'I never realised I was a feminist' Maura Higgins encourages young women to stick up for themselves
"I trust someone until they do me wrong."
Maura Higgins has said that she is glad she influenced some young women to be more confident in their relationships.
The Love Island contestant said that she was surprised by the reaction to her complete shut down of Tom Walker, who wondered aloud whether the ring girl was "all mouth."
Speaking to Grazia Magazine for a stripped back shoot, Maura said that she was glad she could have a positive influence on some women's lives.
"I mean, obviously, I'm flattered," she said.
"I never realised I was a feminist! I just stand up for myself, and I won't let anyone talk shit about me. And you know, I do talk about sex, but so do guys."
Maura came fourth on the ITV dating show alongside Curtis Pritchard, who she coupled up with in the second half of the series.
Before that, she had found herself in a couple with a series of men who talked down to her, or made assumptions about what she was like.
"I've always been misjudged, my whole life," she said.
"Stick up for yourself. Don't let anyone walk all over you. Voice your opinion. There's no point hiding away."
Maura also said that she hopes she and Curtis will go the distance, adding that if they both like each other enough, "we will make time for each other."
She and the professional dancer have only spent one night apart since leaving the villa, so Maura is confident things will continue to go well for the pair - if they both put the effort in.
"Obviously, we're going to be busy now, but I feel like if we both like each other enough we will make time for each other," she said.
"I'm not a girl to be on edge all the time thinking, 'I wonder what he's doing?'
"I trust someone until they do me wrong, and if they do me wrong, that's it. There are no second chances with me. You're gone."