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Betrayers winner Meryl Williams is proud to be the first person with dwarfism to win a UK reality competition as she hopes to launch a clothing line for little people
Traitors star Meryl Williams has opened up about her excitement at becoming the first person with dwarfism to win a UK reality competition after she triumphed on Thursday’s show.
Call center agent Meryl, 25, won the £101,050 prize alongside Aaron Evans and Hannah Bychkowski, but she says she has achieved much more from appearing in the series than filling the bank account.
She told MailOnline and other media on Friday: ‘I am very, very proud to be the first person with my dwarfism to win a reality TV competition. It never happened in Britain and it never happened in America.
Proud: Traitors star Meryl Williams, 25, has opened up about her joy at becoming the first person with dwarfism to win a British reality show
“Obviously Ellie Simmonds has been on Strictly Come Dancing but no-one with my condition has ever won.
“The whole reason I went on this show is so people can learn, watch it, see what I’ve done exactly like everyone else, and then realize that I’m the same.”
Meryl said she hopes to change people’s perceptions of people with dwarfism by taking part in a popular show like Traitors.
New beginnings? The TV personality went on to say that she would consider launching her own clothing line after appearing on the show
She continued: “There are some persistent stereotypes and a lot of fun with my condition, for example through pantomime, so I wanted people to see me doing normal things, competing on equal terms with everyone and not having any advantages or disadvantages. .
“That’s all I wanted people to be able to see and I just wanted to make my family proud.”
The TV presenter further said that she would consider launching her own clothing line.
Traitors: BBC’s Traitors came to a close on Thursday with Hannah Bychkowski, Aaron Evans and Meryl Williams winning a whopping £101,050 prize pool, split equally between them
Although she now shops at high street retailers, she cannot wear clothes unless they are altered to fit her.
As for whether she would open her own company, she said: “I say yes to everything, so definitely!
“I still shop at medium-sized stores like Zara. I think I keep them in business!
“My grandmother remakes my clothes. My grandmother is a seamstress by training, so she will take my long-legged pants, cut off the legs and hem them so they look exactly like everyone else’s.
“Then simple things like cargo, you know the pockets have to be up to the thighs?” She will take the pockets and move them up. So she is literally my best friend!
“I’m a size 8 to 10 so I shop in stores like everyone else, but I think that’s not the case for everyone with my condition because not everyone has a grandmother who is a tailor.
“Also shoes because I’m a size one and it’s a nightmare to find shoes.”
The BBC series Traitors came to a close on Thursday with Aaron, Hannah and Meryl winning a whopping £101,050 prize pool, split equally between them.
It was a close encounter for the three winners after Wilfred Webster almost made it before being caught out when he and fellow traitor Kieran Tompsett turned on each other.
What is Dwarfism?
Stature restriction, sometimes known as dwarfism, is a condition characterized by short stature.
There are two main types of growth restriction:
- Proportionately short stature (PSS) – a general lack of growth, when the length of the trunk and limbs are proportional
- Disproportionately short stature (DSS) – when limbs are shorter or disproportionate to other parts of the body
In addition to being short, some people with short stature also have other physical problems, such as crooked legs or an unusually curved spine.
However, most people have no other serious problems. They can often live relatively normal lives and have a normal life expectancy.
Source: NHS Choices