Love Island’s Georgia Townend recalls feeling ‘fat and ugly’ in promo shots in honest post

Former Love Island contestant Georgia Townend has opened up about body confidence in an inspiring post on Instagram. 

The 29-year-old posted ahead of the brand new series of the reality show, marking a year since she appeared on the show in her swimwear.

Posting her promo shots on Twitter Georgia, from Essex, explained how she “felt fat” when posing for the photos, begging producers to wear a swimsuit rather than a bikini.

“Nearly a whole year since this. I very rarely talk about it because as soon as you do, someone starts yapping on about trying to stay relevant or clinging onto 15 mins.

“The reason I’m posting this is because I’m currently sat in an airport knowing I’ll be in a bikini shortly and how that always fills me with dread.

“And this day wasn’t any different. I remember seeing my promo pic for the first time on my villa phone and thinking, ‘oh my god I look so fat and ugly, noone will pick me’."

“I’ve put on weight since those pictures were taken and now I wish I looked like that, but at that time I thought I was fat. Make that make sense.”

The contestant, who returned to her day job as a marketing executive following her two-day stint on the show last year, shared how nervous she had been when posing for the cameras.

“They wanted me to wear a bikini and I begged them to let me wear my own cossie because I wanted as little of me on show as possible, because the less that people saw, the less I would get criticised,” she wrote.

“As I stood and posed, the echolalia in my head was going like the clappers ‘breathe in… make sure your thighs aren’t touching… don’t have your arms down by your side it’ll make you look bigger… stand up straight’.”

“But it stemmed much earlier than that, I can’t actually remember a time I liked my body, how sad is that. Didn’t matter what size I was, I always picked fault.”

Georgia reiterated that she is still struggling with body positivity, but urged her followers to stop striving for ‘perfection’.

She continued: “There isn’t really a point to this, just wanted a reminder for myself that while I was busy hating the way I looked, I now look back and wish I’d made the most of it.

“Don’t spend your life waiting for your body to be ‘perfect’ all the while missing out on buying the dress you love because it’s not your size you want on the label or skipping the holiday because you don’t want to stand next to your skinny friends…

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“You’ll look back and think those were my best years and instead of enjoying it, you missed out on making memories. I’m not getting another body, neither are you. So you may as well love what you have.”

Georgia was only in the villa for two days, but it was certainly a memorable stint.

She was sent home after Hugo Hammond opted to friendzone her, instead coupling up with Chloe Burrows after she was dumped by now-boyfriend Toby Aromolaran.

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