Paul Broben

Big chance for Jade to shine

BALLINA blonde Jade Albany has gone from hippy to Big Brother housemate, in a full circle transformation that began as a child growing up without a TV.

Born in France, Jade moved to the Northern Rivers when she was four and grew up living the alternative lifestyle with her mother Jo.

From her early Steiner education at Byron Bay's Periwinkle preschool, to living in a tepee, the 23-year-old, who works at Ballina's Rous Hotel, has also walked catwalks in Milan, Spain, Africaand New York as a model.

"We didn't have a television and we grew all our own veggies in a massive organic veggie patch...we even lived in a tepee for a while," Jo said.

"Given her upbringing I don't think I would have predicted she'd become a Big Brother housemate, but apparently when we used to go visit her aunty Kristine in Sydney, she and her cousins used to sneak out when the parents were asleep and watch Big Brother," she said.

"They even made a pact that they would both be on it when they got older."

Ms Albany said she had never watched Big Brother before Jade, who has aspirations to become an actor, entered the reality TV show.

"Watching Big Brother is like walking in a parallel universe because it's completely against everything I've ever thought was important, and now I'm totally addicted to Big Brother because I miss her so much."

Skennars Head local Katie Power said her cousin was being her genuine, honest self on Big Brother.

"I think she'll do really well because she's got a lot of contacts from her job at the Rous Hotel in Ballina," she said.

After the latest round of nominations, Jade is up for eviction on Wednesday against lawyer Madaline and personal trainer Boog.



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