‘Strip­ping Me Of My Ti­tle Sends Out The Wrong Mes­sage’

Rate it or hate it, ITV'S Love Is­land sparked wide­spread de­bate when for­mer Miss GB Zara Hol­land was stripped of her ti­tle af­ter sleep­ing with fel­low con­tes­tant Alex Bowen

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When we meet 20-year-old Zara Hol­land one rainy morn­ing in cen­tral Lon­don, one thing is very clear from the off: she re­ally re­grets hav­ing sex on na­tional tele­vi­sion. Like, re­ally re­grets it. It was a move that saw her de-crowned of her Miss Great Bri­tain ti­tle and slut-shamed by her fel­low con­tes­tants. A move that she openly calls: ‘The big­gest mis­take of my life.’

When she was told the news, she broke down in tears and left the is­land a few days later af­ter learn­ing that her mother Ch­eryl was ill. But how does she feel now?

‘I never, ever wanted to lose my Miss Great Bri­tain ti­tle and I’m re­ally heart­bro­ken,’ she tells Look. ‘I re­spect their decision but I thought beauty pageants had changed. Fifty years ago my Mum used to do them and it was very much about how you looked... Now they’re pro­mot­ing that a real woman can en­ter and how they fit into so­ci­ety to­day. But maybe they haven’t changed.’ She adds: ‘I thought they had, but ev­ery 20-year-old girl makes mis­takes.’

It’s clear to see that Zara feels ter­ri­ble about what hap­pened and it seems wholly un­fair that Alex came out of the sit­u­a­tion un­scathed while she’s been left in an­guish hav­ing lost the one thing she worked hard­est for. There were re­ports that she’d agreed not to have sex on TV, but she says this wasn’t some­thing that wasn’t dis­cussed. ‘They gave me writ­ten per­mis­sion, say­ing: “Zara Hol­land, the cur­rent Miss Great Bri­tain, you have our full sup­port to go on Love Is­land,”’ she says. ‘There’s noth­ing in that per­mis­sion that says: “She can­not have sex on TV.”’ Miss GB say their decision was based on the fact that it hap­pened on ‘na­tional TV’ and that Zara was no longer

Zara re­grets hav­ing sex on na­tional TV

In bed with Alex on Love Is­land and win­ning Miss Great Bri­tain

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