It's ladies first for the Big Brother starlets

Big Brother 8 kicked off last night with an all-girl house - including the reality show's first identical twins.

Big Brother 8 kicked off last night with an all-girl house - including the reality show's first identical twins.

Barbie-loving blondes Sam and Amanda are among the 11 female contestants.

They are joined by Posh Spice wannabe Chanelle, pink-haired raver Tracey and Tory student Emily.

Women's Institute member and former Cambridge don Lesley is the oldest ever housemate at 60.

Former lap dancer Charley is the cousin of Manchester United star Kieran Richardson.

Nicky started life in a Mother Teresa orphanage in Mumbai, India, before being adopted and moving to Watford.

Carole is a life-long political protester and member of George Galloway's anti-war Respect Party.

The line-up is completed by receptionist Shabnam and a nanny called Laura who is nicknamed "Wangers" because of her large breasts and who dreams of owning a funeral parlour.

The housemates looked horrified as it slowly dawned that they had entered a man-free zone. But Big Brother will introduce a hunky male contestant tomorrow.

Davina McCall kicked off the live launch show from Elstree studios.

The 14-week series began with a televised apology over the Celebrity Big Brother race row.

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