Love Island's Zara labels Miss Great Britain as 'sexist' and hits back at slut shaming

As she says having sex on tv was 'the biggest mistake of her life'

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Oh poor old Zara Holland off of Love Island has had a bit of a mare recently, hasn't she? Not only was she stripped of her Miss Great Britain title for having sex on TV and have to quit the show due to her mum being ill, but she's now been doing the press rounds and revealed it was 'the biggest mistake of her life'. Ow, babes.

Speaking on Lorraine earlier this week, she confessed: "It was in the moment and I made the biggest mistake of my life. It's horrible. I was in the moment, I was in the hide away and I'd had a few glasses of champagne, I'm not blaming it on that.

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"I know I'm my own person and I made that decision and it literally was in the moment and it was the biggest mistake of my  life and if I could go back in time and change it I would, because I never wanted to lose my Miss Great Britain title, ever."

If we could all step back a second and realise WOMEN HAVE SEX. WOMEN CAN LIKE SEX. It's not a crime and considering how well Zara held herself and handled the situation, it seems ridiculous for an outdated pageant such as Miss GB to make her feel so shitty.

Which is why we asked Zara about all things slut shaming, the newly crowned Miss GB and everything in between when we went and had a chinwag with her about her time on Love Island. Here's what she had to say:

Zara looking stunning tonight her top is from @mimiboutiquehessle 😘 #loveisland

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How does it feel to be back in the UK?

Surreal. Very surreal. Life changing. Really life changing, but obviously with my mum not being well I've been with her. I'm just so grateful for the public's support, it's very very overwhelming. It's unreal. I didn't know what to expect when I came back, I thought 'God I don't know what people will think', but I can't stop saying thank you to the public. 

Did you see your de-throning coming?

No. Not at all. I didn't really think anything like this would happen if I'm totally honest. [Miss Great Britain] didn't warn me about having sex on TV. The organisation wrote a letter of permission to ITV and Love Island saying that 'we fully support Zara', they were 1000 per cent behind me when I was going on Love Island so they were supportive. But no, they didn't say anything [about no sex] to me. 

The newly crowned Miss GB says she 'saw it coming'. What are your thoughts?

I have read bits and it's very hurtful because I don't know Deone [the girl who was runner up and now is Miss Great Britain], I've only ever met her once in my life which was at the Miss GB final and she doesn't know me, so it's very hurtful that someone's come into my position. I never ever wanted to lose my title, it meant the absolute world to me.

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What do you make of people accusing the Miss GB organisation of slut shaming?

Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. I have to agree, though, if Alex was the equivalent of a Mr GB, I don't think he would have his title stripped away from him. A lot of the public have sent me messages about that. It's quite sexist really. I think a lot of people agree. I made a mistake that I regret, and if I could I would turn back the time I would but having sex isn't something to be ashamed of. Women like to have sex.  It's 2016 now, not years and years ago when beauty pageants judged people just on how they look. I thought they'd moved on with the times but maybe that isn't the case.

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With that in mind, do you think Miss Great Britain is an outdated mind set?

I just think it's because I was on national TV. I don't think they're saying don't have sex in the comfort of your own home, because that's what everyone does. People should have sex. I'm not saying 'girls go and have a one night stand' - but I've never done that, it's not me. It's very out of character. I've not done anything wrong in the sense I've not committed a crime, I've not bullied anyone.

One day to go! So excited !!! #LoveIsland #teamzara

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Do you still support Miss GB as an organisation? 

It's a hard one for me because I haven't spoken to the Miss Great Britain organisation yet. I thought we had a really strong bond, but I was sort of the last person to know my title had been taken away from me. It's still quite raw at the moment.

Our Zara went on to add that she wants Nathan and Cara to win the show, says she loves the Love Island family like her own and had the best time on the show. So can she be our best friend now?

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