Love Island's Megan says she's "finally happy" with her body and is done with surgery

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Former Love Islander Megan Barton Hanson has revealed she's "finally happy" with her body, after attending therapy to help improve her confidence. The reality TV star turned model, who appeared on the 2018 season of ITV's Love Island, opened up to Grazia about how her relationship with her body has changed over the years and why she's vowed not to go under the knife again.

"I was on a mission to put myself first – mentally and physically," she explained, pointing out that she felt inspired to take action after her first same-sex relationship came to an end. "Although I knew I wasn’t overweight, I wasn’t taking care of my body. So I started practising yoga and Pilates, I got myself a spin bike and even started lifting weights."

On top of creating a workout routine that worked for her, Megan admits she also "restarted therapy" where she unpacked her reliance on plastic surgery. "I was cautious about getting more surgery. While I was in the Love Island villa in 2018, an image of me aged 15 circulated, and the media started picking out what they deemed 'flaws' in my appearance," she recalled. "It was undeniably cruel and unnecessary to compare images of me during my teen years to myself almost 10 years later. I found it really hard to deal with."

The 27-year-old continued: "Since then, I’ve definitely grown in confidence but I can promise this isn’t down to the work I’ve had done, which has always been heavily scrutinised by the press. In fact, I’ve learned that surgery is no substitute for working on your mental health or self-esteem. I’m really content and happy with myself right now, so I’m not looking to have anything else done."

Despite swearing off plastic surgery, Megan says it's still important that she's honest with her followers about the way she looks – especially when it comes to tweakments. "I get regular botox and fillers, but no more surgery," she admits. "I don’t think there is anything wrong with being open about safe surgery, if that’s what you choose to do."

As for what she hopes her 1.6 million followers can learn from her experience, Megan said: "Most importantly, I want girls to know that no amount of cosmetic surgery will make you love yourself. It’s taken me years of therapy and life experience to start that journey."

"Being in the public eye, I’ve realised no matter what I do or say, there will be someone out there with a negative opinion, so I may as well do what makes me happy. I think as you get older, you learn to not care what others think... I can confidently say I’m in the best, most content place I’ve ever been – mentally and physically."

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