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It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since the tantastic stars of TOWIE first entered our lives and while the controversial cast have long been noted for their unique sense of style, some of the show’s stars seems to have changed a lot more than others since their 2010 debuts.

From slimmed down frames to more pronounced pouts, we take a look at the ever-changing appearances of some of Essex’s best known personalities.

Gemma Collins:


Back in 2011 Gemma Collins had dark brown hair, a full fringe and a tan which could only be called abnormally orange.  Since then Gemma has taken a slightly more subtle approach to the slap and has dyed her locks to her familiar blonde shade.  Despite continued speculation that she’s followed the likes of Charlotte Crosby and had her lips plumped, Gemma still denies using fillers.    


Amy Childs:

Since finding fame on The Only Way Is Essex and It’s All About Amy model Amy Childs has become quite the businesswoman.  But while Amy’s signature style has remained relatively constant over the years, the star’s physical appearance has changed as a result of cosmetic surgery.  The 26-year-old has openly admitted to having her boobs enhanced and her lips and cheeks filled, alterations which she now claims to regret.    


Chloe Sims:

Since joining the Essex crew in 2010, Chloe Sims has had a fair bit of work done.  Aside from giving her brunette do a blonde overhaul, Chloe has openly admitted to having a boob job, bum lift and fillers to alter her physical appearance. 


Lauren Goodger:

Lauren Goodger has made one of the most dramatic TOWIE transformations in recent years as not only has the star’s frame got slimmer, her lips now look bigger than ever before.  In January this year Lauren revealed she’d dropped four stone and five dress sizes after swapping yo-yo diets for a new workout regime.  Like her former co-star Gemma Collins, Lauren denies having her lips done and instead claims her new pout is the result of a lip plumper she bought at MAC. 


Lydia Bright:


While always a fan of feminine style, boutique owner Lydia Bright has pared back her look for the better.  While once a fan high-coverage foundation and frilly dresses, the star now favours a more natural-looking complexion which goes perfectly with her soft boho dress sense.


Sam Faiers:


Former glamour model Sam Faiers has ditched the blonde bombshell look she once sported in Essex in favour of a much subtler brunette style.  The mother of one now rocks dark roots and a healthy glow as she focuses her attention on baby Paul.


Amy Childs before: Big Pictures Photo

Lydia Bright before: Getty

Sam Faiers before: ITV 2


No stranger to an eye-catching stranger, Lauren Goodger has revealed that she intends on following in the footsteps of snap-happy Kim Kardashian.

Speaking to the Mail Online, the former TOWIE cast member has said that she is keen to start a family with boyfriend Jake McLean but she also has some other plans lined up.


Wow selfie game just got strong!Making my very own mini-me at @asda Watford with their 3D printing service! #Asda #3Dprinting

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Lauren wants to release a book of her selfies in the future.

OK! Magazine writes that she is eager to follow Kim K’s lead and release a selfie book:

“Kim Kardashian did it in the US and being the selfie queen of the UK, we need a British equivalent.”

Lauren is certainly a pro at selfie taking as she posts almost daily shots of herself to share with her 500K followers on Instagram. Just this week she used her photography skills to show off a very glam (and Kim K style) black dress with a plunging neckline.


Just a lil black dress kinda day #sundaySelfie

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She also is not afraid to show off those brows which are admittedly amazing, all while she was just lounging at home. That is some serious dedication to the selfie.

It also seems that as of late Lauren is also seriously dedicated to her relationship with Jake.

The pair had a bitter break up in 2013 but it looks like they’ve come a long way since those explosive rows. Lauren has spoken about how the pair have “grown up and matured.”


Had to many giggles today #love

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She also added that, “Sometimes you do feel like you need a little break to realise you want to be with each other. It can be healthy. You come back and do it properly, and that’s what we’ve done.” 

It doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing any wedding selfies from Lauren any time soon though as she noted:

“Our plan is still to have kids first and then think about the wedding,” Lauren explained that she thinks it is a bit “old fashioned” to think you have to be married before starting a family.


There’s one more reality TV show that Gemma Collins can cross off her to-do list.

This time however it won’t be because of a much talked about appearance because one Made In Chelsea star has apparently made it very clear that she is not welcome.


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Gemma, who has just recently announced her departure from The Only Way is Essex, came under fire when Jamie Laing was interviewed by the Mirror Online.

“We won't just invite anyone to join.” The 26-year old said. He added that Gemma joining their cast was something he didn’t think would ever happen.

Also, Jaime pointed out he is not wild about reality stars who leave their shows once they become famous.

He said that ditching the show that made you famous was “the worst thing you can do.”

"You should stay loyal and true to your roots. Remember where you came from. If you are thinking of leaving then it should be a gradual transition.”

He said that he has no plans to leave MIC for now and is thankful for the show giving him his “place in the media world.”


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Jamie was also seriously unimpressed after hearing that Gemma was suspended from TOWIE following her supposed “hissy fit” while filming in Marbella.

The series regular said that “Everyone needs to stop being idiots… We should inspire young people. Keep that in mind.”

Does this mean we won’t get the chance to see the greatest reality TV series crossover of our time? It would appear that if Jamie was in control then probably not.


After four years with the ITV reality series The Only Way Is Essex, star Gemma Collins has officially called it quits.

After a dramatic time with the series, the blonde has reportedly quit the show in order to concentrate on other work. Reports are saying that she is part of the line-up for this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, which is due to begin next week.

Gemma, 34, had previously quit the show in order to join the cast of I’m A Celebrity, but after her less than enjoyable trip to the jungle she made her return to TOWIE.

Speaking to the MailOnline, a representative for Gemma has said that:

“Gemma has enjoyed her time on the show but feels the time is right to move onto new projects.”

Since the announcement Gemma has taken to twitter and has been sharing many of her fans messages of support.

Gemma, who was a car saleswoman before joining the series, has had quite a dramatic time in recent months. Earlier this year she took time away from filming for the show after bosses were less than pleased with her behaviour.

Her supposed “hissy fit” in Marbella was enough for her to step away from the cameras for a time.

Just a week ago, another cast member, Mario Falcone announced that he would be quitting the series. The Mirror reported that producers for TOWIE were supposedly preparing themselves for more departures to come at the time.

TOWIE are in a bit of a pickle at the minute – Mario Falcone's gone, Gemma's leaving; there will be more jumping ship soon,” a source has supposedly admitted.

While reports say that Gemma is being offered TV work for more money elsewhere, she herself has said:

“People offer me things all the time but I just can’t seem to leave TOWIE. And I mean massive things — I was meant to be going on Celebrity Big Brother but I turned it down because I only do things if my heart is in it.”


It certainly seems that Lauren Goodger has taken a firm break from her less-than-subtle social media feud with her former fiance, Mark Wright.

And while she's never been busier with work (and her body's never looked better), over the last couple of years her love-life has been something of a, well, roller-coaster. Not any more, however: she and her new beau Jake McLean appear to be the real deal.

Earlier this week, the reality TV star revealed that she's had his named tattooed on her wrist. Now Lauren has posted an extra special birthday message to her boyfriend on Instagram.


Happy Birthday to my soul mate

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Calling him her "soul mate" – her fans quickly then posted their messages of joy and support. 

"You look amazing and so happy," said one, adding: "You look an amazing couple and so happy." Another fan stated: "You two make such a gorgeous couple I hope you have finally found your happiness hunn xx u deserve it."

Meanwhile, a third person declared: "You totally deserve this. You look stunning smiling as well. Hope you are really happy. Your such a strong woman. Keep doing what your doing xx."

Lauren and Jake previously dated for a year from October 2012. 

In the aftermath of their split, however, they weren't on good terms. Last September on Lauren's 28th birthday, the property developer appeared to upload an intimate-looking snap of Lauren posing in a leotard.

He then captioned the image with a cruel dig: "Ahhhh happy birthday to the biggest let down I no @LaurenGoodger keep it up girl your doing great #tramp."

At least the loved-up duo have now firmly put the past behind them.  


Elliott Wright has confirmed that he will be leaving the show for good.

The cousin of Mark Wright took to Twitter to announce his imminent departure and explain that he made his decision because of a desire to pursue other business opportunities.


He also added, “I would like to thank #LimePictures and @OnlyWayIsEssex cast and crew for an amazing 2 years.. It’s been an experience I will never forget,” he tweeted.  

The announcement sparked an instant reaction from fans of the show who shared their sadness over the star’s departure.

One fan tweeted saying “absolutely devastated the hottest guy alongside @DannyO and your both gone”.

While another said “gutted, your the only reason I watch it!! All the very best with everything, going to miss you. Xx”.

Do you think the show will be the same without him? 


It looks like TOWIE may be about to lose one of its founding members.

It has been reported that Jessica Wright, one of the longest starring people on the show, is planning on leaving after the current series.

Speaking to The Sun, an insider explained that “Jess has had a great run and it has opened a lot of doors for her.”

The source went on to explain the many different career options that the 28-year-old would have available to her when she did leave the show.

“She’s got a successful swimwear collection with Ann Summers, a deal to write novels and now she’s looking at other options in television.”

“She’s always wanted to give presenting a go and has built up a good set of contacts to make it happen,” the insider revealed. “There is plenty to keep her busy.”

The ex-girlfriend of Ricky Rayment will be by no means the first person to leave the show in recent years.

Michelle Keegan’s husband and Jessica’s brother, Mark Wright, left the show in 2011 after the third season, while their cousin Elliott quit when he moved to Spain. Although that did mean an exciting appearance on the Marbella special.

Ricky Rayment has also left the show and is now dating Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson. 

We're thinking maybe Chris Pratt's HILARIOUS impression has had something to do with her decision! 



It looks like Kim Kardashian’s booty selfie has sparked up a bit of a competition among selfie lovers.

Towie stars Maria Fowler and Jasmin Walia have both tried to recreate the American socialite’s infamous snap.

While they’ve each put a lot of effort into getting the ‘perfect’ bum shot, it seems like neither Maria nor Jasmin come even close to doing what Kim K has done in the original picture – or are we wrong?