Love Island's Maura Higgins Reveals How Show Taught Her She Is A Feminist

Maura was hailed as a "feminist hero" by some Love Island viewers, but admits she hadn't considered herself a feminist before the ITV2 show.

Love Island finalist Maura Higgins has revealed how her experiences on the show – and viewers’ reactions to them – have led her to tap into her feminist side.

Maura won over Love Island viewers pretty much from the get-go during this year’s series, not just by making people laugh, but also for her frank conversations about sex and the way she stood up for herself.

This was especially the case after her infamous row with fellow Islander Tom Walker, who she put firmly in his place after overhearing him saying he wanted to find out of she was “all mouth”.

Maura's confrontation with Tom was undoubtedly a highlight of this year's Love Island
Maura's confrontation with Tom was undoubtedly a highlight of this year's Love Island

Now out of the villa, Maura has told Grazia she’s “flattered” at the public’s reaction to her, commenting: “I never realised I was a feminist! I just stand up for myself, and I won’t let anyone talk s*** about me.

“And you know, I do talk about sex, but so do guys.”

She continued: “I think a lot of women are afraid to talk about sex, but it’s a natural thing. Why not talk about it? I grew up always being able to talk to my mammy and daddy. I don’t feel ashamed.”

During her conversation with Grazia, Maura also discussed how she felt she’d been “misjudged” her whole life, because of how she chooses to present herself.

Maura Higgins
Maura Higgins
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“I think people look at my Instagram and think of me as a completely different person – because when I meet people out, they always say, ‘You’re so much nicer than I expected’,” she revealed.

Since leaving the villa, Maura has already landed her first presenting jobs on This Morning, hosting an agony aunt segment in which she helped viewers with their problems.

She’s also set to appear in an upcoming feature called Maura Than Meets The Eye, which will see her travel around the UK to try out a variety of challenges.

Read Maura’s full interview in the new issue of Grazia, out now.

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