Camilla Thurlow insists Love Island stars CAN be role models as she launches an impassioned rant against the 'dangerous' notion of pigeon-holing people

She's always been a vocal proponent of feminism and equality.

And 2017 Love Island contestant Camilla Thurlow, 29, couldn't remain quiet over a Twitter comment comparing the villa's reality stars to tennis ace Serena Williams, suggesting they can't be role models.

The tweet read: 'Young women. Would you rather be someone from Love Island, or have the work ethic, discipline, tenacity, talent, grace and magnificence of Serena Williams? Loaded question #RealRoleModels'.

Hitting back: Love Island's Camilla Thurlow, 29, couldn't remain quiet over a Twitter comment comparing the reality stars to tennis ace Serena Williams

Hitting back: Love Island's Camilla Thurlow, 29, couldn't remain quiet over a Twitter comment comparing the reality stars to tennis ace Serena Williams

The reality star and bomb disposal expert later penned a response to the post, saying that people can be Love Island contestants and intellectuals. 

She said: 'I cannot stop thinking about this tweet.

'I think it's a really dangerous notion that we have the right to tell people that there is a correct way to aspire to live their lives. Below are a few points from a talk I did last year on the subject'.

She wrote: 'Please remember that you don't need to take someone else's perception of success and try to fit your dreams and aspirations into their box.

'Dangerous notion': The  bomb disposal expert later penned a response to the post, reading: 'I cannot stop thinking about this tweet - I think it's a really dangerous notion that we have the right to tell people that there is a correct way to aspire to live their lives'

'Dangerous notion': The bomb disposal expert later penned a response to the post, reading: 'I cannot stop thinking about this tweet - I think it's a really dangerous notion that we have the right to tell people that there is a correct way to aspire to live their lives'

Making her point: Camilla attached some points from a talk she had done previously

Making her point: Camilla attached some points from a talk she had done previously

Eloquent: She wrote, 'Please remember that you don't need to take someone else's perception of success and try to fit your dreams and aspirations into their box

'It is terrifying when you feel like you don't fit in, I think so many of us know what that's like. To feel alone. To sit in that grey area and not know where to go.

'But within that grey area is opportunity, the opportunity to break barriers, to defy expectations, to be who you could be rather than who you should be.'

Her tweet brought an outpouring of support from fans, with one writing: 'I just don’t understand the ideology that going on Love Island automatically cancels out everything else remarkable about someone?

'I thought we as a society were moving past labelling people (esp. women) based on their choices, but looks like we still have a long way to go'.

Hard at work: Camilla has previously discussed her thoughts on her reality show fame affecting her image

Hard at work: Camilla has previously discussed her thoughts on her reality show fame affecting her image

Another said: 'I was so happy you were on Love Island as you made it worthwhile to watch! You were certainly someone many alike you could identify with - actually you were the first ever I could identify with.

'You can be smart and beautiful. Great points there on your talk!!'

Camilla has previously discussed her thoughts on her reality show fame affecting her image. In an interview with The Sunday Times, she said: 'I was nervous about that side of things. It challenged me in a really positive way, but it didn't fundamentally change the person I am'. 

Loved up: Camilla and Jamie Jewitt met when they were both on Love Island and have been together ever since

Loved up: Camilla and Jamie Jewitt met when they were both on Love Island and have been together ever since

While on Love Island, Camilla got into a row with fellow contestant Jonny Mitchell over feminism. 

The bomb disposal expert was left both baffled and unimpressed when Jonny announced that he would 'feel emasculated if a girl paid for dinner' before asking her: 'You're a feminist aren't you?'

She queried: 'Shouldn't we all be feminists? Surely you believe in equality?', before he rather awkwardly stated: 'Feminism believes in almost inequality'.

Following the exchange, she went on to break down in tears as she was 'disgusted' that she had kissed somebody who shares those political views.

Fighting for equality: While on Love Island, Camilla got into a row with fellow contestant Jonny Mitchell over feminism

Fighting for equality: While on Love Island, Camilla got into a row with fellow contestant Jonny Mitchell over feminism

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Camilla Thurlow insists Love Island stars can be role models

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