Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson opened up about the social media abuse she has suffered while appearing on Kathy Burke's documentary series All Woman.
The legendary Gimme Gimme Gimme actress travelled across the UK for her new Channel 4 show to speak with women from different walks of life about their experiences.
"There are a lot of pressures to look beautiful, to look young," Kathy acknowledged. "Babies don't come out looking like Beyoncé."
In this first episode, Kathy took on the issue of beauty and specifically spoke to Megan about cosmetic surgery. In the past, the Love Island star has said that she started augmenting her body at age 19.
Describing Love Island as "today's ideal for perfection", Kathy sought out Megan to discuss the "stick" she got for changing her appearance.
In one poignant section of All Woman, Megan confided in the presenter that her cosmetic procedures were used against her when she became famous.
"I got so much stick for it in the Island," she remembered. "I didn't think it would be a thing... They were just saying that I was fake and plastic. I was even getting death threats at one point."
Megan felt that she fell victim to the pressures of major brands who are constantly pushing unrealistic standards of beauty on young girls.
"In one way, they're encouraging girls like me to get surgery. But when you do it, you're ridiculed," she argued.
Her hope now is that she can convince young girls that they don't need to go under the knife at 19 years old, like she did.
"This takes hours to make me look the way I look on the red carpet," she stressed, adding: "It's a lot of work."
After the interview, Kathy admitted her mixed feelings about the difficult journey Megan had gone through.
"I just worry about the pressure on young women," she said. "It's not enough just to be attractive anymore."
However, she also pointed out: "Although she still has insecurities about her looks, it appears that Megan’s surgery has paid off."
Viewers were generally impressed with the non-judgmental approach Kathy took during her interview with the Love Island star:
This is a great insight into the hypocrisy of social media from Megan #allwoman— Nick of the North (@PeripateNic) August 13, 2019
End of part one: #allwoman and #kathyburke is non-judgmental of those that choose surgery & understands it, to a point. If I had the cash, hell YES I would too! Outside influences will enhance our own insecurities, & yes we’ll always have another demon to fight next. @KathyBurke— Kerry 'King' Neale (@kezzlebob) August 13, 2019
#kathyburke seems so kind. There's nothing snide about her when she interviews a girl from Love Island, who had some cosmetic surgery. Very menschlich.— Gillian Lazarus (@GillianLazarus) August 13, 2019
Such wise words from Kathy, pressure is immense on young people now to look perfect, it’s getting out of hand. #kathyburke— Rhian (@psychicmaiden) August 13, 2019
@KathyBurke Something that always strikes me is that men get to be admired & desired for who they are, for the important stuff they do, for their talents & abilities - but a woman needs to be beautiful to be admirable & desirable.#allwoman— JB (@jemimabond007) August 13, 2019
Kathy Burke's All Woman continues next Tuesday (August 20) at 10pm on Channel 4 when The Walking Dead star Samantha Morton and comedian Katherine Ryan discuss motherhood.
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