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Maura Higgins brought plenty of drama to the Love Island villa during the 2019 UK series. But who is she? And why is she so famous?
Love Island producers certainly decided to shake things up when they added Irish ring girl Maura Higgins into the villa line-up in 2019, but after initial uncertainty viewers were won over by the Irish beauty's brutal honesty.
Here’s everything you need to know about Maura including her age, where she is from and what she's said about *those* surgery rumours.
Maura is a 30-year-old from County Longford, Ireland. She worked as a model and Grid Girl before finding fame on Love Island.
She said before entering the villa: “My worst trait would be that I talk over people… a lot! I even notice myself doing it.”
Maura also said she was looking for an honest and confident guy who can make her laugh, and it appeared Curtis did just that in the villa as he impressed her with his latin ballroom moves.
However, they only lasted a matter of months after leaving the villa and she went on to date co-star and now-ex Chris Taylor.
Photos of Maura years before she entered Love Island emerged when she joined the villa, sparking rumours she’s had surgery to alter her appearance.
However, the reality TV star’s mother leapt to her defence insisting Maura hasn’t gone under the knife and has simply had lip fillers which she’s been honest about in a previous Instagram post.
Maura’s mum said at the time: “She’s 28 now. She has matured. She never got plastic surgery ever. The only thing she ever got done – and she never hid it, she had it up on her own Instagram – was she got some lip filler.
"Because she had quite thin lips. And that was the height of it. So that’s the only thing. She never had plastic surgery ever. That’s terrible stuff."
She also revealed on Instagram that she has hair extensions, and her long brunette locks look amazing as a result.
You can follow Maura on Instagram @maurahiggins, where she had 62.5k followers one day after her Love Island entrance was announced and when the season wrapped up she'd gained a total of 1.5 million. She now has over 3 million.
Maura's strong Irish accent catches everyone's attention when she's speaking.
She's from from Longford in Ireland, but now spends most of her time in London, frequently meeting up with her villa bestie Molly-Mae Hague.