Love Island contestant Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu looks unrecognizable in throwback photos before surgery from her college days when she was named Susie.
The actress, 27, studied performing arts at the University of Central Lancashire, where friends of the bombshell say her name was Susie Hayzel and spoke with an Essex accent.
In photos obtained exclusively by MailOnline, Ekin-Su, who offended co-star Gemma Owen, 19, on Thursday’s show by poking fun at her age, wore a white bikini and belt during a Miss Ireland beauty pageant in 2012.
‘We only ever knew her as Susie’: Love Island star Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu looks unrecognizable in throwback photos before surgery from her college years when she was called Susie
A source told MailOnline: “Ekin-Su was definitely a character.
“Everyone knew who she was in college, and she made sure of it. We only knew her as Susie and it was a surprise when she started calling herself Ekin-Su.
“She had a strong Essex accent at university, which has changed a lot since she pursued her acting dreams in Turkey.
“Ekin-Su always wanted to be famous, she studied performing arts and after college she competed in Miss World, Miss Ireland and Miss Central London beauty pageants so being on Love Island suits her.”
MailOnline understands the Love Island star’s birth name to be Ekin-Su despite her friends knowing her all the way through college.
‘She was a character’: The actress studied performing arts at the University of Central Lancashire, where friends say she was known as Susie Hayzel (pictured in 2022)
Throwback: Ekin-Su, who offended co-star Gemma Owen on Thursday’s show by poking fun at her age, wore a white bikini and sash during a Miss Ireland beauty pageant (pictured in September 2012 )
In 2017, Ekin-Su entered a Miss Central London beauty pageant, where she came second to represent the capital in a Miss Great Britain pageant.
The model wore a bright pink bikini as she smiled for the cameras at a London nightclub.
She poses next to Olympic diver Tom Daley in another snap from her college days and was pictured in a white crop top with a pink miniskirt at a party in 2013.
In a video shared to her Facebook profile, Ekin-Su sings Labrinth hit Jealous and looks different from her current appearance, with darker hair.
Ready for the camera: In 2017, Ekin-Su took part in the Miss Central London beauty pageant, where she came second to represent London in the Miss Great Britain pageant (pictured in 2017)
Funny moments: Ekin-Su, or Susie as she was known then, smiled next to two friends in a photo from 2013 wearing a white crop top and pink miniskirt (pictured in April 2013)
Famous faces: The Islander, who had a rocky debut on this year’s series, poses next to Olympic diver Tom Daley in another snap from his college days
Ekin-Su made a rocky debut to this year’s series on Thursday night, prompting male contestants to tag his “problem”.
She immediately caught the eye of Davide Sanclimenti, 27, requesting her own personal gym session with the Italian hunk much to the frustration of Gemma, who he is currently in a relationship with.
Asking about their relationship, Ekin-Su said, “They are a very dry couple. Where are the kisses of love? Where’s the “hello baby?”
The dressage champion previously accused Ekin-Su of being “condescending” after the actress said she intended to treat her like a “little sister” because of their age difference.
Gemma, unimpressed, said: “I’m sure she didn’t mean it in an ab***y way, but I felt like it was a little condescending.” I was kind of like, ‘ugh.’
She also told the girls that her main goal of appearing on the ITV series was to find “the love of her life”, not to forge female friendships.