Molly-Mae Hague says her many achievements since leaving the Love Island villa "aren't really down to the show".
The 22-year-old influencer, who finished as runner-up of the 2019 series with boyfriend Tommy Fury, was announced this week as the new creative director of online fashion brand PrettyLittleThing.
She said: "The things that I've achieved since coming out of that show aren't really down to the show. They're more down to my drive and ambition to do big things."
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Hague, whose social media following was already considerable before Love Island, said she was actually advised against going on the show, but saw it as a "fun opportunity" to potentially find a partner.
The star said the show "pushed me in the right direction", but she feels she would have ultimately achieved her goals without it.
She added: "Everybody when they come out of that show is given the same opportunities — we all have the same 24 hours in the day — and where you take your life when you come out of a show like that is totally dependent on who you are as a person."
Hague is ranked among the most successful Love Island alumni, with numerous reports suggesting she can earn more than £10,000 for a single sponsored Instagram post directed at her six million followers.
Hague described her new role at PrettyLittleThing as an "honour" adding that "the opportunities are endless" for what she can do in her job.
She added: "I love my life now. There’s not one thing I’d change. I’m so blessed."
The most recent series of Love Island came to an end this week, with Liam Reardon and Millie Court crowned as winners.
Controversy dogged the series, though, with the 2021 run of the show earning more than 30,000 Ofcom complaints — the most in its history.
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