Love Island winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu looks unrecognisable in snaps from ten years ago


She was crowned as the winner of Love Island 2022 alongside her partner Davide Sanclimenti on Monday night.

And Ekin-Su Culculoglu looks unrecognisable in throwback pictures taken when she was competing in a fashion contest at the age of 18 back in 2012.

In photographs obtained by MailOnline, the Turkish actress, 27, stunned in a sparkling sequinned black and silver checkered mini dress.

Different look: Ekin-Su Culculoglu looks unrecognisable in throwback pictures taken when she was competing in a fashion contest at the age of 18 back in 2012

She gave herself a few extra inches in a pair of black stilettos as she was seen posing for snaps on a cream couch.

Ekin-Su opted for a bold touch of red lipstick and a dramatic slick of eyeliner, while she also added a touch of sparkling face paint under her eyes. 

She styled her brunette tresses in a straight fashion as she struck a series of poses for the fashion contest pictures.

In another snap, Ekin-Su was seen wearing a black halter-neck gown embellished with floral detailing, while she carried a sparkling pink clutch bag over one shoulder.

Now: Ekin-Su is pictured during Monday night's Love Island final

Unrecognisable: In photographs obtained by MailOnline, the Turkish actress, 27, stunned in a sparkling sequinned black and silver checkered mini dress

Unrecognisable: In photographs obtained by MailOnline, the Turkish actress, 27, stunned in a sparkling sequinned black and silver checkered mini dress

Fashion contest: She gave herself a few extra inches in a pair of black stilettos as she was seen posing for snaps on a cream couch

Fashion contest: She gave herself a few extra inches in a pair of black stilettos as she was seen posing for snaps on a cream couch

And Ekin-Su, who has had non-surgical nose job and Botox treatment, also rocked a white jumpsuit for another snap.

She looked strikingly different in the throwback snaps compared to her appearance on Love Island, which saw her win the 2022 series with Italian stallion Davide, 27. 

It comes after it was revealed that Ekin-Su, who hails from Essex, once appeared on a budget reality show production, called Lancashore, while studying at the University of Central Lancashire.

The TV show focused on a group of students living in Preston and Ekin-Su looked unrecognisable in a clip from the series. 

Poser: Ekin-Su opted for a bold touch of red lipstick and a dramatic slick of eyeliner, while she also added a touch of sparkling face paint under her eyes

Poser: Ekin-Su opted for a bold touch of red lipstick and a dramatic slick of eyeliner, while she also added a touch of sparkling face paint under her eyes

Outfits: Ekin-Su, who has had non-surgical nose job and Botox treatment, also rocked a white jumpsuit for another snap

Throwback: She styled her brunette tresses in a straight fashion as she struck a series of poses for the fashion contest pictures

Throwback: She styled her brunette tresses in a straight fashion as she struck a series of poses for the fashion contest pictures

In one scene saw Ekin-Su discussing a group of lads who were living upstairs, saying: ‘Are they hot? Because I’m single, so…’ while another scene saw her confess she fancied one of the men during a drinking game.

When asked about one boy in particular, Ekin-Su says: ‘No, he’s got a girlfriend, before a pal says: ‘Well that’s never stopped you before.’ 

Ekin-Su then shoots her daggers and the other girl quickly backtracks, saying she was ‘just joking,’ before she drinks down her drink. 

During the show, Ekin-Su went by the name Suzie Hazel, and the beauty is no stranger to using a stage name, having previously gone by Su Hayzel and Su Ekin.

All smiles: Ekin-Su, who was age 18 at the time, flashed a smile as she posed for the photographs

All smiles: Ekin-Su, who was age 18 at the time, flashed a smile as she posed for the photographs

Different look: She was seen smiling for cameras as she strutted around the venue for the fashion contest

Stylish: She looked strikingly different in the throwback snaps compared to her appearance on Love Island, which saw her win the 2022 series with Italian stallion Davide, 27

Stylish: She looked strikingly different in the throwback snaps compared to her appearance on Love Island, which saw her win the 2022 series with Italian stallion Davide, 27

Snaps: As well as fashion contests, Ekin-Su also competed in a Miss Central London beauty competition in 2017

Snaps: As well as fashion contests, Ekin-Su also competed in a Miss Central London beauty competition in 2017

She studied performing arts at the University of Central Lancashire, where friends of the bombshell say she was known as Susie Hayzel and spoke with an Essex accent.

A source told MailOnline of her time at university in June: ‘Ekin-Su was definitely a character.

‘Everybody knew who she was at university, and she made sure of that. We only ever knew her as Susie though and it was a surprise when she started going by the name Ekin-Su.

‘She had a strong Essex accent at university, which has changed a lot since she pursued her acting dreams in Turkey.

On screen: It comes after it was revealed Ekin-Su, who hails from Essex, appeared on a budget reality show production, called Lancashore, while at the University of Central Lancashire

On screen: It comes after it was revealed Ekin-Su, who hails from Essex, appeared on a budget reality show production, called Lancashore, while at the University of Central Lancashire

'He's got a girlfriend... that hasn't stopped you before': Love Island's Ekin-Su was unrecognisable as she was accused of being a man-stealer in reality TV stint 10 years ago, (left)

As she is now: Ekin-Su as she looks now - she won Love Island along with Davide Saclimenti on Monday

‘He’s got a girlfriend… that hasn’t stopped you before’: Love Island’s Ekin-Su was unrecognisable as she was accused of being a man-stealer in reality TV stint 10 years ago (left)

‘Ekin-Su always wanted to be famous, she studied performing arts and after uni competed in Miss World, Miss Ireland, and Miss Central London beauty pageants, so being on Love Island suits her.’ 

MailOnline understands the Love Island star’s birth name is Ekin-Su despite how pals knew her throughout university.

In 2017, Ekin-Su competed in a Miss Central London beauty competition, where she came runner up to represent the capital in a Miss Great Britain pageant. 

In 2020, Ekin-Su then landed a role in the Turkish soap opera Kuzey Yildizi, which told the tale of a man who abandoned his fiancée for a new woman after going to university.

Winners! On Monday, Ekin-Su and her partner Davide were crowned as the Love Island 2022 champions and took home the £50,000 cash prize

Winners! On Monday, Ekin-Su and her partner Davide were crowned as the Love Island 2022 champions and took home the £50,000 cash prize

However, two decades later, karma hits when his wife leaves him and he is forced to go back to his hometown and the family who cut all ties with him.

In the soap, which translates to North Star in English, Ekin-Su starred as Işıl, a photographer from London, and her character ends up saying the life of leading character Kuzey, with clips from the show displaying her acting skills while speaking in fluent Turkish.

While on Love Island, Ekin-Su also revealed that she played a serial killer on a Turkish show, though it is not known whether this was in Kuzey Yildizi, or another series.

And on Monday, Ekin-Su and her partner Davide were crowned as the Love Island 2022 champions and took home the £50,000 cash prize.

The smitten couple have since bid farewell to Mallorca and touched down back in the UK on Wednesday morning, where they reunited with their loved ones. 

Home at last! The smitten couple have since bid farewell to Mallorca and touched down back in the UK on Wednesday morning, where they reunited with their loved ones

Home at last! The smitten couple have since bid farewell to Mallorca and touched down back in the UK on Wednesday morning, where they reunited with their loved ones

Since her win, a source told MailOnline she’s already being inundated with lucrative offers, meaning she could surpass multi-millionaire Molly-Mae Hague, 23, who was runner-up on the 2019 series, to become the show’s richest ever star.

Ekin-Su, who entered the villa on the third day as a bombshell, has already had a taste of the spotlight, and the brunette is now set to cash in with an estimated £1million payday.

A source close to Ekin-Su told MailOnline: ‘We’ve never seen the likes of the deals that are already coming through the door. It’s not just your typical reality TV fodder. 

‘She’s absolutely inundated with lucrative offers from brands and they’re prepared to pay big money to get her onboard. She’s going to be the new Molly-Mae Hague!’

Career: A source said Ekin-Su has already being inundated with lucrative offers, meaning she could surpass multi-millionaire Molly-Mae Hague, 23, to become the show's richest ever star

Career: A source said Ekin-Su has already being inundated with lucrative offers, meaning she could surpass multi-millionaire Molly-Mae Hague, 23, to become the show’s richest ever star 

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