MAURA Higgins ditched her make-up, fake tan and Instagram filters for a bare-faced snap today as she slammed trolls on Instagram.
The Love Island star shared a rare photo of what she looks like without a glamorous makeover and was praised by fans for her candid post.
Maura, 30, said she wanted to encourage honesty, confidence, and real life on Instagram, which can be saturated with manipulated photos from reality stars.
In the snap, the Irish beauty rested her head on her hand as her hair fell straight around her face.
She captioned the shot: "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.
"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 ❤️"
Maura immediately won praise for the incredible post, as Molly-Mae Hague said: "Love this so much. You’re everything ❤️"
Shaugna Phillips wrote: "Alllll kinds of feels ❤️❤️❤️"
And Lucie Donlan typed: "My girl❤️ beautiful inside and out ❤️ this caption is everything 🙏"
It was not the first time Maura has given her fans a glimpse of her life behind the camera.
Maura was trying to recreate a picture from her childhood, showing her fans the baby snap before flipping the camera around to her bare face.
Pulling a cheeky smile and with her hair tied loosely back, Maura looked fresh as a daisy without a scrap of mascara or fake tan in sight.
Since leaving the villa Maura has appeared on This Morning, Loose Women, Celebrity Juice and Dancing on Ice.
She has worked with brands like Monster and at events such as Bellator MMA and FIA World Rallycross.
In 2017, Maura also starred in Liam Payne’s music video for his single Get Low but it wasn't until 2019 that she found fame after entering the Love Island villa.
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Maura is dating Love Island co-star Chris Taylor but pair haven't confirmed exactly when things started between them.
She had been single since her split with Curtis Pritchard in March 2020.
After months of speculation that Maura and Chris had grown closer, Maura confirmed their relationship around her 30th birthday celebrations on November 25, 2020.
She told Instagram followers: "He's mine" and fellow reality celeb friends rushed to congratulate the happy couple.
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