GEMMA Collins dazzled in gold yesterday as she showed off her three stone weight loss in a metallic outfit.
The 39-year-old went for a fancy meal at seafood restaurant Smith’s in Ongar and she certainly looked the part.
Glam Gem wore her blonde hair in tight waves and went with heavy eyeliner for the night out.
She struck a sultry pose on a wooden staircase to show off her whole ensemble.
The GC posted on Instagram: “Hello WEEKEND 🙌🏻 I’m not gonna lie I’m ready to go out from 6pm these days I used to go out at 10/11 🙌🏻 feeling myself in my LUNA designed by ME 🙌🏻 online now thank you @smithsofongar for making the evening so special as always x 😘.”
Her look garnered plenty of praise with one supporter writing: “Looking absolutely stunning.”
Another said: “Love love love not going to lie! ❤️❤️😍.”
As a third gushed: “the outfit rocks!!!”
Gemma’s incredible transformation hasn’t been easy.
She turned to brutal diets, controversial “skinny jabs” and even a £5,000-a-week juice camp in a bid to shed the pounds.
Though the reality diva – one of The Only Way Is Essex’s best-loved stars – has always exuded confidence and body positivity no matter what her size, she’s made no secret of her “nightmare” battle with food.
She has also courageously opened up about her struggle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that made it difficult for her to lose weight after her “very slim” twenties.
In June, The GC admitted to her two million Instagram followers that bullies have “taunted” her over the years, while companies have callously said she was “too fat to promote my brand”.
In 2011, Gemma joined The Only Way Is Essex after Julie Childs, mother of Gemma’s school friend and Towie co-star Amy Childs, told producers about the then-used car saleswoman.
She was first introduced to viewers as a potential love interest for castmate Mick Norcross, but she quickly became a leading lady.
Keen to feel as confident as possible on the show at the time, she shed three stone at a weight loss bootcamp that same year, sticking solely to healthy foods and a very strict exercise regime, before showing off her slimmer figure (and dramatic brunette hair transformation) on the show.
However, that year she once more turned to food and, at her heaviest, tipped the scales at 21st.
“I’ve done every diet out there, there’s nothing I haven’t done,” she previously told Good Morning Britain.
“I was obsessed with food. And life revolved around food and eating. There was no brain space in my head for me not to think about food, it was a living nightmare.”
Gemma also entered a £5,000-a-week juice camp in Portugal.
The star lived on fruit drinks during a month-long stint at a special retreat, and was weaned off her “addiction” to fatty foods.
That same year Gemma tried hypnotherapy to shed more weight and revealed she had been hypnotised into believing she had a gastric band in a bid to stay slim.
According to Closer, she told Now! Magazine at the time: “I’ve gone from a size 22 to an 18. I had a bit of 3D lipo and saw a hypnotist called Robert Hisee, who put a hypno gastric band in me!
“Now I have four mouthfuls of food and I can’t eat any more. I feel like I can’t breathe I’m so full.”
She could have opted for a gastric band but ruled it out.
Speaking to The Sun, Gemma said: “I’m not saying I’ll get to a size 10 but I do need to lose weight. For my health I wouldn’t be bigger than I am now. I refuse to have a gastric band as easy as it would be.”
Last year, Sun Online revealed the star was on a new weight loss plan with ‘skinny jabs’, which are injections that act as an appetite suppressant.
Although Gemma has already shifted a few stone, her weight loss journey might not be over yet – as her sights are set on shedding more.
She said: “I’d be really happy if I lost six stone as that would bring me down to 12 stone and a size 16.”
But for the moment, The GC is feeling healthier than ever. And as she recently told her fans: “Your health is your wealth.”