‘It gives her the ability to inspire others’: Love Island star Tasha’s dad says her deafness is a ‘superpower’ as she can lip-read other Islanders’ private conversations
The Love Islander, 23, was born deaf and her dad Tarek, 55, has said that this enables her to read the other contestants’ private conversations and body language.
Speaking to The Sun, Tarek said: ‘Her aid is very directional. It’s got a microphone at the front. So if people are talking behind at a distance, she probably won’t pick that up. But between that, her lip-reading and body language, she’s very good.’
Sweet: Tasha Ghouri’s father has said that the Love Island contestant’s ability to lip-read is a ‘superpower’ in the villa
He explained that this secret weapon has come in handy in many pub quizzes, as Tasha is able to see what the other teams have answered.
He sweetly added: ‘By definition a superpower is ‘an exceptional or extraordinary power or ability’.
‘And for Tasha it gives her the ability to inspire others into understanding they are not hindered by any disability or insecurity, they should believe in themselves and that anything is possible.’
Secret weapon: The Love Islander, 23, was born deaf and her dad Tarek, 55, has said that this enables her to read the other contestants’ private conversations and body language
Tasha revealed to her fellow Islanders last week that she was born deaf and wears a cochlear implant.
She told MailOnline about the ‘obstacles’ she’s overcome following years of speech therapy and hearing rehab.
‘I wasn’t always confident in my life, I have learned this is who I am and it’s not a negative thing or something I hate. I love it now. I really am happy about it’, she explained ahead of the Love Island launch on Monday.
Last year, Rose made history as the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly, going on to win the competition with her dance partner, Giovanni.
Tasha praised the EastEnders actress after she raised awareness for the deaf community and touched audiences with her now BAFTA award-winning Couples’ Choice performance.
Speaking in Mallorca last week, Tasha said: ‘I love Strictly and being a dancer, Rose is such an amazing role model it was so powerful what she did.
‘She represented me, as well as the deaf community and I just thought it was awesome. It was a beautiful message.’
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
‘Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
‘I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
‘I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
‘There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’
Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains!
‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’
Name: Afia Tonkmor
Occupation: Lounge Host at a Private Members Club
Who is their type on paper? ‘I love going on dates but I want to be in a relationship and just call it a day!
‘I like going on dates but I am just so done with it now, I just want the relationship, chill thing.’