Gemma Collins isn"t shy about flashing her Spanx on TOWIE set

Secret slimming weapon: Gemma Collins isn't shy about flashing her Spanx on TOWIE set

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14:54 GMT, 19 April 2012

They are the secret slimmer used by many women to create a streamlined silhouette and take a few inches off the waist.

But while most wearers keep Spanx a closely-guarded secret, outspoken Gemma Collins was more than happy to let crew on The Only Way Is Essex see her slimming underwear.

The blonde bombshell unashamedly lifted up her dress to allow a male crewmember to fit a microphone to her during filming of TOWIE today.

Secret Spanx: Gemma Collins revealed her waistline-slimming underwear while being fitted for a microphone during filming for TOWIE today

Secret Spanx: Gemma Collins revealed her waistline-slimming underwear while being fitted for a microphone during filming for TOWIE today

The 30-year-old reality star wore a nude-coloured skirt beneath her bright frock to cinch her midriff and hips in.

Gemma later stepped outside for a break in between filming on the ITV2 show, removing her heels in favour of pink flip-flops.

Miss Collins looked a little downcast as she took her break, perhaps due to her current relationship woes.

On last night's episode, fans watched Gemma bemoan the fact that her six-week relationship with Charlie is yet to turn physical.

Tight and bright: The reality star wore a figure-hugging patterned dress and flip flops while she took a break from filming

Tight and bright: The reality star wore a figure-hugging patterned dress and flip flops while she took a break from filming

Tight and bright: The reality star wore a figure-hugging patterned dress and flip flops while she took a break from filming

Confronting her shy boyfriend, Gemma said: 'I'll be patient with you but its random behaviour, it's bizarre to me, a man wants to touch you, feel you, slap your a**e. I've not had sex for a whole year.'

She added: 'Sex makes you a couple. I've not seen it yet, you might have something wrong with it.

'I woke up and you had a b**** poking me in the back but you need to poke it in my front.'

Romance woes: Gemma is having problems in her relationship with Charlie on TOWIE

Romance woes: Gemma is having problems in her relationship with Charlie on TOWIE

While Gemma and Charlie romance may be stalling, another is blossoming.

Her co-stars Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment were spotted enjoying a date in Essex today, and were caught looking increasingly cosy and amorous as they sipped on wine.

Fans will have to watch the next episode to see if Gemma and Charlie can go the distance, and if Jessica and Ricky will be Essex's hottest new couple.

New love: Ricky Raymant and Jessica Wright were pictured out on a date in Essex

New love: Ricky Raymant and Jessica Wright were pictured out on a date in Essex