The other side of Lara
The Sydney model will be a pioneer in Aussie celebreality, writes
LARA Bingle looks forward to showing Australians she has ‘‘another side’’ when her television series Being Lara Bingle debuts.
‘‘It will be nice to show people what I love and more about who I am rather than what car I drive and who I am dating,’’ she says.
Bingle was a fresh-faced teenager when she was plucked from obscurity to stroll along a beach and ask ‘‘where the bloody hell are you?’’ in a 2006 ad for Tourism Australia.
Now 24, the Sydney model has graced the covers of glossy magazines, cameoed in Home and Away and competed in the 2011 series of Dancing with the Stars.
The former fiancee of Australian cricket captain Michael Clark says she does not court drama but it does tend to unfold around her. ‘‘I am quite a shy person,’’ she says. ‘‘I am very normal – living in this crazy world.
‘‘There is no shortage of content in the show. I am living and doing what I love.’’
She puts her trust in the show’s producers and doesn’t worry too much about how people perceive her or how she is portrayed.
‘‘I don’t live my life trying to change people’s opinions, I just live it. I think that’s why I can have a show like this,’’ she says.
Celebreality shows are a dime a dozen overseas. The Osbournes, Gene Simmons, Hulk Hogan and the Kardashian sisters are just a few who have starred in their own shows.
Bingle, the first Australian to attempt the format considers herself a ‘‘guinea pig’’. Others who follow include Dr Geoffrey Edelstein’s wife Brynne in My Bedazzled Life for Channel 7. ‘‘I take a lot of risks,’’ says Bingle. ‘‘I was initially very apprehensive (to do the show). There is a lot of interest for people to have one (a TV show).’’
Being Lara Bingle sends cameras to follow the Sydney-based model and socialite while she works and plays.
Regulars who appear in the 10-parter include Bingle’s best friend and manager Hermione Underwood, her mother Sharon and brother Joshua.
One person close to Bingle who won’t appear on the show is her current beau Gareth Moody, founder of designer labels Ksubi and Chronicles Of Never.
‘‘I have been with him for a while; he’s not on the show. He’s not like that, he’s a private person,’’ she says.
‘‘He supports me from the sidelines.’’
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