Wonder what you saw in her? After Gavin Henson chooses her as his girlfriend, Carianne Barrow strips off for provocative underwear shots
By Holly Thomas and Emily Sheridan
Last updated at 11:48 AM on 31st October 2011
She snapped up rugby player Gavin Henson in a tense The Bachelor finale which saw her in close competition with her rival Layla Manoochehri.
And now it's becoming clear exactly what Gavin saw in Carianne Barrow.
The 24-year-old Middlesex model struck some very provocative poses in her underwear in a steamy new photoshoot.
Obvious charms: Gavin Henson's new girlfriend Carianne Barlow has stripped off for a steamy photo shoot after winning her man on The Bachelor
Appearing perfectly comfortable in a bra and suspenders, the blonde stuck various sexy poses in the somewhat dingy-looking corridor.
At one stage in the raunchy shoot she even removed her bra, preserving her modesty with only one arm, grinning confidently at the camera.
Another photo shows her leaning seductively against a wall, one finger in her mouth.
And she made sure she covered all angles, turning around so that the photographer could catch her pert behind.
In an interview after the show, Carriane mused about the personal qualities which saw her snare her man.
Personality won the day? Despite her obvious assets, the blonde believes it was her sense of humour and confidence which won Gavin over
'I would have never have guessed that Gavin had liked me that much There were 24 other girls. Everyone was beautiful, with their own personality. I’m really surprised,' she insisted.
Stripping down: Carianne bared (almost) all when she removed her bra, preserving her modesty with her arm
'I think my sense of humour and the fact that I’ve got a lot more confidence put me ahead. Plus I’m more outgoing and a bit louder. It worked in my favour. I’ve been a strong character throughout. From day one I’ve stood out a lot and everyone knows who I am.'
She also emphasised that nothing more than kissing occurred on the show, adding: 'I don’t think it’s the sort of atmosphere were you can have sex. The cameras were there. It’s not the right setting.'
The rugby player, 29, left singer-songwriter Layla Manoochehri, 25, heartbroken after opting for the Middlesex model, 24.
After turning down Layla, who famously used to date Blue singer Simon Webbe, Henson declared his love for bubbly blonde Carianne.
He told her: 'I've been looking for a long-term relationship. Someone I can give 100 per cent to and will get that back...
'Carianne, you're The One. I feel so lucky. I feel so lucky to have found you. you're so unique.
'Please give me the opportunity to make you feel special, Let me be your best friend and give me the opportunity to make you happy for the rest of you life.'
As she beamed with happiness, he then uttered those three little words - despite his sexy hot tub kissing session with Layla the night before.
He declared: 'I love you Carianne. Will you please accept this rose and make me the happiest man alive by being my girlfriend.'
As the new couple embraced, an emotional Carianne replied that she loved him too: 'I want to be with you forever.'
Over the past two months, the Welsh athlete has whittled down 25 women to just two for the grand final in St Lucia.
At the beginning of the show, he admitted he'd had some tricky moments with both finalists.
He said: 'They've stood out from the beginning. There has been a few hiccups with Carianne and a bit of blip with Layla.'
You're The One! Gavin Henson presents Carianne Barrow with the final red rose after choosing her to be his girlfriend on The Bachelor
I love you: The rugby player and model declare their love for each other
A rose for my rose: The couple embrace after deciding to be official girlfriend and boyfriend
He was helped on his way to his decision by his parents Alan and Audrey and younger sister Sarah, who had private conversations with each girl without Gavin present.
However, Carianne admitted she didn't have much experience with children so would have to learn how to look after Gavin's son and daughter.
She said: 'I'm rubbish with kids... Once I get used to the idea, I should be alright.'
Reporting back to Gavin, his mother Audrey said: 'Carianne seems more naive than Layla. Layla is more like you, she's seen the world a little bit.'
After Gavin informed his family that Carianne had a degree so wasn't as dizzy as she came across, his mum replied: 'So she wouldn't be hanging on your coat-tails, then?'
Getting on side: Carianne told Gavin's family they were a 'good-looking bunch' before he made his decision
Before making his decision, he took each contestant on one last date to help him make his decision.
After a stroll in the Botanical Gardens and dinner, Gavin and Carianne took turns in massaging each other.
Following their pamper session, Carianne admitted she was struggling to control her lust: 'I did enjoy massaging him, I like touching his body but I don't think I got him lovestruck from my massage.
Romantic: The couple enjoyed a dip in the sea for their last date
Pampering: Gavin and Carianne ended their date by giving each other massages
'When Gavin was massaging me I felt a bit frisky. I feel like what's going on between me and Gavin is the beginning of something great.'
On his day with Layla, the pair enjoyed dinner in his private suite, before moving on to the hot tub.
Layla decided to make her move and the pair enjoyed a passionate kissing session in their swimwear.
Later, Layla hinted there had been more than kissing: 'What happened under the bubbles I couldn't possibly tell you.'
Passionate: After a romantic dinner for their last date, Layla and Gavin headed into the hot tub
But before asking Carianne to be his girlfriend, Gavin told Layla he simply had stronger feelings for Carianne.
He said: 'From the first moment I saw you I was attracted to you. I felt the connection straight away. I can be myself around you. I feel so comfortable around you. I'm always so excited to see you. You have the qualities that I value and are so important to me.
'You're such a beautiful person. But I'm so sorry I have stronger feelings for someone else. I have stronger feelings for someone else. It does hurt.'
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