed: ‘We all struggled”.
‘We didn’t find anyone who liked us. It was always someone coming in and saying “my type is blonde and petite”.
‘We’d just look at each other and say “they’re obviously not here for us”.