Reality TV star James Argent, 31, got a spray tan hours before taking to the English Channel to swim from Dover to Calais.
James, who recently revealed he was the “heaviest he’s ever been” earlier this year, has set out with a number of other celebrities including Wes Nelson, 22, Simon Webbe, 41, and Alex Brooker, 35, on a charity swim across the English Channel in aid of Stand Up To Cancer UK.
The TOWIE star told followers on the Channel 4 Instagram: “I’ve just had a spray tan, which I desperately, desperately needed.
“All the others are wearing wet suits and I’m wearing sexy beast Speedos so I need all the help I can get.”
He then turns the camera to a woman who waves and says: “This poor lady, Hayley, she’s had to spray tan naked Arg.”
James is swimming the Channel as part of Channel 4's Sink or Swim for Stand Up To Cancer.
He later shared a video of himself and Alex Brooker sitting in a van just before changing into his Speedos to do the swim.
In the video James said: “Guys, the time has finally come. We’re at Dover, we’re on our way to the sea and today we’re gonna be swimming from Dover to Callais, the English Channel – 21 miles but, God knows what it’s gonna be with the current.
“We just wanna say thank you to everyone for all your love and support, messages and wishes. We’re not gonna let any of you down, we’re gonna do this for Stand Up To Cancer.”
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Alex, who is sat next to James on the video, then joked: “Also, thank you to whoever gave him the spray tan greatest spray tan of all time.”
James laughed and added: “I’ve had a spray tan, I’m wearing Speedos not a wet suit I need all the help I can get.”
Arg then wrote in his caption: “We’re at Dover & about to take on this epic challenge of swimming #theenglishchannel for @su2cuk.
“We have done everything we could to prepare for this over the last 12 weeks. I’m nervous & quite scared but failure is not an option, I won’t let anyone down! By hook or by crook we will make it to France. Thank you for all your positivity & messages of Support! Lots of love, Arg.”
Celebrity friends then sent Arg and the group messages of support in the comments of his post.
Arg’s on-off girlfriend, Gemma, said: “Take your team to France,” with two hearts and a French flag emoji.
Scarlett Moffatt added: “Good luck xx.” And Olympian Rebecca Adlington said: “Good luck guys.”
The celebrities have since set out on their epic mission to swim the Channel. James first announced his bid to take part in the challenge in July. Sharing a video of himself swimming in a pool, Arg wrote in the caption: “I’m very proud to finally reveal I will be SWIMMING THE CHANNEL in aid of @su2cuk.
“My grandad died of Prostate Cancer when I was in my teens, I’m doing this in honour of him & to raise awareness. It’s also a great chance for me to kickstart my healthy lifestyle & weight loss journey!
“I know most people will think I will fail & not do it but I will prove those doubters wrong just like I did with the Marathon. I won’t let myself or anyone down. I’m working so hard in order to pass the medical & assessment before I even take on this massive challenge x.”
Arg has since unveiled his impressive weight loss and announced he has passed the fitness test to be able to take part. After finding out he had passed the test to swim The Channel, Arg said: “IVE PASSED THE ASSESSMENT!!! In under 10 days I will be swimming. #theenglishchannel in aid of @su2cuk.” [sic]
Since taking part in the gigantic mission, Arg has candidly opened up about his weight battles. Sharing an old photograph of himself as a child, Arg said: “When I was a child there was nothing I loved more then getting in the sea or the swimming pool but as I got older I completely lost my confidence.
“I’ve been up & down in weight since my teens, At the start of this epic challenge I was the heaviest & unfittest I’ve ever been.
James continued: “I hadn’t done a bit of exercise for months & I really struggled at the beginning. I’ve managed to stick at it & turn it around through #hardwork #dedication #commitment.” [sic]
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