Best Selfie: How a humble Instagram account turn Carla from Bankstown into an Australian celebrity


In 9Honey’s weekly collection Best Selfie, we current stars with previous photographs from their Instagram feed to see how they react. Anticipate recollections of pleasure, heartbreak and insecurities, all retold by way of the lens of time.

Benjahmin James is a 28-year-old retail employee from Sydney’s Western Suburbs who created the comedic drag queen character ‘Carla from Bankstown’.

Carla’s fame escalated when she created a collection of movies wherein she acted because the “over it” secretary to former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Her attraction is broad, as her high-profile celebrity followers embody Kyle Sandilands, Julia Morris and Tracey Grimshaw. Her 60,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok mixed have garnered over 250,000 views of her hilarious movies.

However it was Carla’s first-ever Instagram submit that had her gushing.

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Carla from Bankstown’s first Instagram submit as seen on Best Selfie. (Instagram)

“Look at that five o’clock shadow and the beard!” she mentioned.

“Thank god I got a new waxer”.

Carla’s self-appointed position of ‘secretary’ to Berejiklian – or as she says, ‘Butter Rooster’ – was a hit on each Instagram and TikTok, and catapulted Carla to the standing of considered one of Australia’s favorite celebrities.

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Carla from Bankstown as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s secretary, as seen on Best Selfie. (Instagram)

“I feel like that was filmed yesterday, but it was two years ago,” she says, describing a picture from one of many skits,

“Now everyone knows who I am”.

From ‘working’ in Berejiklian’s workplace to being coated by Tracy Grimshaw on A Present Affair, Carla’s star was on the rise.

However a shock name from Lord Sugar led Carla to her greatest break but, showing as a part of the forged of Channel 9’s Celebrity Apprentice.

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“Being on that show was like.. I don’t even remember. I don’t know nothin’ bro”, says Carla (Instagram)

Throughout Carla’s time on the present, she raised Money for Twenty10, a Sydney-based service working throughout New South Wales to supply a broad vary of specialized companies for younger folks 12-25 together with housing, psychological well being, counselling and social help.

Carla’s alter ego, Benjahmin, had a tough time in class and was topic to relentless bullying. The character was the outlet created to embody the energy and resilience he wished he had on the time.

He hopes to encourage others who’ve been by way of related experiences to embrace their genuine self by way of a new podcast, hosted by each Carla and Benjahmin.

“I just thought to myself, how can I put myself out there more? I feel like a talk show host. I feel like Dr Phil, like Ellen.”

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Carla from Bankstown with Benjahmin James, selling their new podcast. (Instagram)

And this self-started perspective is an essential lesson Carla desires to share.

“Anyone that’s out there that’s feeling like they don’t know what to do with their lives, once you put your mind to anything: you can do it,” she tells 9Honey.

“I wanted to be a reality TV star and be hot, and look at me now. I’ve gone from Shrek to Princess Fiona”

Watch Carla from Bankstown’s full response within the full episode of Best Selfie within the video above.

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