Since the new series of Love Island launched earlier this month, Geordie Shore veteran Vicky Pattinson has been anything but shy when it comes to her opinions on the show.
Despite insisting she's a fan of the much-loved ITV2 dating series, the 34-year-old reality star – who is currently in the midst of planning her wedding to fiancé Ercan Ramadan – exclusively told OK! that she finds it "easy to get sucked in" to a focus on looks and appearance when watching.
"Everyone on Love Island is gorgeous," Vicky explained. "But there's more than one way to be beautiful and all bodily shapes are deserving of celebration and love!
"I think it's important to remember that when watching love island as it's easy to get sucked in and forget you're lovely just as you are."
Geordie beauty Vicky – who has recently launched a brand new line of lingerie with Pour Moi – also claimed that she'd fancy the chances of her younger self's success on the show.
"I always joke that I would have smashed Love Island if it was around when I was younger, but I don't know!
"Being who I was when I was younger, I probably would have found being surrounded by all that beauty a little bit intimidating, but I bet it's an amazing experience and I love to see everyone smash it and do well off the back of it."
Having dealt with her fair share of body confidence issues and weight changes during her years in the spotlight, Vicky is now emphasising the importance of understanding that both what you see on-screen and what you see when looking in the mirror are equally beautiful, despite any differences.
"A lot of what you see on Instagram is manipulated," she exclusively told OK!. "Carefully curated Instagram feeds that if you let them can make you feel inadequate and inferior.
"It's important to show both sides of the coin on there I think, to show your more human and vulnerable side. For your mental health as much as others. We are all perfect in our own way, no matter our shape or size."
Whilst sharing her fitness journey updates with her 5.1 million Instagram followers in recent weeks, Vicky has not been afraid to speak out against comparing out ourselves to the singletons currently featuring on Love Island.
On a snap showing her bikini body changes over the years – uploaded on the premiere of the brand new series earlier this month – the TV favourite wrote: "Before the sun soaked & sexy @loveisland hits our screens tonight & we all spend an evening staring at these impossibly gorge singletons with their glistening bodies & flat stomachs hating ourselves for ordering that takeaway & promising the ‘diet starts tomorrow’… Here is a little reminder for you – ALL BODIES ARE BEAUTIFUL!"
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"And although I'm sure we'll see loads of lush diverse body types, ethnicities & personalities on tonight’s show – Inclusivity & representation literally jumping off the screen & into our front rooms – reminding us that every body shape is desirable, attractive & worthy of love.. Please don’t be disheartened if your body doesn’t look like the new islander’s.
"I spent years trying to force my body to be something it wasn’t & it left me miserable, anxious & trapped in a scary cycle of disordered eating.
"But now, at 34 I realise that there is so much more to life than have a thigh gap or being a size 6.. like cheese for example, or gin & laughing with your girls over cocktails or cuddling with your fella & a pizza".
Vicky then let OK! in on one of her life mottos: "We are all perfect in our own way, no matter our shape or size.
"That why I love working with Pour Moi because they are a one-stop lingerie and swimwear destination with a wide range of styles to suit every body shape to make you not only feel confident and fabulous but also well supported."
Shop Vicky's brand new Pour Moi lingerie and swimwear range here!
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