Fitness influencer Sheridan Mordew, who escaped the third lockdown in the UK to work in Dubai, has hit out at those who have slammed social media stars for doing the same.
The personal trainer, from Sunderland, arrived in Dubai on January 2 – just a few days before the third national lockdown was enforced.
She planned to film live workouts in Dubai in order to inspire her clients back home in the UK.
Ever since then, the 24-year-old, who runs ‘Shape Up With Sher,’ has been sharing glamorous content with her Instagram followers as she enjoys the Dubai sunshine and relaxed restrictions in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheridan flew from Manchester and initially planned to stay for two weeks.
However, she is now hoping to be in Dubai until then end of March.
Sheridan is hoping that UK restrictions will be relaxed when she returns.
She told Sunderland Echo: “I was doing classes in my garden during the first lockdown.
“I was doing the live workouts but then when the second lockdown hit, I couldn’t do anything other than the live stuff.
“So I just thought, ‘Why not go to Dubai?'”
Sheridan first travelled to Dubai in December for an eight-day holiday and returned home before travelling back out in January.
The blonde is currently staying in an apartment where she is filming regular live workouts for her clients back home. She says she has funded the trip herself.
Sheridan said she jetted off to Dubai as she was “going through a tough time during lockdown” and her business was declining as her classes had such down.
She also said she wanted to get out in the sun, get some fresh air and go to the gym – saying it was the “only way she’d be happy”.
Despite this she admitted she sometimes feels “guilty” and like she shouldn’t be in Dubai as it’s “unfair”. But then she says that others could have done the same if they wanted to.
Talking about people back in the UK, Sheridan said: “A lot of people sitting in the house watching the posts – it might be a little bit of jealousy, I don’t know – but I think a lot of the time they don’t understand the business side of things. They just look at it as a lifestyle.
“Influencers get paid per post. So if they need to promote products like bikinis, they need to promote certain clothes, certain items to get paid.
“They are not going to make that money sitting in the house.”
Dubai has attracted a number of British influencers currently as gyms, bars, restaurants and clubs remain open there.
‘Essential work trips’ have allowed people to travel from the UK, but social media stars using that as a claim for their trips have attracted some backlash from those in lockdown back in the UK.