Travel, food, fit­ness… Be­cause your In­sta­gram feed won’t f ill it­self Love Is­land’s Samira Mighty on lov­ing her body and her new dance work­out

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Samira Ev­ery­one should­walk around in biki­nis

Imag­ine how ter­ri­fy­ing it must be step­ping into the Love Is­land villa, faced with the prospect of wear­ing noth­ing much more than a thong bikini for two months while the na­tion gawps at your flirt­ing skills.

Thank­fully, for Samira Mighty, 22, de­spite her shaky boy bag­ging skills, the 22-year-old dancer – who’s starred in West End shows such as Mamma Mia! and

Dream­girls – is used to hav­ing her body judged. In fact she tells heat that the

Love Is­land villa wasn’t half as scary as it looks. “When you first walk in you’re like, ‘Oh God,’ but once you start walk­ing around in a bikini ev­ery day, you just get used to it. But I think ev­ery­one should walk around in biki­nis and wedges ev­ery day – what­ever body you’ve got!”

OK, we might not be ready for that, but after check­ing out Samira’s HIIT work­out – de­signed ex­clu­sively for

heat – you’ll be fill­ing out your ap­pli­ca­tion for next year’s Love Is­land, for sure… Did you al­ways dream of be­ing a dancer? My mum is dance teacher, my dad does kick box­ing, so I was al­ways ac­tive when I was younger. I was the only girl on a kayak­ing course, where I was sur­rounded by boys! But I didn’t care, I just

wanted to do any kind of sport. I even trained with the Mill­wall Gun­ners foot­ball team at one point, but danc­ing was a bit more me. I love the fact that you can stay fit and be creative as well as hav­ing fun. Have you al­ways been quite body con­fi­dent? Yeah. It’s re­ally hard – es­pe­cially in bal­let school, where there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion to look the skin­ni­est when re­ally you should be look­ing the health­i­est. When you go to au­di­tions, you do look around the room and com­pare your­self. But you just need to be­come com­fort­able in your­self as not ev­ery­one is right for ev­ery mu­si­cal. There are loads of shows I couldn’t be in be­cause of my body type. You must have al­ways been in re­ally good shape, though? I’ve al­ways been quite lucky – my me­tab­o­lism is quite ef­fi­cient and my mum has al­ways cooked quite healthy meals. I mean, she can’t cook, but you can’t burn spinach! So, I’ve al­ways eaten very bal­anced meals. You didn’t spend hours sweat­ing it out in the gym be­fore you went into the villa, then? I didn’t. I did go to a cou­ple of classes. I love the Re­shape ones they do at 1Rebel, as you just go a bit mad and leave sweat­ing. I need the mo­ti­va­tion of a class. If I’m in the gym, I’ll be run­ning and watch­ing Gos­sip Girl on Net­flix. I can be there for four hours and have done noth­ing. Peo­ple of­ten say that there should be more body types rep­re­sented in the villa… When I was in there I felt that ev­ery­one did have a dif­fer­ent body type. Even though we were all slim, ev­ery­one had such dif­fer­ent bod­ies. I don’t think they’re nec­es­sar­ily just go­ing for skinny girls. The show is about per­son­al­ity. Were you all watch­ing what you ate and work­ing out all the time? Not at all. I ate cheese and ham toasties ev­ery day and it was far too hot to work out. Will you be re­turn­ing to the West End? No and I re­ally miss it, be­cause when I’m danc­ing I feel like I’m us­ing ev­ery part of my body. What’s next for you? I have my fash­ion col­lec­tion with Missy Em­pire, but I also want to work on my mu­sic ca­reer. I write mu­sic and I’ve started work­ing with pro­duc­ers and get­ting some stu­dio time. I’ve al­ready got my best friend, who is a chore­og­ra­pher, in mind for my first video. I re­ally want it to be like art. It’s some­thing I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about. ■

Hands up if you’re fit AF Top, £5; Leg­gings, £8, both Pri­mark

Samira’s Dream­girls look

Look­ing Mighty fine

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