TOWIE star Gemma Collins tweets old photos of her in a bikini
23:04 GMT, 13 January 2013
01:05 GMT, 14 January 2013
Since joining the cast of The Only Way Is Essex two years ago, Gemma Collins has been open about her battle with her weight.
And after recently revealing she is taking herbal slimming pills to control her appetite, it appears the reality star has been fondly remembering her slimmer youth.
The former car saleswoman, 31, posted two Twitter photos of her taken in the late teens/early 20s when she was significantly thinner than she is now.
Golden girl: Gemma Collins as a slimmer young woman in an old photo published on her Twitter page
In one photo taken in an office, the confident young woman is seen pouting in red lipstick while wearing a gold satin strapless bra and matching knickers.
And in a second image, she looks dressed as a naughty angel in a skimpy white ensemble and tinsel halo.
She wrote: ‘Can’t believe how slim I used to be looking through old pics…
Comfortable with her curves: Gemma at the ITV studios on January 3
‘Always an angel #not.’
The candid shots come after Gemma admitted she was trying to slim down again after years of yo-yo dieting.
She told Now magazine: ‘I’m taking herbal slimming pills at the moment.. They help control my appetite.’
Gemma admitted she started to pile on the pounds about seven years ago after splitting from her long-term boyfriend and suffering from a miscarriage within a few weeks of each other.
Angelic: Gemma wore a skimpy white ensemble as she dressed as a naughty angel
However over the past two years, TOWIE viewers have watched her try various diets and enroll at Boot Camp in a bid to shift the pounds.
Gemma said she was briefly a size 14, but being smaller didn’t make her content.
She said: ‘I went down to a size 14. But was I happy at the end of it? No. It zapped the personality out of me.’
Although the 5ft 9in star hasn’t declared her current weight, at her largest she has been size 20 and weighed 17 and a half stone.