Love Island winner bullied at school for looks – but now loves her curves

Love Island winner bullied at school for looks – but now loves her curves

Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu wants to show you don’t have to be skinny to be sexy.

The Love Island winner, 28, adores her curves and doesn’t want to lose them.

She told the Daily Star Sunday: “I’m not one of these people who has a six-pack.

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“I don’t have abs and I’m not a size zero. I don’t want that.

“No one looks perfect unless you are in a championship or in a fitness competition.

“I eat and I drink. I even eat chocolate every time I go to the gym. I want to be me. I want to look normal and healthy.”

Ekin-Su does regular workouts, but added: “The only reason I love the gym is because it’s good for my mental health.

“If I don’t work out then it affects my mood and energy… I feel sluggish and I feel like my day isn’t going well. So I think the gym is more of a mental thing for me.”

Ekin-Su is often hired for photoshoots.

But the Turkish-born beauty doesn’t feel like a natural in front of the camera and says she is usually battling nerves behind the scenes.

She’s now found a way to feel confident and show it’s all about having the right mindset, adding: “I just pretend that I’m posing to a friend or I’m just really feeling the moment and embracing what I’m wearing and being myself. That’s how we get a good photoshoot.”

Ekin-Su hopes she can inspire other girls to feel more confident.

She said: “I want to help people who suffer from things like depression and anxiety. I was bullied at school, so I know how it feels.

“I’ve had two people message me who were really struggling with their mental health. It was really sad.

“I said, ‘You’re beautiful, you’re strong, you don’t need anyone’s approval in life’. And the mum of one of them messaged me to say I’d saved her daughter. That felt so good.”


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