Who is Tasha Ghouri? Meet Love Island's first-ever deaf contestant
The islander survived the recent elimination, so can she go all the way?
While some islanders have already left the Love Island 2022 villa, plenty of OG contestants are still there - including Tasha Ghouri, the show's first ever deaf contestant.
Tasha has been coupled up with Andrew Le Page since the very beginning of the show, and while the couple have developed a pretty strong relationship, recently, things have been a little rocky.
First, Tasha seemed intrigued by new boy Jay Younger when they had a dinner date. Then, the arrival of Charlie Radnedge also seemed to get Tasha's interest. Now, she and Andrew are going through a rough patch while Tasha decides whether or not she's ready to commit to the real estate agent.
Tasha has plans to donate the prize money to charity if she wins - but will she make it all the way to the end? We'll just have to wait and see what Love Island has in store for her. Here is everything you need to know about islander Tasha Ghouri.
Tasha Ghouri - Key facts
Job: Model and dancer
Who is Tasha coupled up with? Andrew Le Page
What is a cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that can help those with deafness to hear the full range of speech sounds.
It is a form of hearing aid which turns sound into electronic signals, providing a sensation of hearing by stimulating the auditory nerve.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the implant "consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin".
Tasha Ghouri uses a cochlear implant, having been born deaf and receiving her implant at the age of five.
Ghouri runs an Instagram account dedicated to raising awareness for the deaf community, with @taskswithtashax highlighting how deafness is "not a disability" but "a superpower".
Why did Tasha Ghouri want to take part in Love Island?
"My dating life has been a shambles," Tasha explained in a statement, before adding that Love Island was "an opportunity for me to find ‘the one'".
She's also hoping to have "a great summer at the same time".
Tasha says she's "definitely ready" for a relationship.
Is Tasha on Instagram?
Yes she is, and head over to @tashaghouri and give her a follow to see all she posts, or what her team posts considering she is currently living a social media-free life. And you will not be the only one to follow her as 173k+ people have already!
What is Tasha Ghouri looking for in a partner?
Tasha said she's looking to get to know someone she can "go on holidays and travel with".
Speaking of her own personality, Tasha said her friends and family would describe her as "wild".
"I can get very wild on a night out, I’m definitely a party animal," she said. "I love my prosecco and to have a dance – I’m always on the dance floor. I’m very loyal to my friends and family, I’ll always have their backs."
She added: "I’m the type of person to put others before me. They would definitely say I’m a nap queen – I love napping! I think they’d also say I’m inspirational because of my hearing and my cochlear implant. I inspire quite a lot of people because I’m really open about it."
Tasha is also not afraid to step on toes to find her man.
"It’s a tough one because I’m a girls’ girl but it is a dating show and I’m here to find my man," she said. "I may have to step on toes but I’ll do it in the nicest way possible."
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