Former model and TV presenter Gail Porter has pulled out of the reality show at the last minute and in her place will be Playboy bunny Kayla Collins.
Porter made headlines in 2005 when her battles with stress, drugs and postpartum depression triggered alopecia, a condition which causes sufferers to lose their hair. A role model for many others who have also lost their hair, she is also the ambassador for the Little Princess Trust Fund, which helps children suffering from hair loss.
So what could Gail Porter and Playboy bunny Kayla Collins possibly share in common, one might wonder? Well, they have both graced many a glossy spread in the buff. Porter stripped down for a number of men’s magazines in the 1990s, and a lot of readers will remember her FHM shoot where she was pictured totally naked from behind. That image was projected onto the Houses of Parliament, with a message enouraging people to vote for her in the FHM Top Hundred Sexiest Women Poll.
Fast forward about two decades and Collins is also making a name for herself for going bare as Payboy Playmate of the month in August 2008. The model, who describes herself as “goofy and fun” will be showing off her body in the jungle in a number of skimpy bikinis to promote her swim wear range, reports Daily Mail, and when asked about how she will cope with the bug-related food challenges, the 23-year-old said: “If I have to eat anything I am more than likely to trow it up. I have a really weak stomach.”
“I know I am going to be starving in the jungle,“ the model said. “I love eating a lot. This is going to be hard for me and I don’t actually want to lose any weight.”
While Kayla and the rest of the celebrity team find themselves thrust into one squeamish situation after the next, 39-year-old Porter, who according to reports simply didn’t have enough time to appear on the show, will be watching the series from the comfort of her couch with her boyfriend and daughter.
The tenth series of the ITV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here will start on Sunday night.
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