Nadia Forde: I'm a curvy girl, I have Latin blood - people need to get over it
She spent the night with rats in an underground tomb, but Nadia Forde needed to keep most of her fighting spirit for the daily ordeal of being watched having a shower by 15 million people.
Her bathing sessions on TV3's I'm A Celebrity... sparked unsavoury online criticism over her weight and appearance.
However, the dark-haired beauty has a dismissive, "who cares" approach to nasty abuse.
"I am not going to let my body become a battleground for people to fight about what a woman should look like.
"I haven't seen the comments and quite frankly I don't care. It is my body and I am a woman. I am a curvy girl. I have latin blood. That's the bottom line, excuse the pun," she laughed.
Filmed in the middle of the jungle, the show tests the nerves of celebrities fighting each day for survival while viewers lap up the gruelling challenges they were subjected to in return for food.
"People don't realise it is not a joke. You are bathing in dirty rivers and it is all about basic survival. It is not glamorous. It is not a fashion shoot and when you are having a shower you are not even thinking about what you look like. You just want to be clean."
Blessed with a naturally flawless complexion, friends nevertheless still wondered how she could endure the scrutiny of millions of television viewers without reaching for her cosmetics bag.
"They asked, 'did it not bother you that you weren't able to wear make-up?' But you're not even thinking of that. I saw the pictures when I came out and I just thought, 'jaypers'. Vanity just goes out the window. I have to say that it was very liberating at the same time."
Speaking about the challenges, she said: "It was so much tougher than I expected but it was the most fun and one of the best experiences I have ever had. You're so unaware of what's happening in the outside world. You literally have no control over what is going to happen to you from one hour to the next.
"During week two I was very sick for seven or eight days from the food. I was buried alive in a tomb of rats and had to stay overnight in a bunker with rats, cockroaches and every insect you can think of . . . At one stage I could feel two rats having sex on my face. It was crazy."
The Irish model, who was voted off the reality series last week, is still in the jungle, though now in the comfort of a hotel. Forde will fly home to London tomorrow and spend Christmas relaxing in Dublin.
"I have been 29 days without a phone, but who's counting," she laughs.
"Not being able to contact home and see if my family are OK or what they were up to was probably the hardest part. I would wake up at dawn thinking about it."
Meanwhile, Nadia (25) has ruled out any romance with former X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden.