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Who is Gemma Collins? TOWIE star and Celebrity Big Brother 17 homemate who has lost a lot of weight

SHE lasted 72 hours in the jungle and became famous for her bubbily personality on TOWIE.

Here is everything you need to know about the blonde reality star.

Who is Gemma Collins?

The straight-talking Essex girl quickly became a favourite on the show thanks to her no-nonsense demeanour.

Despite starting out as a car salesperson Gemma’s popularity on the show allowed her to launch her own clothing line and boutique shop alongside numerous TV appearances.

She also released a bestselling autobiography in June 2013 called Basically: My Real Life as an Essex Girl.

Reality star Gemma shot to fame after appearing on The Only Way Is Essex

What does Gemma Collins do apart from TOWIE?

When she isn’t popping up on TOWIE and other TV shows she keeps herself busy with her clothing line, which was created with plus sized women in mind.

The Gemma Collins Collection sought to create a line which could cater for all size for all occasions.

It has been sold at outlets such as Evans and won her Best Designer at the British Plus Size Fashion Awards.

The straight-talking blonde has appeared on shows such as Loose Women

What did Gemma Collins do before TOWIE?

Gemma was born in 1981 and from an early age had a passion for being in the limelight.

She first attended the Everett Dance Academy, which later led to the Sylvia Young Theatre School when she was 14.

When she started appearing on the show she was working as a car salesperson.

Gemma has brought out her own clothing line for plus-sized women

What TV shows has she appeared on?

After she shot to fame in TOWIE, the star has featured in a host of shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Celebrity Juice, Loose Women and Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.

The star was evicted from CBB with just three days to go until the final and spent a total of 29 days in the house.

In 2014, Gemma took part in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here on ITV, but pull out after just 72 hours in the jungle for health reasons.

Also that year she made an appearance on reality diving show Splash, but was eliminated in a Splash-off with Michaela Strachan.

Gemma also starred in Sugar Free Farm early in 2017 where celebrities completely ditch sugar from their diets for two weeks.

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In 2014, Gemma took part in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here on ITV

Who has Gemma Collins dated?

Gemma famously dated her TOWIE co-star James ‘Arg’ Argent on and off throughout 2012.

She then dated car mechanic Rami Hawash, who made several appearances on TOWIE.

The pair announced their engagement on 27 December 2013, although this was broken off several weeks later.

Her love life has been a bit of a roller coaster in recent years, with the Romford-born star dating barman JJ Goodman and then revealing she had a crush on co-star Jon Clark – sending him a host of dirty text messages to make her feelings perfectly clear.

Has Gemma Collins got a designer vagina?

The Towie beauty had an intimate £2,000 procedure in March 2015, and she hasn’t looked back since, joining the likes of Danniella Westbrook and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley who had their own laser treatments.

Speaking shortly after the procedure,  Gemma said: “I actually pride myself – I’m mega-confident because I know I’ve got a designer vagina.

“It looks like something you’d see in a movie.”

“Designer vaginas are all the rage in Essex and it’s an important part of my rebranding. I’ve become a virgin again,” she joked.

The star now has “facials” on her privates, which includes steaming, scrubbing and exfoliating.

Gemma Collins flashes her cleavage at farmer on Sugar Free Farm

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