Megan Barton-Hanson embraces pin-up persona ahead of Celebs Go Dating stint

Megan Barton Hanson became one of the most beloved islanders on last year’s Love Island due to her sex positivity, sassy attitude and bombshell good looks.

And while she’s not in the villa this year, she’s still amping up the pin-up vibes.

The 25-year-old got back to her Love Island roots for a glamorous bikini shoot for Celebrity Secrets, in which she posed against a series of retro, pastel backdrops to embrace the all American girl aesthetic – well the all American girl aesthetic if it took a pitstop in Essex.

Megan sported a high-waisted white bikini while holding a milkshake, before embracing her bombshell persona in shorts and a headscarf.

Other pics saw the star leaning against a pink Cadillac, sitting in a pastel diner and lounging around in a lemon-coloured dress and rollerskates, as well as going all Pink Lady while standing against a jukebox.

Megan will be next on our screens for E4’s Celebs Go Dating, where she’ll be looking for love alongside stars including Lauren Goodger and Lee Ryan.

And Megan is keen to date girls on the show after coming out as bisexual earlier this year – and claimed she was previously rejected from Love Island because of her sexuality.

She told The Sun: ‘I was super open and said I feel like I’m more into girls, but I think that’s what put them off.’

Megan didn’t tell producers she was bisexual in her second audition, saying: ‘In Love Island I already felt I had a stigma attached to me because of being a stripper. I didn’t want to add to it be revealing I like girls as well.

However, the Essex girl praised Love Island in Celebrity Secrets while discussing the level of aftercare provided by the show.

Comparing the show to a ‘rehab retreat’, Megan said: ‘They really looked after us in terms of our mental health’, adding that ITV took over her private therapist bills before the show and made particular efforts to be in touch at ‘times of significant life events’, including her split from Wes Nelson.

Megan has been open about her struggle with mental health, having previously suffered suicidal thoughts, and believes more needs to be done when it comes to tackling online abuse.

The model said: ‘It would be great if they had filters to prevent people from abusing someone on their comments or via their DMs. The person that posted it should also be blocked as a consequence of their actions.’

She also called for Love Island producers and teams from other reality shows to ‘make contestants more aware of the editing process’.

Following the deaths of islanders Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, both of whom took their own lives, Love Island bosses updated their aftercare process for series five.

In a statement issued before the current series began, the show outlined three ‘key stages’ for the pre-filming, filming and aftercare – with aftercare in particular getting an increase in support.

After evaluating their previous care, they have added enhanced psychological support and more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show.

On top of that, each islander will be given social media and financial management training to help them tackle their sudden cashflow and attention online.

Celebrity Secrets, distributed with OK! magazine, is available on Tuesday 25 June.

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