It’s 10 years since Gemma Collins burst onto our screens as a brash used car saleswoman in The Only Way Is Essex.
The GC – who turns 40 today – already had a penchant for the finer things in life, splashing her cash on designer bags and a TOWIE regulation tan.
But a decade on and Gemma looks dramatically different to the Essex diva who first joined the show.
From lipo to Botox, fillers and surgery on her vagina, she hasn’t held back when it has come to tweaking her look.
After loosing three stone last year, she opted to have the fat below her chin dissolved using a specialist treatment.
Hitting back at claims she’d been using filters, the Diva Forever star told fans: “There’s been a few comments recently about filters, but I have been having some amazing face treatments done – moisturising, skin tightening, I had a little injection in my chin to take some fat out of my chin.
“I have just been looking after myself a lot recently, and loving myself, and I’m a queen at the end of the day.”
The procedure – thought to cost around £350 – was the latest in a long line of changes Gemma has made to her appearance.
In 2018 she underwent a form of liposuction on her neck and cheekbones to eliminate fat cells.
“Amazing treatment with @newcontours4u,” she told her curious fans.
“Non-surgical face lifting and fat freezing.”
And during a trip to Los Angeles, where she met with the Kardashians’ favourite surgeon Simon Ourian, Gemma is said to have come up with a wish-list of procedures including an arm, thigh and bum lift and skin tightening on her stomach.
And a surgeon at MYA Cosmetic Surgery told The Mirror he believes the GC has also had a generous dose of Botox and fillers.
“Looking at images of Gemma, it is possible that she has had the non-surgical treatment of Dermal fillers to her cheeks often referred to as ‘cheek fillers,'” a spokesperson said.
“Dermal fillers can be used in this area to re-introduce structure and volume along the cheekbone just like in Gemma’s case.
“The procedure replaces soft tissue whilst filling in wrinkles/skin folds.
The surgeon added: “I believe that Gemma may have undergone the non-surgical treatment of fillers to her lips as she appears to have fuller lips compared to previous images – especially when smiling.
“The provider has ensured her lips still appear natural and in proportion to her facial features.
“I would also suggest that Gemma has had anti-wrinkle injections, often referred to as Botox, to her forehead and around her eyes (crow’s feet).
“This non-surgical treatment will create a smooth forehead and limit any frown/expression lines.
Last year, Cheshire-based skin clinic Skulpt revealed what Gemma had been in for a filler top-up, confirming: “Gemma had filler in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, chin, arionettes & tear troughs.”
On top of that, the star has admitted to having hyaluronic acid treatments injected into her face and body to rid her of wrinkles.
“I have Profhilo injected into my hands to keep your hands looking young, it gets rids of any lines or anything you’re gonna see,” she revealed, insisting the process ‘is not dangerous’.
She added: “At 21-years-old your body stops producing natural collagen. This is only collagen going into the skin, it’s not rat poison going into the skin.
“The older I’m getting, the younger I’m gonna look, I’m going to age reverse myself, and I just want to spread the word to people how you can do it.”
Furthermore, the GC even forked out £2,000 for designer vagina surgery – insisting the procedure boosted her confidence and made her feel like a film star.
“I actually pride myself, I’m mega-confident, because I know I’ve got a designer vagina,” she told co-star Bobby Norris during a painful bikini wax.
“I’ve never told you this, but I paid £2,000 and my vagina is perfect now,” she continued, bragging: “It looks like something you see in a movie.”
Gemma has also been on a drastic weight loss journey, turning to brutal boot camps and juice cleanses in a bid to lose three stone.
As a teenager Gemma was a slim size 10, but a series of heartbreaks battered her confidence and sent her eating spiralling out of control.
“Every time I felt an emotion I would eat to block it. Food gave me a high,” she wrote in her 2013 autobiography, Basically… My Life As An Essex Girl.
“I had always been slim so I never felt guilty,” she explained, admitting she would think nothing of eating three chocolate bars in a row followed by two burgers from McDonalds.
“I started to fixate about food. It became a focus away from the grim reality of my situation. I would think about it from the minute I woke up to the minute I went to bed. I had low self-esteem. I was suffering and without realising I morphed into a bigger person,” she said.
Within a year she went from a svelte 11st to a size 18 and weighed more than 17st.
Desperate to shift the pounds, she tried everything she could to slim down, including The Cambridge Diet, the Dunkan Diet, the Cabbage Soup Diet.
In 2011 she dropped three stone after joining a boot camp, but the weight crept back on and in 2015 she tried hypnotherapy and headed to Jason Vale’s Juicy Oasis retreat in Portugal – losing three stone by consuming nothing but liquids for four weeks.
Meanwhile, Gemma was devastated in 2017 when doctors warned that her egg count was low, making it harder for her to fall pregnant.
Determined to get in shape and increase her chances, she signed up for Dancing On Ice and shifted her focus to healthy living, dropping three stone in the process.
Gemma even enlisted the help of fitness trainer Vicky Young to help her get the body of her dreams.
Dishing on Gemma’s regime, Vicky told new! Magazine booze was restricted, as were carbs after 6pm
“We’re doing no sugar and low carbs. This way she’s still eating loads of stuff, but it’s healthy stuff,” she said.
“For breakfast she’ll have poached eggs, avocado, tomatoes on sourdough, then lunch will be a big salad with kale, peppers and avocado, with either chicken or tuna steak.
“For dinner, I make her vegetarian curries, or sometimes it’s chicken and halloumi kebabs with peppers on a skewer with tzatziki salad.”