By ANDREA MAGRATH
Slim-fitting: Gemma Collins showed off her slimmed-down figure in a tight black dress today as she filmed scenes for The Only Way is Essex
She only had a supporting role last season, but The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins looks ready to take centre stage.
The reality star showed off a new confidence today as she filmed scenes for the new series, proudly showing off the results of her recent health overhaul in a little black dress.
The 30-year-old spent the summer in boot camp on a new fitness regime to get her size 20 figure down to a healthier size 14.
Weight loss: The reality star, pictured in May at the start of her new regime, went from a size 20 to a size 14 over the summer
She is ecstatic with the results, and took advantage of the opportunity to play dress-ups today for a party scene, arriving in a tight-fitting frock that showed off her curves.
Casual: Maria Fowler also filmed today for Jess and Carol Wright's joint birthday party, arriving with her hair in rollers
The bubbly blonde wasn't quite ready for her close-up yet, turning up to the nightclub with her hair still wrapped in a towel.
She was joined by co-stars Lauren Goodger, Maria Fowler, Sam and Billie Faiers, Joey Essex and Lauren Pope to celebrate Jessica and Carol Wright's joint birthday party.
Not ready for their close up: Sam and Billie Faiers also arrived to film but waited until they were inside to dress up
Maria and Sam both arrived with their hair in rollers before the day shoot, ensuring their hair didn't fall flat before the cameras started rolling.
Gemma revealed in her Closer column this week that she is planning on a complete image overhaul to go with her weight loss.
'I'm now thrilled to be fitting into size 14 clothes,' she wrote, 'so I've chucked out all my old stuff.
Where's the party? Lauren and Nicola Goodger arrived dresses to the nines, while Lauren Pope slummed it in Uggs
Elegant: Birthday girl Jessica Wright had to film her party during the day to fit in with the schedule
Suited and booted: Joey Essex arrived for the party
Catch up with season two of The Only Way is Essex 'Reem All About It' tonight at 9pm on ITV2 before Sunday's season three premiere.