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Sharon Gaffka is a multi-talented social media influencer, reality TV star, feminist advocate, and aspiring politician and lawyer. She has built an audience of over 515,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok.
Gaffka is best known for appearing on the seventh season of the British reality dating show island of love In 2021 he became a key player and TV star before being booted after three weeks.
Before joining island of love, Gaffka was a model and pageant queen. She was crowned Miss International United Kingdom in 2018 – in case you don’t know, Miss International is an extremely popular international beauty pageant based in Japan.
Gaffka has also pursued a career in public service, working in operational and advisory government positions in the UK. Currently, Gaffka is an advocate for Young Women’s Trust, a feminist organization and charity, and is working towards becoming a lawyer and politician.
We spoke to Gaffka about the ups and downs of being the lead island of lovehow the show transformed its online presence, its advice for creators curious about reality TV, its political ambitions, and its creative endeavors.
As someone with a career in law and public service, why did you decide to become a content creator as well?
Oddly I don’t think I decided to become a content creator, it happened naturally as a result of my previous participation in beauty pageants and it seems like a natural progression once I left reality TV.
What lessons did you learn in the modeling and pageant world that influenced your future career choice?
I think competitions teach a lot about resilience, determination and good sportsmanship. For example when I competed for Miss International UK there were 60 delegates in total and I was only eligible to win 3 crowns (1 UK, 2 England) so the odds are against you and I have competed for these titles 3 times over 4 years .
Every time you compete you get feedback and you have two choices: either you evolve and work harder, or you just keep going but then don’t be surprised if nothing changes and you don’t make any progress.
My pageant coaching and development has really helped me with public speaking, which then has helped me navigate what I want to do going forward – essentially planning my life and career with the skills I’ve developed to really be myself and be authentic.
why did you decide to leave island of love?
For personal reasons, I feel like I didn’t really get to experience what it’s like to be young and carefree. I went straight into the work force at 18 so I never experienced the girls trips, when my friends were traveling and island hopping I was at a desk in Westminster. I didn’t want to reach the end of my life and look back on just working and not doing anything exciting.
You know, there were two perspectives: there were success stories from the show and I could have met someone special or I could have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
How was your social media presence before moving on? island of loveand how has it changed since the show?
I’m more active on social media now than I was before I was on the show. The content is pretty much the same, it’s just more pre-planned of course – I’ve been very active in the sense that I’ve been lobbying a lot on my social media. When I competed at my level, it was more about using your platform for cause and advocacy than posting “pretty pictures.”
island of love has given me the opportunity to do this on a more strategic and planned level and opened the door for me to work with really cool brands like WOO WOO, Bumble and Superdrug.
Would you recommend looking into reality TV to other people who want to become content creators?
I think it depends on what kind of content you want to create. If you want to be a fashion influencer/designer or an athlete personality, then reality TV might just be for you. I’m not discouraging anyone not to do it, obviously certain reality TV shows require you to work and prove yourself.
Certain content will require you to work harder to shake off the reality TV label and stigma that can come with being part of such shows. However, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I would not discourage or recommend it to anyone, but it is not for the faint of heart.
What would you change about social media if you could?
It’s quite complicated like trolling, it would be nice if it was that easy to take away people’s right to anonymity, but then I understand why some people prefer to remain anonymous, such as victims of domestic violence.
If people were legally required to put their name and photo on their profile so they could be identified with the comments they leave, I’d like to think they would be less inclined to leave negative comments as they know that this would have consequences. I would also like to change the rules on cyber flashing [unsolicited sexual photos]it must be made illegal as soon as possible.
How much of your true self do you show online?
I’m completely honest, open and honest on social media – there’s not a lot about my life that I don’t share. I’ve been posting pics with no filters and no makeup, I’m talking about when I have good days and bad days. I don’t think I can be more honest.
What advice would you give to others looking to incorporate advocacy into their creative careers?
I would say do it! We have a social and public responsibility, especially to the content creators who have such a dedicated and large following. Also, my other advice would be to do something that is true to you, that you believe in and that you are very passionate about! When you engage in advocacy, you quickly realize that you can’t please everyone. It’s very easy for me to troll around with Anti-Drinks Spiking because I’m so passionate about what it is [doesn’t phase] me.
What are your hopes for the future?
I would like to go into politics, that has been my goal since I was young. I remember wanting to be a Member of the European Parliament when I was 15 – of course that’s no longer possible thanks to Brexit, but it doesn’t stop me from being a Member of the British Parliament.
Thanks Sharon for talking to us!
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