As we all know, the Big Brother House gets a fresh makeover every series, whether it’s a pop art theme or Vaudeville feel. But in a twist that no-one ever would’ve expected, the next series of Celebrity Big Brother will set it sights on feminism.
Marking 100 years since women over 30 in the UK were first given the right to vote, the series will launch with a female-only lineup for the first time ever. The girl power streak will continue until male celebrity contestants are slowly introduced later in the show, who will then take part in challenges aimed at tackling gender stereotypes.
The show’s producers are hailing the concept as the most “celebratory, surprising and insightful” series of Celebrity Big Brother to date, which is sure to spark debate when it starts in January 2018. Thankfully, it seems the feminism angle isn’t just an opening night gimmick, as the show aims to “challenge gender stereotypes and reveal fascinating truths about what it is to be a woman – and man – in the 21st century”.
As for who’s set to step foot in the house this series, the initial female celebrities are said to span from “politicians to performing artists”, with some amazing women rumoured to be taking part.
India Willoughby, the UK’s first transgender newsreader, is allegedly in talks to go in, as well as businesswoman and founder of Ultimo Michelle Mone, and transgender model Talulah-Eve Brown.
Let’s hope this series does turn out to be a fully-inclusive and positive exercise in exploring (and smashing) gender roles, rather than a dated and divisive battle of the sexes.