After seven years of being cast aside, Shipwrecked is back!

The lineup for Shipwrecked 2019 features more models and social media influencers than a Boohoo Instagram feed, and we can’t wait to see these guys dossing around all day on a beach. 

We’ve already profiled the likes of Kush, Tula and Liv – here’s everything you need to know about Kalia.
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What is Her Full Name?

Kalia’s full name is Kalia Lai, with her social media accounts using those names.

On Instagram, you can join her sizeable 13.6k followers under @kalia.lai, while her Twitter handle is @kalialai.

She Has a Humble Background

Kalia grew up in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, splitting her time between modelling and working in a Chinese takeaway.

She describes herself as “not your typical Chinese girl” because she isn’t a “pianist, doctor or mathematician”.

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#notyouraverageasian #monotoned #shipwrecked 🌴

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Kalia Loves Sport

Kalia’s Instagram feed is littered with sport-related posts and she is a huge football fan, describing the game as her “main love”.

In one photo, she can be seen wearing an Arsenal shirt although she actually supports her local professional team, Watford.

She’s Also a Talented Footballer

If her love for the sport wasn’t enough, Kalia also has some talent.

Perhaps she will bring her own Wilson football to the island!

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at the Astro today

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Kalia is Still in Touch With Her Heritage

Naturally, Kalia’s own cross-cultural identity is important to her, and she clearly holds her roots close to her heart.

She travelled around Asia as recently as 2017, and also adopts traditional Asian styles from time to time, with this Geisha Girl look suiting Kalia perfectly!

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