Love Island’s Aaron Francis gets REAL about his stretch marks

We adore him already

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by Hannah Mellin |

The new Love Island stars have only been in our lives for 36 hours and we’re falling a little bit in love with them already. One Islander we can’t wait to see on screen is Aaron Francis, who works as a luxury events host and, by his own admission, "meets a lot of famous people." 👀

Despite being incredibly busy at work and mingling with royalty – he helped organise Princess Eugenie and Beatrice's weddings - Aaron somehow makes time to be a TikTok and YouTube sensation, focusing purely on body positivity and skincare. Honestly, we STAN him so hard already.

Vlogging under the name Aaron Jenkins Essentials, the London lad has 1.18k subscribers to his YouTube channel, creating videos about the importance of male grooming. He raves about Nip + Fab, why every man needs to have a pedicure and the best treatments for teenage acne.

However, one particular Tik Tok that Aaron created got us at heat all warm and fuzzy inside; a short video where he talks about embracing his stretch marks. It’s so uplifting, especially as unattainable beauty standards – for both women and men - have been rife on social media in recent years.

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In the video, a topless Aaron proudly shows off his stretch marks and explains, “We’ve all got them. I’ve got them on my elbows, my knees, I’ve got them on my back. I used to be ashamed and I used to get bio oil and rub it in to get rid of them.

“But here’s the thing, these scars, as well as all the other scars, they just show me the battle. These scars show me my progress, so why would I be ashamed of them? Why would I? Embrace them, own them and celebrate them.”

So much positivity, right?

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Just 24 hours before the folk at Love Island released the official 2021 line-up bosses issued a message to viewers ahead of the new series that urged them to #BeKind.

The statement wrote, "You've got a text!

"These Islanders are all single and ready to find love. We can't wait to watch them get to know each other, date and maybe even find the one.

"We're so grateful they're letting us follow their journey this summer. We hope you enjoy the show, but please think before you post."

Show host Laura Whitmore also pleaded with fans to treat the stars with "love, compassion and respect".

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