Survivor NZ contestant says she was fat-shamed off the show
A plus-sized model who was the second person voted off Survivor NZ is accusing her teammates of "fat-shaming".
Hannah Gough, a 27-year-old kindergarten teacher and model, says she was never given a chance after being the first person voted off from her Survivor tribe.
The model was exiled from the Mogoton tribe on day one. She survived on "Redemption Island" until Sunday's episode, out lasting Dee Harper who was the first person to leave the show.
Gough was adamant that the other contestants hadn't given her a "fair shot", saying her tribe "fat-shamed and body-shamed" her.
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Gough was a power lifter, and proved her strength as the tribe built its campsite. She also out performed Harper in an elimination challenge, proving her ability as a quick thinking player.
Despite Gough saying she was judged by her cast mates, she didn't regret going on the show. It gave her an opportunity to expose fat-shaming and talk about body positivity, she said.
"I am a fat girl in a bikini who is really proud of my body. And I fight every day to defy the odds around what beauty stands for and body positivity, and body acceptance, and basically that it's not OK to judge people based on what they look like," she said.
Getting voted off for her appearance was "gutting", Gough said. Following her exile, many of the Mogoton tribe members admitted they had voted her off because of her size.
"I am gutted. It was really hard because on the plane ride home to New Zealand, I kind of felt like I had let everyone down," she said.
Since getting back to New Zealand, and seeing the show air over the past weeks, Gough said she changed her mind about the impact she had on Survivor New Zealand.
"I haven't won Survivor the game, but I feel like I have won Survivor for my cause around body acceptance," she said.
Survivor NZ airs Sunday 7pm and Monday 7.30pm on TVNZ 2.