Ella Morgan, a participant in MAFS UK, has chosen to part ways with her £2,500 wedding dress via Vinted, marking a symbolic departure following her unsuccessful marriage to Nathanial Valentino.
The 29-year-old contestant, notably the show’s first transgender participant, has decided to donate all proceeds from the sale of her dress to transgender charities.
Ella, a clinic consultant, donned the striking size 6 Rosa Clara Couture Sabela dress on her wedding day to Nathanial Valentino, 36. The Vinted listing highlights the dress as having been worn exclusively for her memorable moment on the MAFS wedding day. The proceeds from the sale are dedicated to the Not A Phase and Mermaids charities, both of which actively support the transgender community.
Providing further details, Ella shared insights about the alterations made to the dress to ensure a perfect fit, accentuated by her choice of 4-inch heels on the day. The listing concludes with an open invitation for offers. Additionally, Ella is offering a mermaid dress, as seen on the E4 show, for £100, and a fluffy frock, worn during her hen do, for £250.
Following the breakdown of her relationship with Nathanial, Ella engaged in a flirtatious exchange with co-star JJ Slater, 30, whom she later reconnected with on the show.
Recently, Ella made a bold fashion statement at the Pride Of Britain Awards held at London’s Grosvenor House hotel. She proudly sported a stunning trans pride flag ballgown, a creation by Abigail Westrup Bridal.
The strapless dress boasted long layers of tulle, resembling the colours of the transgender pride flag, accentuating her graceful appearance.
Reflecting on her decision to participate in MAFS, Ella expressed her openness and readiness to face the potential backlash and negativity that might accompany her public presence. She also discussed the complexities of identity, mentioning the support she’s received and the unwarranted sense of shame often associated with labels. Ella underscored the significance of representing the transgender community and emphasized her desire to be a positive influence.
In conversations with BBC Newsbeat before the season’s launch, Ella emphasised feeling “honoured and privileged” to represent the trans community on a platform as influential as MAFS. She highlighted the absence of role models during her younger years and expressed optimism in becoming a beacon of hope for the upcoming generation of transgender individuals, providing them with a positive representation on television.