Zara McDermott says boys as young as 11 send her explicit messages on social media that read “I want to sh*g you” and tell her to “come over now.”
The 24-year-old appeared in her BBC Three documentary Uncovering Rape Culture and explored whether online pornography plays a role in sexism and rape culture in Britain.
She said that while her job as a social media model means she’s lucky enough to pose for “glamorous photo shoots,” the images become part of an “online world of sexual images.”
The London-based reality star said her job as a social media model posting racy photos on Instagram means she’s getting the “bizarre forward messages” from young boys online.
Acknowledging that they’re just trying, or being challenged by friends, she said it’s “regarding,” telling the Sun: ‘If they think it’s okay to send it to me, what do they send to their peers?’
Zara McDermott said boys as young as 11 are sending her explicit messages on social media saying ‘I want to sh*g you’ and telling her to ‘come over now’ in a new BBC Three documentary
She said that while her job as a social media model means she’s lucky enough to do “glamorous photo shoots,” the images become part of an “online world of sexual images.”
“Working as a model has given me the good fortune to travel and do glamorous photo shoots, but it has not escaped my notice that I am part of an online world of sexual images for all to see,” she said.
“I get quite a few young guys out of school, they’ll send me the rudest, most bizarre, most direct stuff like ‘I want to fuck you’ or ‘come to mine now’ and I’m like ‘Oh my god you are literally 11 years old’.
She said that while she “carefully” posts sexualized images “does contribute to the problem,” she emphasized that she works as an influencer promoting brands and does not believe that selling fashion has the same adverse effect as “hardcore porn.”
Zara, who previously opened up about a nude photo circulating around her school as a teenager, also opened up about a sexual assault in which she was “nearly raped” while walking home.
She said that while she is “mindful” about posting sexualized images “does contribute to the problem,” she emphasized that she works as an influencer promoting brands.
She was pinned to a fence in broad daylight by a teenager wearing a school uniform after he followed her from the main street, but escaped when a group of adults saw the attack and came to help.
Zara recalls: “It was three o’clock in the afternoon, it was still light outside. The guy followed me from the main street, I felt like he was coming from school because I could see his school uniform and see his face and see he had a real freckled face, a real boyish face.
“He came closer and closer to me, I started to get a little scared. I felt him coming after me and I heard him yell at me and he said ‘I’m going to fuck you now, I’m going to fuck you against this fence’
“It was like he came up to me from the sidewalk, he kind of pushed me against this” [fence] and then put a hand on my leggings and tried my best to hold them up.
Zara, who previously opened up about a nude photo circulating around her school as a teenager, also opened up about a sexual assault in which she was ‘nearly raped’ as she walked home
“Then I looked over his shoulders and saw a group of adults running towards me and then he just ran away. As he ran, he kept yelling, “I’m going to get you, I’m not done with you, I’m going to get you.”
The reality star said the horrific experience was even more shocking because of the age of her attacker, who estimated he was around 15.
“This man was a child,” she said. “He must have been a teenager, I was so shocked by how powerful he thought he could have been 15. He would have raped me 100 percent.’
The attack, which took place near Zara’s family home in Essex four years ago, was reported to police, but the perpetrator was never found.
“I think once it happens to you, the world almost becomes a little more sinister than you thought it was,” she said.
The reality star previously fronted the critically acclaimed documentary Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn in which she detailed her two revenge porn trials.
The reality star previously fronted the critically acclaimed documentary Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn in which she details her two revenge porn ordeals.
The media personality was banned from her high school after the photos “went viral in her community” – an experience she confessed to “tarnishing” her teenage years.
The photos she sent to her ex-boyfriend were among other things distributed, but this time on a larger scale.
Zara explained: “I was in a relationship and we broke up and he sent images to his phone. I think his friends remembered having those images of me and spreading them among their friends. They went worldwide.
“You’re looking at two very different scenarios here: a 14-year-old girl, as teenagers we don’t really think about the consequences of actions.
“We don’t forward plans, I think a lot of people can say that they made decisions in their teens with big consequences. When I was 21, I was a consenting adult in a trusting relationship.
“There are people who say you shouldn’t trust the person you’re in a relationship with and I don’t agree. Cases are so common if they trust their partners, why wouldn’t they?’