Maura Higgins has shared a message of empowerment about being comfortable in your own skin as she posted a make-up free selfie on Instagram.
The Love Island star, 30, removed her usual make-up, lashes and fake tan to show fans a glowing unfiltered version of herself.
Maura wrote: ‘RAW … like many of us, there are so many times I stop to read the nasty comments in my DM’s or online & every single time I can’t help but think of the younger generation stepping on the social media bandwagon!
‘Us women especially get criticised day in and day out about our body’s, hair, makeup, skin…I could go on forever.
‘I am very lucky to be confident inside & out and I want to empower woman to do the same.
‘We don’t need to use filters or apps, being yourself is more than enough although a minority of the online community sometimes try and convince us otherwise.’
She added: ‘Everyone preaches to be kind to others when really we need to also preach how important it is to be kind to ourselves; be comfortable and proud in your own skin.’
Fans and friends were quick to flood her comments with positive messages, with Molly Mae Hague writing: ‘Love this so much. You’re everything,’ while Maura’s boyfriend Chris Taylor wrote: ‘PREEEEEEEEEACH, you absolute queen’.
A fan added: ‘Yup! You do look different without makeup but does that make you fake, no! If you love wearing make up and it makes you feel good who is to question that! More influencers need to do this! Too many young girls see perfection on social media which simply isn’t true.’
Another wrote: ‘Queen!! You’re absolutely beautiful both natural and makeup!! Go girl keep empowering.’
Maura recently told Cosmopolitan how she deals with trolls who leave her nasty comments, explaining: ‘I’d like to say I don’t respond to trolls but, yeah, sometimes I do. I don’t even know why.
‘Sometimes, depending on my humour I’m just like “oh come on” and then I’ll just go into a rant.
‘Since coming out of the villa I might have blocked maybe six. They’re the nasty trolls.’