Zara McDermott meets Queen Consort Camilla to raise awareness of violence against women

Love Island’s Zara McDermott meets Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace at reception to raise awareness of violence against women

Zara McDermott got a royal welcome on Tuesday, as she met with Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace.

Camilla, 75, held the event in London today to raise awareness of violence against women and girls, as part of the United Nations‘ 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. 

The Love Island star, 25, was one of around 300 people including survivors and their families, as well as famous faces including television presenter Lorraine Kelly, Spice Girl Mel B as well as Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska.

Honour: Zara McDermott got a royal welcome on Tuesday, as she met with Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace

Honour: Zara McDermott got a royal welcome on Tuesday, as she met with Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace

Zara has been outspoken about her efforts and campaigning to end of the scourge of ‘revenge porn’.

She exuded sophistication in an elegant tight-fitted black dress that boasted a jewel-encrusted collar.

The reality star added a few extra inches of height to her frame with a pair of black high heels.

Zara wore her long blonde tresses in loose waves and parted to the side, as she chatted with Camilla.

Important: Camilla, 75, held the event in London today to raise awareness of violence against women and girls, as part of the United Nations' 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Important: Camilla, 75, held the event in London today to raise awareness of violence against women and girls, as part of the United Nations’ 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

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Queen Consort Camilla hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace in London today.

A host of stars attended, including Mel B and Zara McDermott, who looked sophisticated and smart in this Hobbs dress with black court heels.

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Zara has welcomed moves to make it a criminal offence for people to threaten to share naked, sexual or explicit pictures of videos of another person without their consent.

What is revenge porn?

Revenge Porn – or Image-based sexual abuse – is the sharing of private, sexual materials of another person without their consent 

Sharing with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress to the individual pictured  

The offence can be both on and offline and applies to electronically shared images or showing someone a physical image

 

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Speaking about her experiences in September 2020, she said: ‘I’ve been a victim of revenge porn, or what is called Image Based Sexual Abuse, twice in my life.

‘Notably, when I came out of Love Island, and came out to images of me, what felt like, circulating around the whole world. It was one of the hardest things I went through in my whole life.

‘I think that telling someone to never send an image of themselves or a video or do anything in a relationship in a digital way.

‘It’s quite naive to ask someone to do because we live in a hugely digital age right now, it’s only going to get more prolific in society.

‘So I think that trying to do it safely is a really interesting concept to think about and something I thought about a lot, how can you educate people safely?

‘And also and educating people who would share the images about the implications of their actions and them knowing it’s illegal and is an offence, I think could change a lot.’ 

Brave: Zara has been outspoken about her efforts and campaigning to end of the scourge of 'revenge porn'

Brave: Zara has been outspoken about her efforts and campaigning to end of the scourge of ‘revenge porn’

Camilla said in her speech that ‘we are uniting today to confront, rightly, what has rightly been called a global pandemic of violence against women.’

She added: ‘Over the years, in my previous role, I had the privilege of meeting many survivors of rape and domestic abuse; and of sharing in the sorrow of people who had lost family members to violence. 

‘And again and again, I heard that two of the most powerful ways in which to help were to remember and to listen.’

The royal continued: ‘We remember those women who have lost their lives at the hands of a stranger, or of the person who should have loved them best. 

‘In so doing, we refuse to be desensitised by cold facts and figures and we resolve to keep the names and the memories of these women alive. 

Outspoken: Zara has welcomed moves to make it a criminal offence for people to threaten to share naked, sexual or explicit pictures of videos of another person without their consent (pictured outside Parliament Square in London)

Outspoken: Zara has welcomed moves to make it a criminal offence for people to threaten to share naked, sexual or explicit pictures of videos of another person without their consent (pictured outside Parliament Square in London)

‘We remember Brenda Blainey, Mariam Kamara, Lucy Powell, Samantha Drummonds, Yasmin Begum, Sally Turner, Hina Bashir, Jillu Nash and her 12-year-old daughter Louise, to name but a very few of those who have been killed this year alone. 

‘And we remember – because we cannot forget – all the other women and girls who died in similarly horrific circumstances.

‘These women, tragically, can no longer speak for themselves. But we listen to those who can. 

‘I have learnt from my conversations with these brave survivors that what they want, above all, is to be listened to and believed, to prevent the same thing happening to others. 

‘They know there is power in their stories and that, in the telling, they move from being the victims of their histories to the authors of their own futures.’

Guests: The Love Island star, 25, was one of around 300 people including survivors and their families, as well as famous faces including television presenter Lorraine Kelly, Spice Girl Mel B as well as Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska

Guests: The Love Island star, 25, was one of around 300 people including survivors and their families, as well as famous faces including television presenter Lorraine Kelly, Spice Girl Mel B as well as Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska

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