A BEAUTY queen was left with horrific burns on her lips after shoving chocolate wands into her mouth for an ITV reality show.
Jen Atkin, 28, took part in CelebAbility where members of the public compete against celebrities to win money.
Hosted by the voice of Love Island Iain Sterling, this game show sees a team of five celebrities take on a team of friends in a series of physical and light-hearted challenges.
The former Miss GB agreed to take part in the show in 2018, and signed a waiver to prevent her from suing ITV if she got injured.
But she didn’t expect that a chocolate covered biscuit would cause her to suffer from severe burns – meaning she couldn’t eat for weeks.
The model thinks that there was a substance on the ends of the biscuits to help make them look like a wand, as she took on magician Ben Hanlin.
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Her lips swelled out and were painful for weeks, and cost her a month’s work after she had to cancel several modelling jobs because of the reaction.
Jen told The Sun: “They gave us some ideas for what the categories would be, and I agreed to do the ‘big mouth’ challenge.
“They don’t warn you about anything, which makes sense because they want to get it all for the cameras.
“I appreciate that you sign things to say if you get injured it’s your own fault, but I do think its wrong that they didn’t tell me the substance on the chocolate fingers could cause a reaction.
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“I think it was an attempt to get me to dribble, which makes sense because the challenge was around stuffing those in my face.
“But even as it was happening I could feel my lips tingling and was a bit confused by what it was. It must have stayed on my lips because it was really bad.
'COULDN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE'
“I couldn’t leave the house for two weeks because it was that bad, I may have won £1k on the show but it lost me more in work.
“The winnings were not worth it, and it made me really ill. I couldn’t eat or leave the house because I was so conscious about it.
“It was horrific, they claim that it has been trialled by someone else beforehand but I don’t think they really thought it through.
“I appreciate that I signed the forms, but they should have warned me what was on the chocolate fingers that would have been fairer.
“Everything was made so much worse when I lost the modelling jobs because of my lip, and then I had to explain to the doctor what had happened which was really embarrassing.
“I had a great time on the show, but the aftermath of it was awful. The pain was unbearable and I felt like they just wanted to shove it under the rug.
“I’ve got a bit of PTSD from it, I still can’t have sugary things like tangfastics with sugar near my face!”
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An ITV spokesman said: “We have full health and safety checks in place, and briefings with all of our contributors ahead of any game participation during the show, as well as an onsite medic present throughout the record.
“We maintain dialogue with all of our contributors after the record to ensure they can feed back on their experience.”
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