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27 January 2023, 15:01
What was Molly-Mae doing before she signed on for Love Island? Here's how she jumpstarted her career.
The 23-year-old business mogul has many strings to her bow, from collaborations with multiple brands, to becoming the creative director of PrettyLittleThing last year.
But what did Molly-Mae do before she found fame and success?
Let's delve into her career before she stepped out as a blonde bombshell in the infamous villa...
The mega-influencer appeared on the fifth season of the ITV hit dating show three years ago, and in doing so she met now boyfriend and baby daddy Tommy Fury!
Since her summer of love, her career has gone from strength to strength – but she had already made waves online pre-Love Island.
The star had already begun influencing on Instagram before her stint in the villa, in fact, that's how the producers of the show got in touch with her!
In December 2021, she revealed on Diary of a Ceo with Steven Bartlett that even before her reality television days, it was a goal for her to hit one million followers on the 'gram – now she's accumulated a whopping 6.9 million!
When chatting about getting discovered for Love Island, Molly-Mae told Steven: "But yeah – I remember they came forward, and I just thought at the time my influencing was going really well, and there was actually a side of me that thought, 'I can actually do this without going on this show, I know I'll be fine either way'.
"My following was growing rapidly – I think I was about 170,000 at that point, and that was all organic growth."
Other than being an online content creator, she worked as a lifeguard part-time in Manchester before capturing everyone's attention as a stand-out bombshell on the 2019 instalment of the dating show.
Molly-Mae also partook in a series of beauty pageants as a teenager, nabbing the titles of Miss Teen Hertfordshire and World Teen Supermodel UK during her time competing.