Sam Faiers: 'I pull out my eyelashes'
'The Only Way is Essex' beauty Sam Faiers suffers from trichotillomania, which means she has no eyelashes because she pulls them all out.
Sam Faiers suffers from a condition which makes her pull out her eyelashes.
The 'Only Way is Essex' beauty - who is renowned for her glamorous look - has suffered from trichotillomania since a child, and has to wear multiple pairs of false eyelashes because she has none left of her own.
She said: "The all important thing for an Essex girl is false eyelashes. I normally wear two pairs to get a really thick, dramatic look.
"But for me false eyelashes are especially important because I suffer from trichotillomania, which means I pull my eyelashes out. That sounds weird, I know!
"Although not many people know it, I don't actually have any eyelashes at all."
Sam - who has previously dated Joey Essex and Mark Wright on the show - does not know how the problem started but believes it comes from bouts of nervousness.
She told The Sun: "It is hard to explain. I do it without thinking. I do it when I am nervous or bored or even when I am asleep. I don't even realise when I am doing it.
"I can't remember who it was, but they said to me that if you find a stray eyelash and blow the lash away and make a wish, it will come true. I think I decided the more I did that, the more chance my wish had of coming true."