First contestant on Winter Love Island ‘revealed’


First contestant on Winter Love Island ‘revealed’: Boohoo model Tanya Manhenga, 22, ‘gearing up to move into South African villa’

The first singleton heading to the Love Island villa for the upcoming winter series has reportedly been revealed as Boohoo model Tanya Manhenga.

According to The Sun, the biomedical science student, 22, is among the next crop of hopefuls heading to South Africa to look for love.

Alongside her degree, Tanya has worked with brands including Ego and Simmi shoes and she is already represented by the talent agency Muse.

Hopeful: The first singleton heading to the Love Island villa for the upcoming winter series has reportedly been revealed as Boohoo model Tanya Manhenga

Tanya currently boasts over 11,000 followers on Instagram who she keeps entertained with several bikini snaps.

A source said: ‘Tanya really is the whole package, she’s a smart as she is stunning and she looks set to be one of this series’ most popular Islanders.

‘She’s an Islander in waiting, already moving in the same circles as former cast members and with brand deals already under her belt.

‘But her followers already know she’s got a personality to match. This year’s cast is a sassy bunch, packed with banter and good chat, and Tanya is set to lead the pack.’

Stunning: According to The Sun , the biomedical science student, 22, is among the next crop of hopefuls heading to South Africa to look for love

Stunning: According to The Sun , the biomedical science student, 22, is among the next crop of hopefuls heading to South Africa to look for love

Perhaps hinting at her upcoming TV appearance, Tanya captioned her Christmas Eve post with: ‘The calm before the storm’. 

MailOnline has contacted Love Island representatives for comment. 

The ninth series will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama, after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the position following former presenter Caroline Flack’s tragic death in 2020. 

The villa was revealed last month, with sources telling MailOnline the South African manor is the ‘best villa’ yet, boasting stunning mountain views and is nestled away in the country’s ‘millionaire row’.

Wow: Tanya currently boasts over 11,000 followers on Instagram who she keeps entertained with several bikini snaps

Wow: Tanya currently boasts over 11,000 followers on Instagram who she keeps entertained with several bikini snaps

A source said: 'Tanya really is the whole package, she's a smart as she is stunning and she looks set to be one of this series' most popular Islanders'

A source said: ‘Tanya really is the whole package, she’s a smart as she is stunning and she looks set to be one of this series’ most popular Islanders’ 

Love Island bosses have reportedly splashed out on a £1.2M villa which will see the contestants compete like Gladiators to win the show’s sportiest season yet.

According to The Sun, the lavish mansion in South Africa boasts a zip line, 400m running track as well as both rugby and football pitches.

The property will be home to a whole host of British singletons as the winter edition of the show returns after three years. 

Meanwhile, Love Island announced their new duty of care measures for 2023 on Friday ahead of the series in South Africa – and there are some big changes in store.

ITV2 will ban Islanders’ social media activity during show and will give enhanced training around behaviour in relationships after a controversial summer series.

New face: The ninth series will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama , after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the position

New face: The ninth series will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama , after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the position 

It comes after Love Island received more than 5,000 Ofcom complaints last year, with viewers sharing their concerns about ‘misogynistic behaviour and bullying’.

Now ITV have said a comprehensive package of welfare measures remain in place for programme contributors to ensure stars are fully supported before, during and after the filming period.

As part of extended measures to protect both the Islanders and their families from ‘the adverse effects of social media’, participants will be asked to pause handles and accounts on their social media platforms for the duration of their time on the show.

The Winter Love Island series start date will reportedly be Monday, January 16. 

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