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From Digital Spy We're days away from the Love Island final, and Megan Barton Hanson is still in the villa. Despite a number of Twitt...

Why Love Island's Megan should make the final

From Digital Spy

We're days away from the Love Island final, and Megan Barton Hanson is still in the villa. Despite a number of Twitter campaigns to "get her out", she's still going strong (even if that is down to Wes Nelson's decision to save her).

A large number of viewers seem to have forgotten the all-important conversation surrounding the dangers of social media trolling – and the lessons that should have been learnt from Sophie Gradon's passing. There's been a narrative around Megan that veers into the realms of sexism and slut-shaming, poking fun at her cosmetic procedures and branding her a "praying mantis" for her behaviour towards the lads.

At just 24 years old, this Love Island contestant has shown clear signs of a young woman who doesn't quite know who she is, what she wants or where she fits in. A self-confessed "shy" girl, she arguably latched onto any attention that was thrown her way – a sign, in our humble opinion, of someone who's had their confidence knocked more than once in the past.

She may look like a classic pin-up, a total babe and a model who's been known to take her clothes off, but that doesn't make her fair game in the court of public opinion.

We can't help but be reminded of Jessica Hayes from Love Island 2015. She too found herself to be the underdog; a Page 3 model who, by her own admission, was often judged for the work that she did, Jess coupled up with a few different fellas during her time on the show. Like Megan, she was also criticised on the outside for her "flirty" ways – hands up who remembers that controversial date with the Italian twins?

Mirroring the current series, Jess was also up against a couple who had been together from day one – Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer are basically this year's Jon Clark and Hannah Elizabeth. Everyone thought that it was a done deal that Jon and Hannah would be crowned the '15 winners – they even got engaged on the show, for goodness sake.

But it was Jess who ultimately won the nation over, going from one of the most hated contestants to the most loved. Why? Because everyone wants to see a phoenix rise from the ashes.

Like Jess, Megan has gone through a journey on the show. Facing up to her insecurities, she's opened up about her concerns regarding her past and how people might judge her. Having previously claimed that she's "never had female friends", she's also learnt what it means to have the support of close girl relationships.

And she's done all of this in full view of the cameras, taking viewers along for the ride and imparting valuable lessons about judging someone on their looks or vocation of choice.

Yes, she has made mistakes – we're sure that everyone is in agreement that the whole Wes and Laura Anderson triangle could have been handled better. But that just makes her all the more relatable, right?

Megan has not only started to find herself on the show, but she's found her "love" in Wes – and that's what the show is all about, right?

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