Gemma Collins is almost unrecognisable in first ever TV appearance on reality series Snobs at the age of 18

GEMMA Collins was almost unrecognisable in her first ever TV appearance on reality series Snobs at the age of 18.

The star looked a world away from when she shot to fame on Towie.

Gemma  looked sweet and demure in a simple black denim dress on a TV show back when she was just 18.

She kept her hair sleek and straight and wore very little make-up showing off her natural beauty.

The reality TV queen looked nothing like she does today after her very glamourous make-over.

The GC, now 40, is famed for her big hair and Hollywood make-up, complete with Kim Kardashian style contouring.

Meanwhile Gemma revealed that her dad gives her a £3,000 a month allowance after she spent £50,000 in just TWO MONTHS when in charge of her own finances.

Shemade the shock confession on tonight's Piers Morgan's Life Stories, where she astounded the host with her lavish lifestyle.

Early on in the interview, the self-proclaimed diva admitted that she earned a million through The Only Way Is Essex alone – and that she bagged £75,000 in one day through Instagram posts.

But her parents began to worry that the cash would end up being easy come, easy go after picking up on their daughter's expensive taste.

Gemma told Piers: "I'm a spender – my dad wrote me up as an absolute disgrace, I'd spent £50,000 in two months up in Knightsbridge.

"It was £1,000 a day over the cause of two months, but I was going through a bit of a hard time."

She confessed: "I felt disgusted in myself; I went absolutely crazy in Gucci – shoes, bags, coats- I was staying in the Dorchester more or less every night of the week, £600 a pop, and I was wining and dining in there.

"I got absolutely massive, I could barely walk – it was kind of like self destruction in a way, and I'm pleased that my dad took my card off me as I am telling you now I'd have ended up in trouble."

Gemma went on to tell Piers that her dad controls "everything", but she asks for extra money if she is going on holiday or on a shopping trip to London, fearing that her card will be declined.

Admitting that it had been declined in Gucci before, she explained: "I get a budget, I get an allowance each month – only £3,000.

"If it were down to me I'd be driving around in a Bentley, I'd probably move into the Dorchester but that's not allowed or accepted and I'm really pleased. It keeps me grounded."

Gemma's mum and dad, Joan and Alan, were proudly watching the interview in the live studio audience, and the star told Piers that she didn't have a spoilt childhood – but it was happy, and she credited her dad for her work ethic.

She shared: "There was no money but we had a really lovely childhood, I can remember having my first big birthday party at the Little Chef and really thinking that was a posh restaurant.

 

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