In a candid new interview, the reality star has opened up about her mission to help girls with their body confidence...
Love Island’s Malin Andersson is one seriously tough lady.
The reality star had to watch her man Terry Walsh get cosy with newcomer Emma-Jane Woodhams just days after she left the villa, but she didn’t take it lying down, strutting back onto the show to confront him.
But now the 23-year-old has confessed she’s used to dealing with heartache, after opening up about her difficult six year battle with an eating disorder.
In an emotional interview with Now, Malin revealed the real reason she went onto the ITV2 show was to help other women suffering with low body confidence, she said: ‘I didn’t really go on the show to be famous, I wanted to use it as a platform to help girls with confidence issues.
‘I used to suffer with a really bad eating disorder,’ she went on.
The stunning make-up artist also took part in pageants such as Miss England and Miss Bedfordshire when she was younger and admitted this had a negative effect on her body image, saying: ‘I was a tiny size six. I spend the whole time obsessing over what I was eating, I’d calorie count all the time and it was horrible.
‘It started when I was sixteen and lasted up until a year and a half ago. I’d binge eat loads of crap and then I’d try and make myself sick and it was an ongoing cycle. It got to the point where I needed counselling and, while it helped, I knew that I was the only one who could save me.’
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Having managed to overcome her issues with food, Malin is now keen to promote positivity in young women and said: ‘I’m better now but I want to raise awareness of how much things like yo-yo dieting, fads and the quest to being “perfect” affects so many girls.’
Malin then went to on explain how she’s sharing her passion for hair and make-up in the hope of helping girls to gain confidence. The star’s YouTube channel, Malin Sara, has more than 15k subscribes and shows viewers how to recreate the latest beauty trends.
‘I want to boost people’s confidence by showing them how to look their best in really easy ways,’ she said.
‘People don’t know this side of me but I’ve been given a platform so I’ve want to try and help in anyway I can.’
Aww. Keep doing what you’re doing, lady!
By Naomi Bartram