Love Island's Erin Barnett risks Instagram ban with cleavage pic

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Love Island star Erin Barnett has turned heads on Instagram by sharing a rather busty snap that leaves little to the imagination.

In the pic, the 25-year-old is sporting a red skirt and a fitting white crop top featuring a plunging neckline that reveals an ample amount of cleavage.

Love Island's Erin Barnett risked an Instagram ban with a rather racy pic. Photo: Instagram/erin.alysha.
Love Island's Erin Barnett risked an Instagram ban with a rather racy pic. Photo: Instagram/erin.alysha.

Erin, who appeared on the inaugural Aussie season of the reality TV show, appeared to hint in her caption that she was close to flaunting Instagram’s notoriously strict policy on nudity.

“If this photo offends you IDGAF,” she wrote.

“Throw back on a Wednesday? Breaking all the Instagram rules today.. Look out,” she added along with the hashtags ‘#femaleempowerment’ and ‘#mybodymychoice’.

Erin’s fans took to the comments section to praise her bold and brave post and share their support.

“Doesn’t offend me at all, quite the opposite!” wrote Love Island season two star Margarita Smith.

“You do you boo,” said another follower.

“If this offended you then you need to take a long hard look at yourself,” added one.

“A cleavage .... oh my stars *faints* .... *reports image* hahahahaha,” joked another.


Erin Barnett in her underwear on Instagram
Erin isn't afraid o speak up or show some skin on Instagram. Photo: Instagram/erin.alysha.

Instagram’s strict nudity policy

Her post was no doubt a nod by the YouTuber to the recent controversy involving comedian and actor Celeste Barber, whose semi-naked parody post was removed by the platform. Meanwhile the original image of Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel that Celeste was poking fun at remained online.

The funny lady publically called Instagram out on its double-standards that often sees near-nude posts by people who are fuller-figured, black or from other minority groups taken down.

After a three-month campaign by UK plus-size model and activist Nyome Nicholas-Williams, the social media platform announced that from Wednesday, October 28, they will allow content where someone is ‘hugging, cupping or holding their breasts’.

It’s not the first time that Erin has taken to social media to have her say. Earlier this year, she made a desperate plea to Love Island viewers in the UK after her season of the show went to air over there.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Love Island UK was been scrapped leading ITV bosses to air the Aussie version from two years ago instead.

Erin partnered up with Eden Dally on Love Island in 2018. Photo: Channel Nine.
Erin partnered up with Eden Dally on Love Island in 2018. Photo: Channel Nine.

That meant that while all the drama the contestants went through was a mere memory for them, it’s all been dragged up again by fans commenting on their Instagram accounts.

Erin, who came second on the show with her then-beau Eden Dally, asked new followers of her account to take into consideration that it’s been two years since the show and a lot has happened in her life since then.

“Yeah look, I was a crazy b**** & swore a lot. Not much has changed, but I have grown up & realised I probably shouldn’t of said some nasty things to some of the girls on the show, probably shouldn’t of done a lot of shit I did on the show lol BUT I CANT TAKE IT BACK,” Erin wrote. ⁣

“Every single person in this world has said something they shouldn’t of or done something they wish they didn’t. Unfortunately we can’t take back the past. ⁣

“We had cameras everywhere for your entertainment, so don’t you dare sit on your couch & start attacking us on social media for things we did or said; When I can guarantee YOU have probably done or said worse, but it was just never filmed 24/7 & aired on tv around the world.”

Erin went on to explain that they were all locked in a house with no privacy and cameras watching their every move.

Erin Barnett and her boyfriend Mick pose for the camera
The 25-year-old is now in a relationship with Mick. Photo: Instagram/Erin Barnett

Erin’s new love

Now, two years on, she said she’s in the best relationship of her life, with her boyfriend Mick and so happy to have his two beautiful children in her life. ⁣

“You have no idea how Mick has changed my life for the better. He makes me feel safe, secure & happy,” she said.

Addressing her relationships in the Love Island house, Erin said she has no ‘beef with anyone from the show’ apart from Eden, with the pair parting on bad terms.

On the other hand, Eden has been reposting images from the 2018 show on his Instagram account.

Since the show, Eden has also moved on and is now in a relationship with former Married At First Sight star Cyrell Paule. The pair also have a five-month-old son, Boston, together.

Additional reporting by Sarah Carty.

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