Who is Tia Latham? Survival Of The Fittest star and model whose 'story is very different from most other people's'
Tia Latham moved into the South African Savannah to compete in ITV2’s new reality show – Survival Of The Fittest.
The 28-year-old left Buckinghamshire for ITV2’s new reality show as the girls compete against the boys.
Tia reckons females are the stronger sex and went into the show ready to break stereotypes made against women.
The model admits her “story is very different from most other people’s” and is open to finding love.
But it all came to an abrupt halt as she became the first female to leave after the girls lost to the boys in a team challenge. Tia, Georgia Cole and Mariam Musa found themselves in the bottom three and the boys had to pick which girl would be replaced with a new contender.
Here is everything you need to know about Tia:
What is your unique selling point/makes you different from everyone else?
My individuality. My story is very different from most other people’s. When I was born, nature was a bit confused. I had female chromosomes – which are xx – but my body didn’t know which direction to go in. So as I got older, I had to go through a process to become the woman I am today.
What is the appeal of Survival of the Fittest for you?
The appeal of the show for me was that it’s Boys versus Girls and I’m excited about the challenges. It’s all about facing your fears. I’m a risk taker, I like to take risks so for me, I’m daring myself. It’s giving me an adrenalin rush. Plus, I’ve been on many dates before and it’s just not really working so this includes the beauty of being able to do activities that I love and also potentially find somebody, you never know.
Who do you think are the stronger sex and why?
Girls are the stronger sex because girls are able to multi task and deal with a lot of things. Men just focus on one thing at a time.
And why do you think the Girls should win Survival of the Fittest?
There are a lot of pressures being a woman and stereotypes say that we can’t do certain things so it’s time to break that mould and break those stereotypes.
What is your secret strength that stands you in good stead for this battle of the sexes?
My intelligence and my competitiveness. I’m not happy with losing so I will give it my all. I’m very determined. Once I set my heart and mind on something, I want to see it through to the end.
Do you have any weaknesses that you’ll want to conceal during the show?
My kind hearted nature. If somebody gets in my good books, I’m very kind. I’ve not come across anyone as genuine as me so my weakness will be sussing out who is genuine and who is not.
Are you open to love or will you be steering clear of the enemy?
I’d be a hypocrite if I said I wasn’t open to love, I am open to love. It’s a tough one because I want the Girls to win. We’ll have to see what happens.
What is your usual type?
Tall for one, handsome, a bit exotic looking. Intelligence goes a long way. Good sense of humour goes even further. And open-mindedness.
How would you describe yourself and how would your mates describe you?
Wild. I’m a wild card and my friends would describe me just as that. And hilarious.
What type of Girl and Boy would be your nightmare in The Lodge?
The kind of girl on my team who would annoy me would be someone who says one thing and does the opposite. That goes both ways, with the boys as well. Don’t say one thing and then end up in bed with the enemy. I know it’s a competition and a challenge but on the Girls team, we are here to be a team. There is no I in TEAM!
What are you hoping the others will be like?
I hope that everyone is going to be friendly, easy-going, easy to talk to. I want us to be comfortable with each other, that’s the most important thing. I want to have a giggle.
What is your biggest fear about living in The Lodge?
If somebody snores!
What most excites you about Survival of the Fittest?
I’m excited to get out there and be in the wilderness. It’s an experience and I’m going to live every moment.
You’ll be living in The Lodge in South Africa – where is the most exotic place you’ve ever been?
I’ve been to the Caribbean, that’s probably the most exotic place I’ve ever been.
Dates or Mates?
I want to say mates because mates will always be there but if you go on a date and find someone you like then who knows..?
What Tia said after the show
“I couldn’t have imagined anything like it. The people that I met, the whole experience.
“I’ve got a few battle wounds that say, ‘I did that’.@
She said her best memory from the programme had been “all of my twerking”.
“I even left twerking!” she said.
Asked what she would like her legacy to be, she said: “Me just being myself, being open and showing the world that there are people like me out there and we are normal, we look normal, we interact normally, people interact normally with you and there is nothing to fear and it is what it is.
“We are all human.”
And she feels confident the girls will triumph.
“I hope Jenny is on the winning team and I believe she will win,” she said.
“She is a fighter, like I’m a fighter, and we will fight until the end. I’m rooting for Jenny 100%.”
* Survival of the Fittest starts on Sunday 11th Feb at 9pm on ITV2