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Why Ellie Gonsalves is one to watch on Big Brother VIP

Ellie is expected to go far on the show.
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It’s only early days, but big things are expected of Ellie Gonsalves in the Big Brother house. On night one, she was already openly discussing Donald Trump with his former aide, Omarosa, while the world awaited all the juicy gossip.

Here’s why Ellie Gonsalves is one to watch on Big Brother VIP.

WATCH BELOW: Ellie Gonsalves and Omarosa chat on Big Brother VIP

A model and sometimes actress, Ellie is a Brisbane-based personality best known for her work on campaigns with the likes of L’Oreal and GUESS, and her appearance in a Super Bowl commercial.

Despite her strong following today, she comes from humble beginnings, growing up in Brisbane on acreage surrounded by her family, which gave her a love for nature and wildlife from a young age.

Ellie signed a modelling contract in 2003, at age 13. This, with a bit of hard work alongside, led to the international career she enjoys today.

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Ellie in her Big Brother VIP premiere frock. (Credit: Instagram)

Having not done a lot of local TV before, Ellie told Channel Seven what people might expect to see from her on Big Brother.

“I think people generally have a misconception about me and who I am,” she said.

“I feel like I have a persona online where I’m very proper, but I love swearing. I’m so sarcastic and goofy, and I think that’s one thing people won’t expect,” she explained.

“I’ve been preparing my whole life for this. I think, being in the industry that I’m in, you do have to be pretty ruthless and have a good head on your shoulders if you want to be successful,” Ellie told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

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Ellie at Fashion Week. (Credit: Getty)

As for what Ellie’s revealed about her time in the house, we can apparently expect to see her strike up a friendship with none other than Caitlyn Jenner, who flew over from the US for the show.

“I have so much respect for Caitlyn. For her to be living her 100 per cent genuine self, she just represents so many people out there,” Ellie said.

Last night’s episode also saw her speaking to Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former political aide to the former President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Ellie observed that when Trump became President, it was ‘like Crocodile Dundee becoming Prime Minister of Australia’, prompting Omarosa to talk more about her experiences in the White House.

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Ellie will apparently strike up a friendship with Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Instagram)

Ellie has also established herself as one to watch, as she is the current tipped winner on Sportsbet, which can usually predict the winner of a reality TV show miles in advance.

With odds at $1.78, she’s followed by Australian Survivor alum Luke Toki at $3.85, and former Big Brother contestant Danny Hayes at $6.50 – making her a strong favourite.

We’re keen to see if this betting prediction comes to fruition, however, Ellie has a lot more to come after her time on Big Brother VIP, with the launch of her clothing label, 9186 Collective, due next month.

Founded by Ellie and her long-term partner, Ross Cutts, 9186 Collective is an activewear brand that aims to ‘encourage women to be more active in ways that work for them’.

Big Brother VIP airs Monday to Wednesday, 7:30pm, on Channel Seven.

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