Love Island star Sharon Gaffka’s secret connection to Molly-Mae Hague

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Love Island newbie Sharon Gaffka shares a secret connection to former Islander Molly-Mae Hague and it all has to do with beauty pageants.

The 25-year-old hails from Oxford and said she applied for the dating competition as she is the most "outrageous" one of her friendship group.

And now, she revealed that she used to take part in beauty pageants, something that fan-favourite Molly-Mae, 22, used to also do.

"I used to do pageants," she revealed when asked if she knew any of the former Islanders. "Molly-Mae and I had the same pageant director."

Sharon continued: "I was Miss International UK."

The civil servant will be in this year's competition
(Image: ITV)

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The pageant queen, who won Miss International UK in 2018, has worked in a number of government departments since she was 18 and had been doing Brexit policy last year.

She said: "I did a stint during the Coronavirus pandemic in the Department of Health so I was helping deliver testing kits and managing the operations. It’s been an intense year!"

Asked what she was looking for in a romantic partner, she said: "I have this thing where if something doesn’t work out with one person, I’ll try and go for the other extreme to see if that works out.

"I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me. I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that."

Sharon and Molly-Mae have the same beauty pageant director
(Image: mollymae/Instagram)

Sharon applied for the show as she is the most "outrageous" of her friendship group
(Image: sharongaffka /Instagram)

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Sharon, who has already gathered over 22,000 Instagram followers, is also an ambassador for The Young Women's Trust – a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women.

Other Islanders confirmed for this season include model Shannon Singh, luxury events host Aaron Francis and waitress Liberty Poole.

Hugo Hammond – who has played cricket for England PD (Physical Disability) – was named as the series' first disabled contestant.

The remainder contestants include water engineer Jake Cornish, fashion blogger Kaz Kamwi, labourer Brad McClelland and financial services marketing executive Chloe Burrows.

Semi-pro footballer Toby Aromolaran and lettings manager Faye Winter have also been confirmed.

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