These are the most popular Love Island bombshells of all time

From Molly-Mae to Maura—these are the most iconic Love Island bombshells to date

Maura Higgins, Molly-Mae Hague and Chris Hughes from Love Island in a multi-coloured template
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If you're a fan of Love Island, you will know that without the arrival of Love Island bombshells, the series itself would be a whole lot less dramatic. The latecomers strut in and in most cases, spark absolute chaos. So far, over its eight-season run, the villa has seen a number of iconic bombshells cross its threshold—with the likes of Adam Collard even returning for a second go—but who is the most popular Love Island bombshell of all time?

In Love Island season eight, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu proved the rule yet again that sometimes the best role to play in the dating show is a bombshell. She along with Davide Sanclimenti went on to bag the grand prize but she's not the first late arrival to see success inside, and outside of the villa.

In fact, she has rather big shoes to fill as data (opens in new tab) shows that these ex-Love Islanders are still turning our heads on social media.

According to the statistics (which were compiled by analyzing each former contestant's follower count and their estimated earnings per social media post), the top 20 most popular bombshells span series two, right up to the current year and include some seriously big names—some of whom you may have forgotten were even bombshells...

Molly-Mae Hague (season five)

Coming in at first place is Molly-Mae Hague, whose slow-mo entrance into the villa is now that of legends. She famously went immediately to the Hideaway Hot tub and invited Curtis Pritchard (which wound up the OG girls to no end) and Tommy Fury to join her for a date. 

Tommy was immediately smitten and while their Love Island journey wasn't exactly plain sailing—with Maura and Lucie Donlan also making moves on Tommy and then the return of Casa Amor—the pair are now one of the few Love Island couples still together. In fact, they recently bought a house(and by 'house' we mean mansion) in Manchester

Since leaving the villa, Molly has been named the creative director for Pretty Little Thing, has over 6.4 million followers on Instagram and is believed to earn up to £17,766.95 per post. She also has a successful YouTube channel, where she vlogs her life and shares beauty tutorials.

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Maura Higgins (season five)

Next is, of course, Maura Higgins—no bombshell has ever bombshelled quite like this Irish beauty. During her time in the villa, Maura coined some of the most iconic Love Island quotes—like 'Fanny Flutters' and gave us a number of memorable moments.  Namely, her bust-up with Tom after his comments about her, moments before they were meant to head to the hideaway.

Romance-wise, Maura attempted to turn Tommy's head only to then shock everyone post-Casa Amor by revealing that she actually liked Curtis Pritchard—who had been partnered with Amy Hart since day one. The pair then went on to finish the show in fourth place.

Since her stint, Maura has gained 3.5 million followers on Instagram and pockets an estimated £9,784.98 per post. She's also bagged a number of mega deals with brands including Boohoo and Ann-Summers. 

Another interesting factoid about her is that to this day, she and Molly-Mae still remain BBFS!

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Chris Hughes (season three)

Third on the list, but first among the male bombshells, is Chris Hughes. He famously made up half of the ultimate Love Island bromance with Kem Cetinay and gifted us with some of the best Love Island memes that are still quoted to this day. For those who don't know Chris was behind the now-viral TikTok sound 'Sit back down.'

Since leaving the villa, he's gained 2.2 million followers on Instagram and nabs up to £6,230.01 per post. These days he presents horse racing on ITV alongside other on-screen commitments.

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Millie Court (season seven)

Among the other, most successful former bombshells were last year's winner Millie Court, who recently split with Liam Reardon. After experiencing one of the most dramatic Casa recouplings in history, Millie has gone on to release clothing collections with ASOS, collab with eyelash brand Eyelure and go on some pretty lavish photoshoots.

Coming in close contention are also the likes of Ovie Soko, Alex Bowen, Kady McDermott and Finn Tapp—all of whom have seen major success post-Love Island.

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Season four's bombshells

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Interestingly, series four produced the greatest number of popular bombshells. Zara McDermott, Megan Barton Hanson, Georgia Steel, Ellie Brown, Kazimir Crossley, Josh Denzel, Alexandra Cane and Jack Fowler all ranked high. We know, it's hard to believe these familiar faces almost didn't appear on our screen at all...

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Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu (season eight)

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Unsurprisingly, after winning the Love Island UK 2022 final, Ekin-Su has already climbed to 14th in the rankings.

The actress has already accumulated over 1.2 million followers, with the potential to earn up to £3,377.53 per post and even bagged a mega deal with Oh Polly. Perhaps she'll soon knock Queen Molly-Mae off her top spot?

Only time will tell!

Lauren is a freelance writer and editor with more than six years of digital and magazine experience. Most recently, she has been the Acting Commissioning Editor of Women's Health—where she co-produced the Going For Goal podcast—and has previously also written news and features for titles including The Telegraph, Grazia, Stylist, Dazed, The Sun's Fabulous, Yahoo Style UK and Get The Gloss. She covers all aspects of lifestyle, specializing in health, beauty, and travel. Can't live without: oat milk lattes, new podcast episodes, long walks, and great skincare.

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