Celebrities including Chloe Madeley and Vicky Pattison have recently spoken out after receiving online abuse about their looks. And TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou has revealed she thinks bodyshaming should be made illegal because of the bad example it sets for image-conscious young girls – let alone the negative effect it has on the stars themselves.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline as she launches her debut swimwear collection, Summer Dreams By Georgia K, the blonde beauty revealed: ‘I don’t agree with bodyshaming at all. I think it should be illegal. I think there should be a law where people shouldn’t be allowed to comment on people’s appearances and slate them.
‘Young girls often feel insecure in themselves anyway. There’s all these diet pills, shakes, pressure on girls to be skinny. I hate that.’I’ve always promoted eating carbs, going to the gym, being healthy, everything in moderation. I would hate to see a young girl see us getting hate and worry about their looks.’
Georgia spoke about her recent experience of bodyshaming, revealing that trolls will latch on to anything, even poking fun of something as random as her feet. ‘Last week I posted a picture, and the background was really ugly so I blurred it out. And everyone was like, “She’s Photoshopped it.” I replied and said I definitely hadn’t’, Georgia recalled. ‘And then people were saying my feet were really ugly! I said, “You’ve got issues, are you really going to pick on someone’s feet?” They backtracked after that.’
Georgia showed off her gym-honed figure in a mix of gorgeous bikinis and one-pieces in the accompanying shoot, revealing her toned legs and lean physique as she modelled her new beachwear range. The 24-year-old is keen to promote a healthy figure and revealed she loves working out – doing a mixture of cardio, upper body, abs and boxing routines with her personal trainer – something she hopes to pursue further in future.
‘I’ve been into the fitness for the last year. I love doing fitness videos and I get a lot of feedback from it, so I’m going to be starting doing more plans, tips and videos for people on my blog’, she said. Blissfully happy in the romance department, Georgia revealed she and boyfriend Tommy Mallett are ‘stronger than ever, just like a little team’.
Some of the TOWIE girls including Fearne McCann have previously warned the Essex beauty about the way Tommy speaks to her, but she insists his personality is misconstrued. Georgia explained: ‘I do think people misunderstand him. When he’s really loud and shouts, people mistake that for aggression, but he’s just being passionate. My dad’s the same – I guess I’m used to it! ‘We would never let anyone get in between us. Anyone that rows with me, he has to say something!’
Georgia was just as thrilled as viewers were when her close pal Danielle Armstrong got back together with boyfriend James ‘Lockie’ Lock on the ITVBe show’s series dramatic finale, and she has high hopes their romance can last the distance this time. ‘They’re so in love. I just knew it was going to happen’, she enthused. ‘I think it’s different this time around because they’re both grown up together. ‘Lockie’s now got his own business, it makes you mature and think about other stuff than just going out with your friends. He’s now exactly what she’s always wanted.’
Dishing the dirt on the drama Megan McKenna has caused since joining TOWIE, Georgia confessed she still had no idea whether the newcomer actually slept with Jake Hall while he was still dating her close friend Chloe Lewis. ‘Chloe’s not silly, she made her mind up, she had enough information’, Georgia said. ‘She went with her gut, and that’s really important. She’s doing good since their break-up, she’s been keeping herself busy.’ However, Georgia was adamant CBB and Ex On The Beach star Megan hasn’t stolen the limelight from the regular cast mates, and insisted her arrival was a positive change for the show. Georgia said: ‘It’s good for the show, it’s good to change it up. It keeps things fresh and it gives us a bit of a break! ‘She’s with Pete [Wicks] – and if he’s happy, we’re all happy. She’s not one of my close mates, but she’s a nice enough girl.’ Georgia’s new collection Summer Dreams By Georgia K boasts a mix of flirty bikinis and one-pieces as well as pretty beach skirts, kimonos, beach trousers and sunglasses, offering something for everyone. The range officially launches online on Thursday 28 April at www.summerdreamsbygeorgiak.com. Prices range from £15 to £55.
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