Season 9 of Love Island starts in January and will feature a fresh batch of singletons on their journey to South Africa to find their perfect love. The show is returning for the first time since 2020 and fans are excited to see it back. Tanya Mahenga, a 22-year-old biology student who had to put her schooling on hold to compete on the show, is one of the contestants set to appear. Season 9 of Love Island UK premieres on ITV2 on Monday 16 January at 9 p.m. ET.

Tanya Mahenga, a Love Island contestant, aspires to work in embryology.

Season 9 of Love Island will feature ten contestants going to a luxury villa in South Africa where the climate will make the winter season seem like summer. Tanya Manhenga, a 22-year-old biomedical science student from Liverpool, is one of the contestants due to the programme. The candidate is so determined to appear on the show and find love that she has chosen to postpone her schooling.

In an interview with Metro UK, she indicated that she intends to continue her degree after Love Island. Tanya aspires to work in embryology, which mainly deals with IVF (in vitro fertilization). She mentioned that she wants to help individuals have children.

She said in her interview:

“It was the one job I really wanted because it’s the most fulfilling for me; I want to stand up and say, ‘This is helping.'” That’s definitely where I would go.”

The Love Island contestant has just one term left and her mother supports her desire to attend the course and then continue her education. Tanya added that her mother was relieved that she was almost done with her degree, as she would not have liked it if she had stopped midway. She was afraid that Tanya would be sure of her choice, but when she found out how little was left, she became supportive and on board.

According to Mahenga’s ITV profile, she falls in love early and wants to be treated like a princess. She also keeps her cards close to her chest. Mahenga considers herself to be impulsive, lively and confident. She went on to say:

“I’m quite pleasant, but don’t let that fool you. I want to be friends with everyone, but if you’re going to be cheeky, I’m the kind of person who will do a favor.”

Tanya Mahenga

Tanja’s personality

Mahenga told ITV that she is looking for a relationship and that being on Love Island with different individuals would help her find out what she wants in a partner. Tanya admitted to Bustle that her ideal type is “mid-pretty.” If she had to choose one from previous seasons, she would have chosen Dami Hope, who has a wonderful sense of style, or Luca, who has a “really mysterious feel with tattoos and stuff.” Watch what happens on Love Island Season 9 on Monday, January 16 at 9pm ET on ITV2 or stream the episode on ITVX.

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