The Apprentice EXCLUSIVE: Runner-up Camilla Ainsworth is determined to ‘set the facts straight’

She lost out on the £250k injection from Lord Sugar to swimwear designer Sian Gabbidon during Sunday night’s episode.

And, before the final of The Apprentice aired, runner-up Camilla Ainsworth, 22, spoke to MailOnline about shaking off the notion that she has been helped to build her Nut Milk business, M+lk Plus, by her father.    

During the tense finale, Sian and Camilla once again let rip, with scathing comments bashing their businesses thrown across the boardroom at each other. 

So close: Camilla Ainsworth lost out on the £250k injection from Lord Sugar to swimwear designer Sian Gabbidon during Sunday night's The Apprentice

So close: Camilla Ainsworth lost out on the £250k injection from Lord Sugar to swimwear designer Sian Gabbidon during Sunday night's The Apprentice

So close: Camilla Ainsworth lost out on the £250k injection from Lord Sugar to swimwear designer Sian Gabbidon during Sunday night’s The Apprentice

In a previous episode, Sian referenced the kitchen which Camilla works from at her parents’ home, insinuating that the set-up had be ‘built for her,’ and contrasted it to what Sian labels her own ‘working class roots.’ 

Sian revealed to MailOnline that she is determined to ‘shake off’ the ‘privileged’ label which she has acquired.

She said: ‘That was something that hit home a little bit. And I know in that scenario that nothing was meant to be overly personal, because it’s business.

‘For me that was quite hard, because I know my story and I know I’ve not had anything handed to me. And I think that’s put a label on me that I want to shake off.

Hitting back: Before the final aired, the runner-up, 22, spoke to MailOnline about shaking off the notion that she has been helped to build her Nut Milk business, M+lk Plus, by her father

Hitting back: Before the final aired, the runner-up, 22, spoke to MailOnline about shaking off the notion that she has been helped to build her Nut Milk business, M+lk Plus, by her father

Hitting back: Before the final aired, the runner-up, 22, spoke to MailOnline about shaking off the notion that she has been helped to build her Nut Milk business, M+lk Plus, by her father

Ouch: During the tense finale, Sian and Camilla once again let rip, with scathing comments bashing their businesses thrown across the boardroom at each other

Ouch: During the tense finale, Sian and Camilla once again let rip, with scathing comments bashing their businesses thrown across the boardroom at each other

Ouch: During the tense finale, Sian and Camilla once again let rip, with scathing comments bashing their businesses thrown across the boardroom at each other

‘If anyone had met my dad they’d know he raised two daughters by himself and worked very hard. But, he’s not helped me with my business at all.

‘Just because we’ve got one spare room it doesn’t mean that we’ve got a mansion that I’ve been given for nothing.’

Luckily, the blonde beauty was unfazed by what happened in the boardroom, and claimed she has ‘no hard feelings’ towards Sian. 

‘But, I don’t take anything personally. It’s just important to set the facts straight.

‘There was a lot at stake. £250k isn’t pocket change. And I think with me and Sian we’re both mature enough to leave that boardroom, and leave everything behind after that. So, no hard feelings what so ever for either of us.’    

Fiery: In a previous episode, Sian referenced the kitchen which Camilla works from at her parents' home, insinuating that the set-up had be 'built for her'

Fiery: In a previous episode, Sian referenced the kitchen which Camilla works from at her parents' home, insinuating that the set-up had be 'built for her'

Fiery: In a previous episode, Sian referenced the kitchen which Camilla works from at her parents’ home, insinuating that the set-up had be ‘built for her’

During her time on the show, Camilla’s close bond with third placed Daniel Elahi was clear for all to see.

They were very flirtatious and During Sunday’s final, the Nut Milk entrepreneur picked Daniel first to help form her final team, but Camilla claims they’re ‘just friends’.

She said: ‘I’ve got quite ‘boy banter’ and I think me and Daniel had that going, but he’s always been in the friend-zone from the start.

‘I just think we got on so well because our products were quite similar, so there was definite synergy there.

‘For me it was nice to have a mate there who I genuinely felt had my back. That’s why I picked him first, because I knew that he wanted me to win if it wasn’t him.

Oh my! Despite Camilla Ainsworth's insistence that her branding is not 'sexual', she has been slammed by The Apprentice fans for her 'provocative' branding

Oh my! Despite Camilla Ainsworth's insistence that her branding is not 'sexual', she has been slammed by The Apprentice fans for her 'provocative' branding

Oh my! Despite Camilla Ainsworth's insistence that her branding is not 'sexual', she has been slammed by The Apprentice fans for her 'provocative' branding

Oh my! Despite Camilla Ainsworth's insistence that her branding is not 'sexual', she has been slammed by The Apprentice fans for her 'provocative' branding

Oh my! Despite Camilla Ainsworth’s insistence that her branding is not ‘sexual’, she has been slammed by The Apprentice fans for her ‘provocative’ branding

‘I’ve made a friend for like there, but he’s definitely in the friend zone.’   

Camilla also addressed the backlash she’s had on social media to THAT provocative image, admitting it was ‘frustrating’ to have that brought into the show.

During the interview episode, in a chat with one of Lord Sugar’s notoriously harsh aides Claudine Collins, Camilla was faced with an image in her branding – of a woman’s lips covered in white liquid with a nut between her teeth.

After the episode aired, the fledgling entrepreneur was slammed on social media for the ‘provocative’ and ‘shocking’ branding, but Camilla explained she was just as shocked to be confronted with the image, claiming it was an old image and wasn’t part of her business plan.

Responding to the backlash, Camilla explained: ‘The imagery. That was one picture that I used ages ago. It’s not on my website now, it’s not used at all. So, it’s a big frustrating for that to be honed in on.’ 

Moving on: Luckily, the blonde beauty was unfazed by what happened in the boardroom, and claimed she has 'no hard feelings' towards Sian

Moving on: Luckily, the blonde beauty was unfazed by what happened in the boardroom, and claimed she has 'no hard feelings' towards Sian

Moving on: Luckily, the blonde beauty was unfazed by what happened in the boardroom, and claimed she has ‘no hard feelings’ towards Sian

Despite making it to the final, Camilla lost out to Sian at the last hurdle, and revealed why she thinks she wasn’t chosen to be Lord Sugar’s business partner. 

She mused: ‘It’s difficult to pinpoint why I didn’t win. It could be down to the fact that Sian’s been running her business for four years, and I’m in my infancy.

‘It’s just been my one-year anniversary of setting up the company. Maybe that’s why Lord Sugar viewed me as more of a risk. Whereas I saw it as an opportunity to mould the business together.

‘Obviously it would have been an amazing thing to have won, but to make the final two is a huge achievement in itself, and it’s an amazing platform for me to launch my product from. 

Final two: Despite making it to the final, Camilla lost out to Sian at the last hurdle, and revealed why she thinks she wasn't chosen to be Lord Sugar's business partner

Final two: Despite making it to the final, Camilla lost out to Sian at the last hurdle, and revealed why she thinks she wasn't chosen to be Lord Sugar's business partner

Final two: Despite making it to the final, Camilla lost out to Sian at the last hurdle, and revealed why she thinks she wasn’t chosen to be Lord Sugar’s business partner

‘So, I’m feeling optimistic. I know what I need to do now to move the business forward.’   

And when it comes to the future, the Lancashire lass asserted that she is ‘optimistic’ and looking to expand into other avenues. 

She said: ‘I’ve got a physical product to sell and it’s raring to go. I’m selling units as we speak. I’ve made huge progress since what the viewers have seen.

‘I want to look and sponsoring events that are really synergistic with the brand. Race For Life, things like that. Pink branding, the empowering of women, health and well-being.

‘I’d also like to start workshops with young people to prove that age isn’t a barrier to success, and just to give them advice on how to get into business, and the logistics.’ 

The future is bright: And when it comes to the future, the Lancashire lass asserted that she is 'optimistic' and looking to expand into other avenues

The future is bright: And when it comes to the future, the Lancashire lass asserted that she is 'optimistic' and looking to expand into other avenues

The future is bright: And when it comes to the future, the Lancashire lass asserted that she is ‘optimistic’ and looking to expand into other avenues

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