MAFS' Ella Ding makes surprising admission about fame: 'Humbled'
Since appearing on Married At First Sight earlier this year, Ella Ding has gained over half a million followers on Instagram, launched a podcast with Domenica Calarco, and revealed plans to create her own health and wellness app.
This month the 28-year-old also announced that she is the new Australian brand ambassador for fast-fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing, succeeding fellow MAFS star Martha Kalifatidis in the role.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle about the new gig, Ella admits it’s “one of the biggest accomplishments” she’s ever achieved in her life.
“So much has happened this year and changed so quickly and I just feel really overwhelmed, in a good way,” she says.
“This kind of opportunity to be a brand ambassador for such an amazing business, brand, company, something that I've literally worn since I was a young teen, it's just so surreal. PrettyLittleThing aligns so perfectly with me because I've literally worn them for as long as I can remember.”
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As part of her partnership with the brand, Ella will be releasing her own range of fashion items that she’s handpicked and approved.
“I cannot wait for everyone to see the collection come out, which is really exciting,” she adds. “We're doing a photoshoot soon and it’s going to be amazing. I’m very excited to collab with a brand like this and it's going to be wild.
‘Grounded and humbled’
The Sit With Us host went on to share that despite the incredible opportunities that have come her way since MAFS, she still hasn’t fully adjusted to her new life of being in the public eye and dealing with fame.
“I can't say that it's really sunk in. Like, I still feel like me,” she remarks. “I feel like nothing internally has really changed, I still just feel like normal Ella and these are just all new amazing job opportunities.
“Obviously going to the Logies, that was the most surreal thing ever and walking down the red carpet and seeing all these people that I've watched on TV for years or looked up to, it’s moments like that where I’m like, ‘Wait I'm actually here, this is wild’.
“And then the podcast, being nominated at the Australian Podcast Awards, that was also surreal when that came in. We were like, ‘Oh maybe’, but we didn't expect that at all… Again, that will be a very surreal moment, but I kind of like the fact that some things don't fully sink in because I think that it keeps you grounded and humbled and I think it's kind of a good thing in ways.”
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