Since shooting to fame on Love Island back in 2018, she’s been wowing fans with a slew of sizzling bikini snaps from her countless lavish beach getaways.
But Alexandra Cane showed that the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent lockdowns, as she took to Instagram on Thursday to share a hilarious comparison of her current December with last year’s.
The first part of the post showed the brunette beauty, 29, looking sensational as she rubbed seawater over her enviably taut frame while wearing a skimpy blue bikini.
Wow: Alexandra Cane shared a throwback shot of herself modelling a bikini on Thursday, as she looked back on how different her last December was compared to this year’s
And she showed that things couldn’t be more different today, as the second part of her post saw her clad in a jumper while in bed at home as she pulled a funny face.
Captioning the comparisons, the stunning Hertfordshire native wrote: ‘Dec ‘19 V Dec ‘20… Smashed it.’
Alexandra’s post comes after she revealed that she is now trolled for no longer being the ‘curvy’ Love Islander after slimming down from a size 10 to a six.
The reality star told MailOnline she is often accused of not ‘representing’ women in the same way now she’s an ‘extra small’ – but insists she’s still ‘body positive.’
Contrast: She showed that things couldn’t be more different today, as the second part of her post saw her wearing a sweater while in bed home alone as she pulled a funny face
Stunner: The star looked sensational as she waded through the ocean during her trip last year
In an exclusive interview, Alexandra, revealed the real reasons she took drastic action with her fitness regime after coming close to losing both her parents last year due to their deteriorating health conditions.
Alexandra, who was hailed by Love Island viewers for her curvaceous figure in 2018, made changes to her diet and lifestyle not to have the ‘perfect’ bikini body – but to help cure her crippling anxieties, that have previously seen her be hospitalised.
She explained: ‘It was great so many viewers felt empowered by that. I found out a week before I was going on the show so I didn’t train beforehand, I was just Alex.
‘It does put pressure on me because when I chose to make certain lifestyle changes for myself it then became a case of – “you don’t represent us anymore” and that doesn’t mean I am not body positive.
‘In actual fact, I very much am, I’m just taking better care of myself, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like my body before – it’s just what’s going on in my head.
‘I’m taking better care of myself’: Alexandra is often accused of not ‘representing’ women in the same way now she’s an ‘extra small’ but insists she’s ‘still body positive’ (pictured in 2018)
‘No one saw I ended up in hospital because of anxiety attacks and that’s why I made changes – not because I want biceps.’
Alexandra’s dreams of becoming a professional ballroom dancer were left in tatters when she endured a severe knee injury aged 19, which put her life on a downward spiral.
It wasn’t until her parents both suffered critical health scares that Alex found the determination to adopt a positive outlook.
She said: ‘I didn’t have a job for two years, I got in a toxic relationship and I was at the lowest point in my life. I hadn’t found myself yet and I didn’t know my purpose.
‘I started working in a bar and then my parents got ill, so it was a combination of unhealthy eating and drinking habits, not engaging in activity the way I knew and having health scares from both my parents. I almost lost my mum and dad last year.
Tough: Alexandra revealed the real reasons she took drastic action with her fitness after coming close to losing both her parents last year due to their deteriorating health conditions
‘My mum is in intensive care right now. I have driven to see her to stand outside the window but I haven’t been able to hug her or anything.
‘Through seeing both of their conditions, I started to think maybe this could have been prevented with diet, exercise, environment, and I hit such a low point in my life, I was very, very unhappy.’
Alexandra, who is celebrating the launch of her fitness brand MILA, rid her demons with the support of her personal trainer – but admits her athletic body that fans see today took ‘some really deep work’ to achieve.
She said: ‘I needed to get on a better path and then I met my personal trainer. I had gym memberships I had for years but didn’t use – I’ve been that person but then I fell in love with training but I won’t lie, it was massively hard in the beginning.
‘My mum is in intensive care right now’: Alexandra’s mum is currently in hospital and the star has only been able to see her from outside a window (pictured in 2018)
‘I’ve had to do some really, really deep work and see parts of myself that didn’t make me happy.
‘I was having panic attacks at our sessions because it was such high energy and I was so unfit. It would trigger my anxiety and I didn’t want to go back but my trainer would push me and he believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.’
Alexandra, who briefly dated Dr. Alex George on Love Island, added she’s still single – but hopes to meet someone in 2021.
She said: ‘It hasn’t been easy to meet anyone this year at all. No one is on the scene at the minute but I am definitely open to it. I have an open heart. Maybe in the New Year things might lift but at the moment it is completely dead.’
‘My clothes were hanging off me’: After dropping to a size six, Alexandra had to buy a whole new wardrobe as none of her clothes fitted anymore (pictured in 2018)