BLOGGER/MODEL/REALITY TV PERSONALITY/INFLUENCER/ ACTRESS
100% Burmese (both parents born in Burma, country now known as Myanmar.) Chrissie however, was born and raised in (the far less exotic) county of Yorkshire, England. Doncaster to be exact! She currently resides near Leeds, West Yorkshire.
She ended up moving to West Hollywood at 20, to make her dreams of becoming an Actress/Model and TV star come true. She travelled there ALONE, (after her A Levels, which she took at Ackworth School, a prestigious private boarding school in Pontefract, West Yorkshire,) with a nothing but a suitcase in her hand.
‘I had my fingers crossed and a bundle of charm. I wasn’t remotely nervous, I had been wanting to move to LA since being 13…When I finally got to, I couldn’t have been more excited! I went on my own…’
Within THREE weeks of arriving in Los Angeles (where she attended an acting school at the TVI Actors Studio, in Sherman Oaks,) Wunna was signed up to her first agent and auditioning for almost every popular Warner Brother’s TV show, including ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ immediately after.
‘We had classes with casting directors who were literally casting shows that were currently running on TV. So they were spotting talent in class and pulling us out to audition… I was just really lucky.’
During that time she fell in love with her first husband American Actor ‘Michael Raymond James,’ who was also in the same acting class. He was pulled out of class to audition constantly, booking almost every single TV show going, yet resided in New York. Chrissie had been scouted at a coffee shop by modelling agent, that would set her Glamour Modelling career alight. Michael moved from New York, to LA to live with Chrissie and to pursue his career. Within months, he asked her to marry him.
They married at the lavish Hotel Bel Air, (even though the couple had already secretly married in a Beverly Hills registry office,) after a previous attempt to marry in Vegas, where Michael jilted Chrissie at the altar, because he wanted to ‘marry her properly.‘ They had only known each other a couple weeks, at that point.
Life then became difficult and partying became predominant in Chrissie’s world which was now being hailed as ‘Wunna land.’ She spent her evenings frolicking at some of Hollywood’s most famous haunts and with some of Hollywood’s most famous names.
‘It’s almost like a really glamourous blur of delight. It wasn’t an easy time. But I’m positive that that time, made me who I am today.’
The blog began months and months AFTER HER DIVORCE and that’s when she believes ‘Chrissie Wunna’ was born.
‘I ended up living in the shadow of a successful man who made his own dreams come true, and naturally mine dreams were left to settle by the wayside. I didn’t move all the way to Hollywood to be a wife. I wanted to use my talent and make my own life worth it. It was then when i took the reins of my own worth and with an ambitious thirst… I just went for it!’
‘I can’t believe it actually worked. But it DID.’
Every morning, after an evening of partying Chrissie would go to a bookstore, for coffee and to check out the ‘Self Help’ section of the Barnes & Noble on 3rd & La Cienega, West Hollywood.
‘It was hilarious because i’m sure all the staff thought i was an absolute lunatic, when really I just had a keen interest in learning the psychology of people, to see what made them tick….AND I also used to find out the Star signs of the boys I fancied and read books on how to seduce them according to their sign. HAHAHA! I know. LAME! 🙂 ‘
Each morning Chrissie would tell the barista ‘DK’ about the ‘on goings’ of the evening before. He was a middle aged man, who was shocked, yet delighted by her stories and after months of hearing Chrissie deliver tales about her party life, her sex life, her life in general, as she ordered her coffee, he suggested that she started a blog on Myspace…
Chrissie REFUSED to start a blog, so one evening he invited her to his apartment in West Hollywood and on Myspace (where she was already making her stance in the popularity race, as a model) he sat down and wrote her first blog for her, in his kitchen, as Chrissie dictated her day to him.
’10 years on, I’m still friends with DK to this day!’
‘I remember that evening so clearly. It was weird and made me feel very exposed, but I went with it? I remember needing to shake off a buzz that I had in my head. I even walked home at 3.30am in the morning, in the dark, on my own, under the stars, through the LA streets and i didn’t feel one bit terrified because my mind was somewhere else.’
Chrissie from that point on, wrote her blog every single day, on Myspace, without fail. She claims that her blog, has been the only thing, to this day.. that she has been disciplined enough to maintain consistently…and she has no clue why?
‘I love blogging so much, that I never ever think to give it up and always find time to value it. I have a really great relationship with life because of it.’
At the time Chrissie was living in an LA condo with a roommate at and they didn’t have internet access. So every afternoon, after she had visited the bookstore, Chrissie would walk to the Beverly Center each day and write her blog on one of the display computers at the Apple Mac store.
‘They saw me every day, but never ever said anything about me using their computer.’
Initially, only 8 people read the blog a month, not a single soul came.
‘Weirdly it didn’t bother me. I was so happy that 8 people had read it. Lol. It was just the diary of my life, not a business at that point…I loved it. I still do!’
Yet, as the Starlet ventured out more and more and wrote out her private life publicly, in diary form….‘Word of Mouth’ kicked in and before you know it, and within 3 drunken weeks…The popularity of he blog increased RAPIDLY and hundreds and hundreds of ‘Angelenos’ were tuning into ‘Wunna land’ daily.
She had an audience!
‘It was almost like being an underground socialite, who had a diary, that only the cool kids were reading. 🙂 ‘
During this time Chrissie had taken a job at her local gym, Crunch Gym on Sunset, which hosted a train of celebrities and was also working part time at a Talent agency, as well as modelling and going on auditions for current TV shows. The acting wasn’t going so well. The modelling was. She had already made a name for herself as a model and was being published in the most popular ‘gentlemens’ magazines, globally.
HOWEVER, ‘the living of life,‘ her diary….seemed to be the thing that was weirdly gripping everyone.
‘I always thought it was just because they could appear in it, if our paths had crossed? My diary isn’t just about me…It entwines my life with the lives of others..’
‘I’ve written about SO MANY PEOPLE, some of them are my close friends, some of them were simply random passings and others are really successful people, who are household names. Every person I write about is given a nickname,which is great, as they get to honour their own sense of privacy, yet still get to enjoy the story, knowing that it’s them, i’m talking about! It’s sexy!’
People began inviting Chrissie everywhere, as they knew the next morning they would appear in the blog…..
‘I wish you could look into my brain and just see what I have seen. The things that I have experienced or witnessed and heard would literally astonish you. I was being invited everywhere, to local BBQ’s, huge Hollywood ‘A list’ events, clubs, bars, restaurants…Everything from creepy swingers parties, to The Grammys. All sorts! It was a lifestyle blog with a twist.’
The blog was becoming more and more popular and almost everyone was tuning in and now starting their own blogs….
Chrissie’s work life flourished! Yet her love life was going from bad to worse, as she romanced a bundle of ‘handsomes’ almost one after the other, in a desperate quest for love.
‘I had an audience. I had such love and support. But I didn’t feel fulfilled, as i didn’t have someone/something that was just my own. I became very lost and made bad love choices out of desperation. I think i was still healing from my divorce, as Mike and I were still physically together for 4 years after, but in secret. I was travelling all over America and with a different guy, who had a different way, over and over again. I am so happy to not be 20 something anymore!’
Years passed, the blog was still going…and Chrissie ended up marrying again.
However, she ended up divorced almost immediately and in order to be closer to her parents in Yorkshire, who are BOTH Doctors, she flew back to England, after her almost a decade in Hollywood, one Christmas…and never flew back.
Everything changed and life became more normal. The blog was still going, yet she met one her old school friends in a local pub in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, who had been reading her blog from England and suggested that she stopped writing it on Myspace and gave her online diary, a home.
That was the birth of CHRISSIEWUNNA.COM
Chrissie continued to document her daily life, the ups, the downs, the fun, the laughter…It was now GLOBAL and being ready by tens of thousands, as she worked as a glamour model and covered the pages of every UK ‘Lads Magazine.’ (She had always been a model by occupation.)
It was later in 2008 when she found herself at ITV studios in Manchester, auditioning to be cast in the new ITV2 reality show ‘Paris Hiltons British Best Friend,’ after seeing an advert in the paper, and going with a friend. (She had just turned down a Reality TV show in the US, because she wanted to be near her family.)
Two weeks later, she received a call and was moving into the BBF Mansion on the TV…on ITV2….With Paris Hilton. It was that quick.
It was then when Chrissie made IMPACT.
She filmed the show for a month and no blog was posted during that time.
When she left the house, Chrissie resided in London for a while, yet returned to northern soil. She fell in love with an old school friend and fell pregnant to him, after two months of dating.
She gave birth to her daughter Ruby on Feb 24th 2011 and after appearing on the ITV2 show ‘OMG Peaches’ on her actual due date, with a Doctor on side…
Snippets that were only a few seconds long, were filmed and placed on Youtube, of the birth of her daughter.
Those videos WENT VIRAL and were watched by over Two Million viewers.
‘I looked at one video and couldn’t believe that it had over 980,000 views on it. It was NUTS! Another had around 700,000.’
It was at this point where Chrissie became the THIRD MOST Googled ‘Chrissie‘ in the entire world.
So Googled, that she ended up on The Google Blacklist.
‘I was in good company. 😉 ‘
The relationship with the father to her daughter Ruby dissolved and she found herself involved in another relationship.
After five weeks, her new beau, asked her to marry him and she said ‘Yes’ on top of Sandal castle. Their wedding was filmed for Channel 4, as Chrissie was chosen to design a new Sex Toy range for Ann Summers, that was being documented for TV and then sold in stores nationwide.
The show opened to 1.7 million viewers and Chrissie had to film the last part of the year’s filming pregnant, as on June 1st 2013, she gave birth to her son Junior.
‘I didn’t have time to film a Youtube video…He burst out of me like, the most painful rocket EVER. Lol’
That marriage also ended…and Chrissie became a single mum.
‘BECOMING A SINGLE MUM, WAS THE HARDEST YET THE MOST EMPOWERING TIME OF MY LIFE. I am everything because of my children. They changed my world, my purpose and gave me that UMPH, that I needed to make it happen. I became very strong, very quickly and from that point…I’ve been unstoppable.’
Chrissie is close to both Fathers, and they co parent Ruby and Junior ‘expectionally well.’
‘My story may not be paper perfect, yet it’s filled with a lot of love. It’s my own version of life. My own story. And if I do anything, I try to encourage people to celebrate their own existence and see the good in it!’
‘If I ever do find my true love, he will understand, accept me for my story and love Ruby, Junior and I with all of his heart!’
TODAY, this blog is read on EVERY CONTINENT of THE WORLD, translated into approx: 40 different languages daily and now with hundreds of thousands of visitors, who fancy a peek into Wunna land.
‘It’s almost like they don’t need to follow my *socials* as they just pop straight to CHRISSIEWUNNA.COM. It’s like a cyber hotel, that’s always there. You can pop in for one night, a long stay, every day with a wine, or just whenever you fancy.’
Chrissie is currently one of the most SOUGHT AFTER Lifestyle Bloggers in the UK, and is currently being hailed as the
‘UK’s Carrie Bradshaw.’
In a world, where in which all things ‘social media’ are taking the reins, Wunna is becoming one of this years rising stars as businesses and brands are catching onto her stiletto stamp, as she rightly owns her corner in Cyberland.
‘I’ve accidentally become an Influencer.’
Companies, brands, restaurants, bars, television networks, events and businesses are booking the blogger months in advance, for her to simply show up to their venue, promote their product, appear on the blog or on her ‘socials, or even have her BLOG written from the venue itself.
‘It’s been crazy. I turned ‘diary writing’ and living my actual life, into a business. I don’t know how? I guess, I just got on with it…It’s something that I did constantly for 10 years, out of enjoyment….That’s why I believe it did well….That’s why i believe it inspires people?’
‘I always say that it’s almost as if my blog, has become a written word reality show where people can simply, find me, rub shoulders with me and appear on the blog the next morning. It’s all about crossing life paths and connecting. That’s what I love about it the most. The fact that it connects people all over the world. Yet now, it’s turned into a business….and i don’t even know how i’ve done it? I just love writing out my life so much, that i’ve actually stuck to it…and it’s worked? Even before I used to type it out, I always kept a hand written diary. I wrote it every day on my condo balcony in West Hollywood.’
‘I wish to be 80 years old, the happiest soul in the world, sat in my diamond encrusted rocking chair, hopefully having found my true love and reaching for my laptop to write a blog. :)’
‘When my heart stops beating, the music will silence. But until then, i’m happy, i’m whole and I’m glad to have made a lot of people FEEL or CONNECT… along the way. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.’
Everything i’m writing about, we as Humans ALL go through. We go through it on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter what walk of life you lead, be you rich, poor, old, young, classy, trashy, happy, sad….We’re all made from the same stuff.
We’re just different versions of that ‘stuff’ and I guess the blog is working simply because it’s real and I love to tell MY story in hope to inspire…’
This blog it’s simply the story of my life.
It’s something we’re all doing every day. Billions of us.
This is just my version of it…
‘I mean, even before I began blogging on Myspace, over a decade ago in LA, and I had my hand written diary, I’d get pissed off, because i’d accidentally leave it at supermarkets and shit like that! Lol. I remember just writing away endlessly in my diary because I loved it. I’d be telling all my secrets to myself, in this diary and then because I carried it everywhere with me, I’d end up leaving it at the supermarket cashier by accident! I’m so glad, it finally went online! Lol.
*Old school* is good, yet turning something *old school* like ‘diary writing’ and making it modern….IS SO MUCH BETTER!’ I’ve made keeping an online diary cool.’
‘I never ever thought that a decade on…I’d be where I am today with global brands and businesses tapping at my inbox…and it’s only seems like the beginning?’
However, Chrissie always states that chrissiewunna.com REALLY IS JUST the story of her life and not a deliberate a review site…
‘If i’m going on a date, or doing lunch with friends and we are headed to a certain venue, my blog is about what happens on that date or with those friends, MORE than it is about the food, service or lighting of a venue.
I’ll comment about what is going on around me ofcourse! Yet that is simply because I want my readers to be able to feel, connect and visualise my surroundings, as I tell the story. So they’re there with me. If it accidentally promotes a brand also? Then you can call it a review with a twist. 🙂 ‘
Here are some of the brands that Chrissie has worked with and publications that she has appeared in…
If you would like Chrissie to visit your bar, restaurant, office, business, venue, brand, service, event, home town….or maybe just YOU…maybe you have a NEW IDEA….She is more than happy to! IT CAN BE ANYTHING. Literally anything! She is of an adventurous nature, so throw it at us!
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The busiest little kitten in a merry business called ‘Life.’
‘Thank you for joining me through my journey…I’m learning life as I go along…and doing it right before your very eyes.’ 🙂
Welcome to CHRISSIEWUNNA.COM
Full name: Christina Wunna
Date of Birth: Dec 19th, 1980
Born in: Doncaster. Yorkshire- England
Favourite word: ‘Bouji’
Favourite colour: Yellow
Favourite tipple: I don’t have a favourite, I can chill it with a wine, smash a couple cocktails, sip a prosecco, or watch tv with a Desperado.
Favourite Food: Sashimi
Favourite kareoke song: ‘I just called to say I love you.’ Whenever i’m drunk It’s my go to Kareoke song. I don’t know why, because I once got kicked out of a Thai restaurant in LA for singing it out loud.
Favourite place to be: My Happy Place. I love peace.
Collects: Life stories…? Babies? Money? What? Nothing?
Likes: People with a GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR. I hate it when people aren’t fun, funny, or well witted.
Dislikes: Farmyard animals. (I once got butted by a Billy Goat Gruff and that was it, from that point on…we were not mates.)
Biggest fear: Crossing busy roads, holding knives and what if I never find my true love? I also don’t seem to like sausage dogs.
Believes: Dreams really do come true, if you really work hard enough and I also believe in LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.
Most Hollywood thing you do:
Wear GIANT sunglasses when i’m inside.
Most Yorkshire saying you know:
‘You don’t get ‘owt, for nowt…’
Blogging, living, art ( I actually got an art scholarship into school,) text messaging, bedroom eyes, mistake-making, showing-off, being foolish and getting away with it…and being a Mum. (I’m really good at being a Mum, which surprises me tooo!)
Good Habits: Fun loving and fearless! I’m not scared of anything!
To be one of the most successful bloggers in the world.
. I am a real life person? Yes
. How can i be a blogger? . Write one
. Where will i find you?
I’m everywhere. Find me! I tell everyone where I am. I’ll probably be drunk or in nothing but feathers, yet i will still always have time for you. People never think I will?
. What’s the secret to a successful lifestyle blog?
To tell your story openly without fear… and it’s the little things that make good banter, not the big things.
.What do i like in a guy?
A Spirit that plays well with mine! Someone who isn’t afraid to love me. Someone who knows how to treat a girl well.
Has four tiny tattooes (all of which are words.) Once had a Christmas card published, (it was rubbish). Divorced from True Blood/Once Upon a Time Actor Michael Raymond-James . They had 3 weddings. (One at the Hotel Bel-Air, one in Beverly Hills and well he did once jilt me at the altar in Vegas.) Rubbed her bare bum on a statue of Buddha for Good luck, in a forest with Ash Baron Cohen. (I forgot that happened!!) 17 years dance training. Loves to amuse and mainly BE amused. Asked Joseph Fiennes out by writing her number and ‘Call me,’ (smoothy smooth) on a reciept for some sweat pants he bought. (He actually called) Use to work at Crunch Gym LA. (Got fired.) Has woken up, on a spinning merry- go- round and a puppy. Went to a Private English boarding school. Fancies herself as a bit of a prankster. Auditioned for the role of ‘Alex’ on ‘The O.C.‘ (didn’t get it) Has woken up with a cat on her face. Loves Cardio Strip-tease. (I’m good friends with the guy who invented it. He’s taught Carmen Electra, Holly Madison & little ME…how to keep fit, but keep it dirty.) Doesn’t like overly sensitive, judgemental people or party poopers. Fun Loving! Likes to Piss- take. (Especially take the piss out of those that don’t enjoy it.) Auditioned for the role of ‘Linda Moon’ for the movie ‘Be Cool.‘ (didn’t get it) Was dry humped by Matt Dillon at the Chateau Marmont, then put in a taxi home. Loves a good glass of champagne. Has romanced many a ‘handsome.’ Has felt Mark Wright’s ‘guns.’ Believes in doing whatever she wants. Has done drinks with Lady Gaga. Given George Sampson a shot. Had a cuppa tea with Susan Boyle. Has bantered and betted with Melanie Sykes. Has asked Rene Zellweger to fix her car. Turned down a recording contract. Loves to think she’s sexy. Read her life out to Jackie Collins. Was once chased by a ginormous Burmese elephant called Mo Mo. OUTSPOKEN! Was peed on by a one-legged homeless man. Entered a talent competition on the telly and thanks to Scott Mills and Paris Hilton, she won it, via the fine art of a rubbish burlesque routine. Dedicated a month of her life trying to be ‘Paris Hiltons British Best Friend.’ She is the oldest of 2, (has a younger brother, Jeremy…there is an 8yr age difference bewteen them) and is accidentally doing really well in life. *Cheer here*
Quotes (by others) :
‘Her image might seem fundamental to her self expression, after all she leads the way at the helm of her ship, her bedroom eyes flashing, her hottie reputation pulsating, and the veneer of oriental chick with a sexy disposition jumping forth at one literally. But this is just a front for Chrissie, and she maneuvers it knowingly, intent on getting out a different message eventually…’
‘…she can assess her self image with a critical eye, not letting anything pass what is in her opinion “not quite right”.
‘She has an inner dynamo pulsating in the centre of her being; it pushes her forward even with a tad of too much self absorption.’
‘An egotistical maniac, who does nothing but get her chebs out!’
‘Her sentiments can make her shy in romance, sometimes yearning for a big man to contain her over exuberant spirits’
‘Infact, she’s like one of those really crap games at a fair, with the clucky chicken… that you put 20p in and win FUCK ALL.’
‘One of the most beautiful women you will ever meet..’
‘She will work hard, almost push through walls, dismantling obstacles on her way, never giving in to anyone who holds her back, or puts her down..’
‘British Invasion with the Asian Persuasion’
‘Terrifying plastic doll, from Pontefract, with a voice like chlamydia.’
‘One of this generations biggest inspirations… a breath of fresh-ish air.’
‘…she’s responsible for her very successful Blog, and her capacity to chatter and divulge elements of her life so easily, but remember they are elements that she chooses, and her deepest thoughts and feelings are censored from the public’s scrutiny.’
‘A floozey with a dream…’