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Loose Women's Saira Khan: 'My bikini shoot isn't evil'

Saira Khan hopes her Loose Women photoshoot has encouraged women to feel confident in their own bodies.

Saira Khan has further slammed accusations that she is "evil" for posing in a bikini for Loose Women's Body Stories campaign.

The TV star posed alongside fellow Loose Women panellists including Stacey Solomon and Janet Street-Porter in the swimwear shoot, which formed part of their #MyBodyMyStory movement, which encourages ladies to feel confident in their own skin.

But rather than receive praise for her bravery, Saira was called out by fellow Muslims on social media for showing off body, which left the former Apprentice candidate saddened.

"All my other colleagues were getting so much praise, no one mentioning their religion or what they represent. But for me, I was the only Muslim woman in the whole shoot and I got criticism," she sighed on Wednesday's episode (03May17).

"For me it has helped lots of women of colour to say, 'Look yeah our bodies look like that, we're a bit darker, we've got stretch marks, you know, we've got a bit of a belly, we are normal too.' What hurt me was to say this is 'evil', that as a Muslim I was representing evil. Me in a bikini is not evil... Killing innocent people in the name of my religion, that is evil."

Saira didn't hold back in responding to an Instagram user who said he was "disgraced" by her involvement in the venture. Admitting her initial response was to dub him a "misogynist, backward, brainwashed, idiotic person", what upset her more was that she had put herself on the line after opening up last year (16) about being sexually abused by a family member at the age of 13.

"That's why I wanted to do it," she explained. "Forget my religion, forget my colour, just as a woman to be able to feel confident to stand there and say at long last I'm actually really happy."

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