Vanessa Sunshine releases inspirational message after being dumped by The Bachelor Australia

Vanessa Sunshine has released an emotional message on Instagram after being dumped by Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins on The Bachelor Australia.

The 27-year-old admits she was "different" to most women who compete in the reality TV show, but says that was her intention.

Vanessa also says she hopes her experience on the show can be inspirational for other people.

"I know who I am, can back myself, know my value and worth and no one is going to take that from me," she says.

"If my experience has shown just one person that it's okay to be completely yourself, to back yourself, not put up with bullshit and stay true to you when faced with adversity, then for me everything was worth it."

Vanessa's elimination came after one of the other ladies, Romy, told Nick Vanessa wasn't physically attracted to him.

When Nick asked Vanessa if this was the case - she confirmed that it was, before being sent packing.

"My approach was a wild card, you're used to watching women automatically fall for the Bachelor and scramble to profess their feelings, vying to be the last one standing to claim their (man) prize," says Vanessa in her Instagram post.

"Obviously I was a different kind of woman thrown into the mix this season... I simply don't feel the need to justify myself to everybody. I'm very aware I'm 'different', I always have been and I'm totally comfortable and OK with this fact."

Speaking to Fairfax Media in Australia, Vanessa labelled the behaviour of her rivals Romy, Alisha and Cat as "disgusting".

"I don't like calling them villains - I think by calling them villains, it glorifies their behaviour... It makes it acceptable what they're doing, and it's not acceptable," she said.

"It is not put on, they're not coerced, it's not the producers, it's not edited... [They] get their self-confidence, their self-validation and their self-worth is by belittling, berating and bullying other people."

"It's gaslighting and it's manipulation at its finest - they are the masters at it."

The Bachelor Australia screens in New Zealand on Bravo at 8:30pm every Tuesday and Wednesday. It can also be viewed on ThreeNow.


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