The Traitors' Meryl Williams admits she has faced 'negative comments'

‘People stare and point’: The Traitors winner Meryl Williams admits she has had some ‘negative comments’ since appearing on the show

She won the £101,050 prize alongside Aaron Evans and Hannah Byczkowski in the recently released series of The Traitors.

And Meryl Williams opened up about her experience since the show this week, explaining that she has faced some ‘negative comments’.

The former call centre agent, 25, who was the first person with dwarfism to win a reality game show, explained that even before appearing on the show, people would ‘point and stare’ in the street.

‘People stare and point’: The Traitors winner Meryl Williams admits she has had some ‘negative comments’ since appearing on the show

Appearing on Friday morning’s Good Morning Britain, Meryl explained her ‘amazing’ experience on the show as she changed the way people see dwarfism.

Presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway quizzed the Scot on the decision to put herself out there with the venture.

Explaining that trolling was an issue with or without TV, she shared: ‘I think because I do experience it [trolling and hate] on a day-to-day basis even before the show, when I go out in the street people do stare and that was before the show. 

‘After the show I did receive some negative comments but it wasn’t anything I hadn’t heard before and because I had such a good experience on the show I just ignored it.’

Winner! She won the £101,050 prize alongside Aaron Evans and Hannah Byczkowski in the recently released series of The Traitors

Grateful: Appearing on Friday morning’s Good Morning Britain, Meryl explained her ‘amazing’ experience on the show as she changed the way people see dwarfism

WHAT IS DWARFISM? 

Restricted growth, sometimes known as dwarfism, is a condition characterised by short stature.

There are two main types of restricted growth:

  • Proportionate short stature (PSS) – a general lack of growth, where the length of the trunk and limbs are in proportion
  • Disproportionate short stature (DSS) – where the limbs are shorter or out of proportion with other parts of the body

As well as having short stature, some people with restricted growth also have other physical problems, such as bowed legs or an unusually curved spine.

However, most people don’t have any other serious problems. They can often live a relatively normal life and have a normal life expectancy.

Source: NHS Choices

She continued: ‘But I do experience it, I did know what it would be like for people to stare and point because that’s what people would do before, but I thought by doing this I can at least change people’s ideas so they at least know that we can do the same as them.’ 

Meryl also explained that awareness was the reason she wanted to do the BBC show in the first place as she hoped to change perspectives.

Continuing: The whole reason why I wanted to go on the show was to raise awareness, a lot of people don’t think that I can do the same things they can. So I thought, if I go on and I do the same challenges that they all do, we all have a level playing field.

‘A lot of the challenges people would ask if I got extra time and stuff and I didn’t. Even when I go out people think “Oh they can’t do this and they can’t do that” so I just wanted to show that I can do the exact same as everyone else.’

And after winning big on the show, the TV personality has previously touched on the potential of her own clothing line for people with her condition. 

Expanding on the idea, Meryl explained that she wanted to make clothing ‘accesible and affordable’ for people – with her Nan currently altering adult size clothes to fit her.

‘I love Zara and I shop in adult clothes, I’m a size 8-10, and my gran alters all my clothes so she will just alter everything for me.

‘I maybe would go into like making clothes more accessible and affordable for people with dwarfism because if I wanted a pair of heels I would need them custom made and it’s just so expensive.’

Trolling: Explaining that trolling was an issue with or without TV, she shared: ‘I think because I do experience it [trolling and hate] on a day-to-day basis even before the show, when I go out in the street people do stare and that was before the show

She continued: ‘After the show I did receive some negative comments but it wasn’t anything I hadn’t heard before and because I had such a good experience on the show I just ignored it’

Meryl, Hannah and Aaron managed to beat out ‘traitor’ contestant Wilfred Websterfor the prize money in the show’s tense finale.

The prize sum was split evenly between them as they worked together to crack the case of finding the last traitor. 

And Meryl still has the money, as Kate and Ben quizzed her on whether she had blown it all following the win – which was filmed earlier this year. 

She replied: No. I’ve not spent it all, I do have money left. I’ve always said I wanted to go into presenting and stuff so I thought I’ll give myself six months and I’ve got that money as a safety blanket so I can try different things. Obviously it’s a big safety blanket, and then just see, hopefully pursue that career.

Making a change: Meryl also explained that awareness was the reason she wanted to do the BBC show in the first place as she hoped to change perspectives’

New venture? And after winning big on the show, the TV personality has previously touched on the potential of her own clothing line for people with her condition

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