The other side of Lara

The Syd­ney model will be a pioneer in Aussie cele­bre­al­ity, writes

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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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Lara Bin­gle

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