Vanessa Lachey Believes The Lack Of Body Diversity On “Love Is Blind” Is Because Contestants Are “Insecure” About Being Themselves
Netflix’s reality dating series Love Is Blind proves that not only is love blind, but it’s also tone deaf as well. And recently, the subject of the show’s lack of body diversity was brought up during a chat with Love Is Blind co-host Vanessa Lachey, who giddily dangles her ongoing love with co-host/husband Nick Lachey in contestants’ faces during every messy episode. And apparently to be on the cast of Love Is Blind (and most dating shows) you have to look a certain way and that way does not include being plus-sized. So Vanessa is finally speaking out on that criticism by blaming the contestants for having issues with their own insecurities.
If you’ve never watched Love Is Blind before, please don’t. The basic breakdown is people meet each other, sight unseen. If it’s a match, they start dating. Ultimately, they will either get married or leave each other at the altar. But now the show is receiving backlash for not giving people of various body types a chance at love. And according to Insider during a promotion for the upcoming fundraising event, DQ Miracle Treat Day, Vanessa has finally stopped laughing long enough at the question “Where are all the pleasantly plump folks?” to burp up a questionable and confusing response that sounds like something she made up on the spot.
She said she often wonders if some contestants don’t make it past the “pods” stage of the experiment because they feel “insecure” and don’t have enough time to make meaningful connections.
“Their whole life they’ve been so insecure about being themselves because of this crazy swipe generation that we are in and this catfishing world that we’re in, that they’re so afraid to be themselves,” Lachey said of contestants who may not believe they fit into conventional beauty standards.
WUT?! We all know that the main reason those folks aren’t included is that television is shallow as hell. But do we really want to see a skinny person break the heart of someone who isn’t skinny enough for them? That show is a big enough mess. Vanessa tried it, though. And she kept trying it by then letting everyone know she and Nick have nothing to do with casting and those insecure potential contestants need to love themselves more.
Lachey acknowledged that many couples who move past the pods stage fit into conventional beauty standards. She’s not a part of the casting process but said she knows that “Love Is Blind” and Netflixgive people with diverse bodies a “fair shot” as far as casting them on the show.
“I wonder if they truly don’t have enough time in those two weeks to find themselves, A, and then be themselves to then find that spouse,” Lachey continued.
Instead of all that, Vanessa should have just said, “That’s not up to me. Now can we talk about Blizzards and Dipped Cones!?”