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‘Love Is Blind’ host Vanessa Lachey addresses the show’s lack of body diversity

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In its two seasons (and counting), the Netflix series “Love Is Blind,” hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, has captured audience attention thanks to its unique format.

Attempting to bypass the superficial aspects of dating, the series has people get to know each other in isolated rooms. In the “pods,” as they’re called, contestants are literally walled off from seeing potential love matches, and prevented from making decisions based on appearances. 

For all its emphasis on looking past appearances, “Love Is Blind” has been criticized for a lack of body diversity among cast members. In Season Two, viewers noticed that plus-size contestants were given less screen time and were not among the six couples ultimately featured.

In an interview Monday with Insider, host Vanessa Lachey addressed criticism over the show’s casting.

Lachey, who told Insider she is not part of the casting process, said that she believes Netflix gives people with diverse bodies a “fair shot,” and that the lack of cast members who don’t adhere to conventional beauty standards may come down to insecurity on the contestants’ ends.

Contestants in pods on “Love Is Blind.”Netflix

“Their whole life, they’ve been so insecure about being themselves because of this crazy swipe generation that we are in and this catfishing world that we’re in that they’re so afraid to be themselves,” Lachey said.

“I wonder if they truly don’t have enough time in those two weeks to find themselves, A, and then be themselves to then find that spouse,” she continued.

This isn’t the first time individuals connected to the show have spoken to the casting process. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “Love Is Blind” creator and executive producer Chris Coelen also addressed casting choices, and said producers “really tried” to feature a “diverse pool.” 

“Both Season 1 and Season 2, we really tried to have a diverse pool of participants in every sense of what that word means — whether it’s experience or body type or ethnicity or whatever,” Coelen said. He added, “There’s only so many people that we showed.”

During the interview, Lachey also touched on the show’s lack of LGBTQ+ representation, which she chalked up to logistics. On the show, men and women reside in separate living areas and meet only in the pods.

“If you think about if you did just women, then it wouldn’t be separate quarters, it would just be one big house of everybody out for themselves, I guess,” she said. “And if you did the men, it would be the same.”

Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey in Season Two of "Love Is Blind."
Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey in Season Two of “Love Is Blind.”Netflix

In an interview with Metro in 2020, creator Coelen raised similar concerns about the “logistics” when asked whether future seasons of the show would feature LGBTQ+ cast members.

“Based on the setup of it, a LGBTQ+ version of that has some logistical difficulties in the current setup,” Coelen said.

The Netflix series included a bisexual contestant in its first season. However, Carlton Morton’s sexuality became the focus of a fight with his brief fiancée, Diamond Jack.

During their post-pod trip to Mexico, the couple’s bond frayed after Morton came out to his fiancé as bisexual. Their conversation devolved into accusations and name calling. Eventually, Jack tossed Morton’s engagement ring into a pool.

On social media, “Love Is Blind” viewers responded to Lachey’s statements.

“Vanessa Lachey really went on record to say the reason bigger women aren’t featured on Love is Blind is because they are too insecure to make a connection?” one wrote, adding that Lachey should have “just said nothing.”

Another “called b—–t” on the notion that insecurities are to blame for the show’s lack of body diversity.

Lachey and her husband, Nick Lachey, also co-host the Netflix dating show “The Ultimatum,” which will have an all-queer cast for its second season.



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Jessie James Decker Responds to ‘Unkind’ Instagram Comments About Her Children’s Bodies

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Jessie James Decker has no time for comments about her kids! Over the weekend, the 34-year-old singer shared a series of pictures from her family’s trip to Mexico.

Jessie posted a photo of herself, husband Eric Decker and their three children — Vivianne, 8, Eric, 7, and Forrest, 4 — posing in their swimwear, which led some fans to talk about the kids’ abdominal muscles.  

One user commented that it was “strange” for children to have bodies like that at young ages, while another wrote, “That doesn’t look right … Sorry, not sorry.”

Jessie took to the comments to shut down anyone who felt the need to discuses her children’s bodies.  

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“From one mother to another, please don’t call my children’s appearance strange just because they don’t look the way you think they should? It’s unkind,” she wrote.

Decker had another comment for users who believed she altered her children’s appearance with an app. 

“Surely this is an app but I don’t see anyone saying as much,” she wrote with sarcasm. “Yeah I used an ‘ab’ app on my small children wtf.” 

Jessie’s comments weren’t just filled with negativity. Some of the singer’s famous friends took to the comments section to express their inspiration to hit the gym after seeing her kids. 

“Just wait till I start doing 2 a days 🙄😂 they’re ripped!!,” Kane Brown said.  

“These abs on these babies, tho!!! I gotta step my game up! Lol,” Kelly Rowland added. 

“I love these smiles. The strength. So in their bodies. Fun goals 💋💛♥️💕,” Selma Blair wrote.  

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Jessie also gave her followers a look at her and her husband’s beach bodies. In a video montage from their trip, the singer led with a picture of her rocking a pink swimsuit, and the NFL player going shirtless while they smiled on the beach with their kids. 

“Had the time of our lives on a much needed family vacation!!!! So grateful for the sun, fun, food, family and friends🌴🥥✨🥰 until next time🥰,” she wrote.  

In another video, Jessie gave her followers a look at her son, Forrest’s, Michael Jackson dance moves.  

“Our little superstar!! Forrest entertained everyone all week long going from Elvis to Michael Jackson!! His love of music and dance warms my heart! This kid is never stops performing or dancing no matter the time of day!!,” she captioned the video set to Michael Jackson’s song, “Bad.”

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The family trip came after Jessie competed on season 31 of Dancing With the Stars. In October, ET spoke up with the singer, who shared how hard she was working to balance work, motherhood and competing for the mirrorball trophy. 

“It’s really hard! I’m not a dancer and I think I underestimated how hard this was going to be,” she told ET. “But I am proud of myself for challenging myself and every week getting out there and doing my best.” 

 

 



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15 Bluetooth Turntables For Spinning Your Favorite Tunes

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This also comes with a dust cover, adapter for 7″ records, aluminum plate, attachment pieces, rubber vinyl platter, and a USB B cable.

Promising review: “My teen daughter has begun to show a deep interest in music and wanted to get started with vinyl. I have a large collection of LPs, which have been well-cared for and only played on high-end equipment. Knowing that she would want to play some of those records, I was looking for a good quality turntable that would perform well and not cause any harm to the vinyl. This Sony fit the bill perfectly for both of our needs. It is a solid piece of hifi-grade equipment, is well-designed with simple and intelligent controls, and it allows for multiple means of playback connectivity. The Bluetooth connected easily to an Amazon Echo Studio speaker, which sounds great, and the Studio then reconnects immediately upon each use without having to re-pair with the turntable. Build quality is nice, it has a good weight, and has a very aesthetically pleasing and understated design. Well worth purchasing.” —nycmrx

Get it from Amazon for $198.

Add some flare to your record player with a ~snazzy~ accent cabinet.

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Family speaks out after country singer Jake Flint, 37, dies hours after his wedding

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Jake Flint’s family is mourning the loss of the country music singer following the news that he died in his sleep at the age of 37, hours after getting married. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Flint’s family sent a press release to TODAY.com confirming the musician died on Nov. 26 during the early hours of the morning.

The statement also included a message from Flint’s family that said, “Our hearts are broken over this tragic loss. Jacob was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and partner to his wife, Brenda. He valued his family, friendships and living life to the fullest, which was evident in his songwriting.”

Flint’s loved ones wrote, “Every person who knew him has a story of his wit, charm, talent, and compassion. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and the many beautiful tributes that have been shared about the impact Jacob had on many lives.”

“While we grieve what we know could have been, we’re grateful that his talent and love live on in his songs,” the statement concluded. 

According to the press release, Flint’s funeral services will be held on Dec. 5 at Cedar Point Church in Claremore, Oklahoma.

The press release said that a cause of death has not been determined. 

Flint and his wife, Brenda, tied the knot in an Oklahoma ceremony last weekend. Brenda Flint grieved the loss of her husband in a Facebook post shared on Nov. 28. 

She uploaded a video from their wedding that showed the newlyweds goofing off and dancing with each other as a photographer snapped photos of them.

“I don’t understand,” she wrote in the caption. 

In a separate post shared the next day, she said, “We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in. People aren’t meant to feel this much pain. My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back.” 

She wrote, “ I can’t take much more. I need him here.”

Flint, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, released his first album in 2015, titled “I’m Not Okay.” He then released an eponymous record in 2020 and followed it with two live albums. His most recent album was 2021’s “Live and Socially Distanced at Mercury Lounge.” He was also named “Breakout Artist of the Year” at the 2019 We Are Tulsa Music Awards. 

His manager, Brenda Cline,” called the late musician a “rising star” in a statement and celebrated his positive attitude.

“He had a humble personality, lovable nature, and the ability to keep you laughing till your sides hurt,” she said. 

Publicist Clif Doyal praised Flint for being “a true ambassador of the Oklahoma and Texas Red Dirt music scene.” 

“With his infectious smile and disarming sense of humor, he was loved by many, and I believe that, along with his music, will be his lasting legacy,” Doyal wrote.

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