With Love Island back on screens – memes and all – the conversation about how the show impacts the body confidence of both viewers and contestants has once again been reignited. It's refreshing then, to see the likes of Millie Court, who won last year's series, open up about her own body confidence journey since leaving the villa.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan UK, Millie said that in the year since she won the hit dating series, she's put on 'loads of weight' and regained her self confidence in doing so.
'There was a point where people thought I was pregnant because I was putting on loads of weight,' she said. 'When I was on Love Island I was a size 6 but now I’m a size 10'
The 24-year-old went on: 'But I prefer me as a 10 because I’ve got my boobs back, I’ve got my bum back and I’ve got curves. So, I don’t really care what the newspapers have got to say about me being a size 10.' We! Love! To! Hear! It!
Earlier this year, Millie revealed that the extreme body prep she put herself through before entering the villa left her 'unhealthily skinny'.
'I’ve always been (before Love Island) fluctuating between a 8 eight and 10, but most of the time a size 10. I was so happy with the way I looked, I didn’t think twice about it,' she told her 1.9 million Instagram followers. '[In] the weeks leading up to Love Island, I felt the need to lose several pounds because I knew I was going to be surrounded by beautiful, slim girls. I worked out every single day and ate salad for lunch and to tell you the truth I was miserable while doing it.'
Millie continued, 'I went from a size 10 to a 6, and it’s the smallest I’ve ever been as a young adult. Because of my height, this made me look unhealthily skinny, of which I was (not eating barely anything, feeling ill all the time, tired, dizzy) and I remember looking at myself, I’d lost my boobs and my bum and those curves I once had and I missed them.'
Thankfully, the former Islander has been able to rebuild the relationship she has with her body – despite the 'insensitive' comments she receives on social media. 'The point of this [is], since coming out of Love Island, I found my love for food again and yes I’m getting back to my usual size,' she added.
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