SHE’S a Love Island beauty raking in thousands on Instagram, but Shaughna Phillips has bigger dreams than your average reality star.
‘’I’m earning more money than I earned previously but I don’t feel satisfied,” she says. “I don’t go to bed thinking ‘I’ve accomplished something today’.”
Shaughna Phillips is set to strip off for charity in The Real Fully Monty on IceCredit: Instagram
In fact, while the 26-year-old is getting ready to strip off for The Real Full Monty on Ice, she’s determined to become famous for her brains as well as her beauty.
And with a degree in journalism and a stint working in local politics under her belt, she’s taking inspiration from one of her TV heroes, Stacey Dooley.
‘’I definitely want to get into documentary work and I love Stacey Dooley and the kinds of things that she’s covered,” Shaughna tells Sun Online.
“I want to get into community work … I love talking about prison reform and how like the prison system does not work – it’s set up for failure.
“I’ve always done stuff that I’ve had to use my brain for. Now I’m in an industry where – it’s sad to say – a lot of people don’t really care what you’ve got to say.
The star wants to take inspiration from the career of Stacey DooleyCredit: Rex Features
Stacey has made her name as a hard-hitting documentary makerCredit: Instagram
Raking in more Insta cash than Love Island winners
Shaughna became a fan favourite on this year’s winter Love Island after keeping a stony face as Callum Jones ditched her to couple up with model Molly Smith.
Since leaving the villa, the bombshell has gone from strength to strength – even outshining winners Paige Turley and Finn Tapp with her Instagram earnings.
Shaughna was launched into the spotlight after Love Island 2020 concludedCredit: Rex Features
The couple earn around £6,739 between them per sponsored post but Shaughna earns an average of £4,500, despite only being a runner up on the show.
Her popularity on social media initially took her by surprise, and she admits she can get carried away when superstar fans like Crissy Teigen reply to her on Twitter.
“I start thinking maybe The Kardashians know who I am and then it just runs away with me,” she laughs.
Crissy Teigen tweeted about Shaughna’s Love Island ex Callum after questioning what a scaffolder is
Shaughna stays off of Twitter but couldn’t help tweeting her delight about Chrissy Teigen enjoying the latest series
A post like this could bag the blonde beauty up to £4.5kCredit: Instagram
Despite her financial success, however, Shaughna is still looking for her dream man after failing to find him on Love Island and Celebs Go Dating.
She’s now partnering with dating app happn, but admits she can be a bit picky when it comes to her type on paper.
Celebs Go Dating saw Shaughna on Zoom dates Credit: Rex Features
”I wouldn’t go on a date with someone shorter than me,” she says.
“I don’t know if that’s me being picky, but I can’t marry someone that’s shorter than me. I’ve got to be shorter than you in heels.”
”I’m already thinking about the wedding and that’s the problem with me. I’m putting too much pressure on it!”
The Love Island star says dating can be a minefield Credit: Instagram
The TV star has had her fair share of dating disasters – and recalls how her worst experience left her quite literally turning her nose up.
‘’We were both sat at the back of the restaurant where the toilet was and someone was obviously not very well that day and having a real bad time in the toilet. It absolutely stank,” she says.
‘’On a date you don’t want to be discussing bodily functions and things like that. We were both trying to pretend we couldn’t smell anything and it wasn’t absolutely horrendous, but that was all you could smell and it was sickening.’’
‘’We were both just staring at each other like, ‘how do we both get out of this?’’’
Shaughna’s Golden Dating Tips
Following Love Island, Shaughna has advice for hopeful singles looking to get back in the dating game.
1. Don’t overthink it
I definitely do that, I spend so much time worrying about ‘’What if I don’t live up to their expectations?’’. Let that go, just enjoy your time there.
2. Don’t ghost them
I haven’t followed this before, but I will try to in 2021. If you’re not feeling it, if you’re not feeling that romantic connection there, let them know because I am a serial ghoster and it’s so bad.
If someone was upfront with me and said “oh I’m not really feeling this, I don’t think there’s that connection”, I’d be so pleased they had told me that, I wouldn’t take it personally at all. I’d rather that then someone just ignore me.
When it comes to me, I couldn’t think of anything worse than telling someone that I’m not feeling it. But in the end that’s so selfish because you’re only saving yourself the torture, rather than putting them out of their misery.
That’s one of my golden tips that I’ve never put in practice but promise to put in practice in 2021.
3. Don’t be unwilling to compromise
Don’t just go for what you think your type is. I don’t personally think I’ve got a type but I probably am pretty picky.
You’ve got to have some leeway, you can’t have a checklist and then not go out with someone because they don’t meet one rule. You probably don’t meet a lot of people’s checklists, but you’ve got to be able to adapt – just have an open mind!
Horror leg condition led to liposuction
Shaughna’s had an eventful year after being diagnosed with Lipodema – a medical condition that causes an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks – shortly after leaving the Love Island villa.
In September, she had lipsuction to remove unwanted body fat and shared painful looking pictures of her swollen legs after the surgery.
“I’ve kind of always had an insecurity about my legs, but there were so many questions about if I’d ever been diagnosed with lipoedema, and I didn’t even know what it was,” she explained in a candid video.
“So after some research and going to the doctors, I was finally diagnosed and then had my surgery on Wednesday.”
Shaughna says she wants to use her platform to raise awareness about body issues and “help women and girls”.
Like many Love Island contestants, she says she has been cruelly bullied over the way she looks on social media.
Shaughna was labelled online as just being ‘fat’ despite living a healthy lifestyle Credit: BBC
The reality star gave post-surgery updates following the procedureCredit: shaughnaphillips/Instagram
Having stopped posting on Twitter since September, she insists the solution is to ignore the hate and deny trolls the attention they crave.
“I don’t look,” she says. “That’s what gives these people their energy that they need to keep going.
“I don’t really look in my comments section at all. I don’t look in my message requests.
“If it really does make them get through their day a little bit easier knowing they’ve sent me a horrible message that I will never ever see, then crack on!”
Shaughna Phillips has teamed up with dating app happn to talk all things bad dates, and finding love on your doorstep. Download it here.
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