The reality star was targeted over pictures of her in a bikini

Rachel Fenton has sent a powerful response to her critics after being body shamed over recent holiday photos.

The Love Island star received some harsh comments about her figure in a photo posted on Instagram, which shows her modelling a pink bikini as she shares a kiss with boyfriend Rykard Jenkins.

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Some Instagram users labelled 23-year-old Rachel ‘fat’ whilst others accused her of looking ‘pregnant’, something she has fiercely hit back at in a lengthy post shared on Twitter.

Cheeky 💋 with my @rykardjenkins

A post shared by Rachel Fenton (@rachelfenton1) on

‘To those people who are trying to body shame me and say I look fat or pregnant in my recent Instagram picture, here’s a quick message,’ the nurse began her response.

‘I am not ashamed of my body, and you won’t make me feel ashamed.

‘I was on a beach with my boyfriend at the weekend and we were happy together. That’s what this picture shows and that’s why I posted it on instagram.’

You tell ‘em, Rachel! The reality star also made it clear that she won’t let the bullies win and has no intentions of deleting the photo.

‘I’m not going to take it down because you feel I am not the right body shape – whatever that means,’ says Rachel.

‘To those people who posted hurtful, insulting comments I suggest you go away and look at your lives and ask yourselves why you feel the need to make women feel bad about themselves.

‘Because you are the ones with the problem and I genuinely feel sorry for you.

‘I’m saying this on behalf of myself and all those girls who have ever been made to feel bad about their bodies. Because no one should ever be made to feel under pressure about their weight by others! #teamrealwomen’

Rachel’s powerful message has quickly garnered support and fans have been praising her for her stance on social media.

The blonde star’s fellow Love Island mates have also been getting behind her.

Boyfriend Rykard proudly Tweeted: ‘Proud of you & your Body bub. #RealWoman’

Meanwhile Katie Salmon said ‘Your a beauty @RachelFenton_ inside and out. Couldn’t of said it better myself!’ and Zara Holland added ‘Well said rach, couldn’t have put it better myself!!! #beatbodyshaming’

Cara De La Hoyde sent love too, so basically the trolls are totally being outnumbered by those supporting Rachel. Go team LI!

Anna Francis