Binky Felstead: 'I landed MIC job after seeing my producer's vajazzle'
Binky Felstead landed her role on Made in Chelsea after asking to see the show's producer's "vajazzle".
The reality television star, real name Alexandra, has been an important part of the programme since it started back in 2011. But she has revealed just how she was cast on the E4 show - admitting it came after a somewhat raunchy encounter with the series' executive producer Sarah Dillistone, nicknamed Dilli.
Speaking at the BAFTA: Made In Chelsea Masterclass on Tuesday night (19Jan16), Binky told the audience: "We went out a few times with Dilli and some of the producers and they were so nice and easy to get on with and normal.
"I knew Dili did The Only Way is Essex and I wanted to see if she had a vajazzle (a scattering of diamonds on a lady's nether regions). I said, 'OK she's let me pull her pants down I'm definitely gonna do this show.' What a cool boss!"
Binky also revealed she had pitched several ideas for the show's title, after it's original name of Chelsea Girls was cut.
"I wanted Bright Young Things but then half of us aren't bright," she laughed.
The 25-year-old was joined by co-stars including Ollie Locke at the BAFTA event.
Following Binky's lighthearted confession, things took a more serious turn when Ollie spoke about the scenes he filmed on the show where he came out. Fans will remember Ollie telling then-girlfriend Gabriella Ellis that he was bisexual and needed some time to get to terms with his sexuality. But Ollie admits the original scenes were very different, and saw him breaking down as he spoke to his mother in London's Hyde park.
The footage wasn't used, however, due to problems in Ollie's family, with his mum asking producers not to air it because his grandmother didn't know about his sexuality and would jump to the wrong conclusions.
"It was so, so, so serious at the time. It was a really difficult situation," Ollie said. "It wasn't anything to do with me coming out. My uncle died of AIDS in the '80s and it was Granny's situation.
"It was Granny, she didn't know. She associated gay and AIDS together as you would if you were 80-something and lived through that era."
Producers then decided to go with footage of Ollie telling Gabriella, with Sarah adding it was most important for Ollie to be happy with the scene.
"There's other ways of telling stories. There's always other reactions and other people's opinions so there was another way to tell the show," she said.
- Cover Media