Gemma Owen’s transformation from baby-faced footballer’s daughter to Love Island

Love Island's youngest star Gemma Owen might be a stunning rising star, but she's still the baby-faced daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen in many people's eyes.

The international dressage rider has already been at the centre of some villa drama, after Italian hunk Davide, 27, stole her away from student Liam to leave him single, and vulnerable.

But while Gemma continues to turn heads, let's turn back time and look at the young star's transformation from her pigtails days on daddy's arm, to bikinis and heels on ITV2's infamous reality TV series.

Football fans will no doubt remember Gemma as a small toddler, often seen sporting a jersey to support dad Michael's current team.

Fast forward to 2022 and the self-described "alpha female" from Chester is instead waving the flag for love.

She kicked off her Love Island journey alongside 10 other sexy singletons on Monday, 6 June and is already talking marriage and kids on a date with her new partner Davide Sanclimenti.

It's all a far cry away from the innocent tot in pictures from her father's glory days.

We're used to seeing Gemma with rosy cheeks, bows in her hair and walking hand in hand with dad Michael or mum Louise Bonsall.

Then again, perhaps we're all slightly in denial that any time has passed, especially when the football family were papped at the Boodles May Festival Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse.

Gemma had clearly transferred out the pretty bows for a much more mature look, giving fans a glimpse of her lavish lifestyle on social media.

Indeed, Gemma has made it clear that she doesn't want to be known as "just Michael's daughter".

Speaking on being linked to her sportsman dad, Gemma said in a video shared on the series’ Instagram page: “You want to have your own goals, you don’t wanna be known just as the daughter of someone.”

Gemma admitted that she doesn't even have a picture of him on her social media.

Speaking to OK! about how her parents will react to her on the show she said: “I think they do trust me.

"I’ve never given them a reason not to."

She added: "I’m very close with my family so I wouldn’t do anything which would purposefully disrespect them or embarrass them.”

Love Island continues every night at 9pm on ITV2.

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