We all have a love/hate relationship with our favorite celebrities, we love and hate to watch them simply because we could be them! In the generation where many are claiming the entertainment business is going through the “famous for nothing,” era, we need a little reminder in how they made it to where they are. So here are 15 of our favorite reality stars some who took their fame and ran with it and others who seemed to just fizzle out!
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Before Kim was known for being a socialite, television personality, business woman, and fashion designer she got her start starring in a sextape with her then-boyfriend Ray J. Kim later became the center of her own reality series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the show later caught on and became a mega-series. Who knew? Kim’s stellar good looks and great personality doesn’t hurt either, making her a hit across the world. Go Kim!
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Nene Leakes is “One rich b–ch,” indeed, but few ever remember exactly why. Leakes is best known as the break star from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, where she acquired her $3.5 million dollar net worth along with her role on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, and her recurring role as Coach Roz on Glee.
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Khloe Kardashian may have started out riding her sister’s coattails, but that is no longer. This chick has personality, and boy do we love it! Khloe is the blueprint of using your reality show stardom for your own advantages! Um, Kenya Moore, are you taking notes? The Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami star has gone on to become a judge on X-Factor and launch her own successful clothing line. Khloe, you better work!
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If you know anything about Evelyn Lozada, then you know that she is not afraid to place herself in the forefront of any situation. Whether it’s an on camera interview, or a physical altercation, this chica does it all! But where did this Latina diva get her start?After her ten year relationship and engagement to basketball player, Antoine Walker, Lozada was asked to co-star in the original cast of Basketball Wives. Lozada has since become the co-author of her book, “Inner Circle,” and become a spokeswoman for PETA.
We can’t say that Bethenny Frankel was the cutest thing to look at when she first debuted on the reality series, The Real Housewives of New York. However after a couple nips and tucks, Frankel has gone on to be one of the most successful reality stars of our time. Frankel does indeed come from money, making that apparent during her first seasons on the show, while revealing a haunting past with her estranged mother, but that alone does not define the Skinnygirl Cocktails founder one bit! She has gone on to appear on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and received two spin offs of her own, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After.
Although Omarosa got her humble start as a political consultant for former vice president Al Gore, the limelight came shining her way and Manigault took her place front and center. Known for her appearance in Donald Trump’s first season of The Apprentice, and her return on the seventh season, Omarosa’s outspoken personality led her right into stardom.
Nicole Richie was known for years as Paris Hilton’s best friend. After her five year role on The Simple Life alongside Hilton, Richie rose to prominence drawing massive attention from tabloids and the paparazzi. Lately, Richie has been devoting her time to charity work and environmental causes, and collaborating with her husband, Joel Madden to found The Richie Madden Foundation.
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Although she is now known for being a fashion icon and designer, Conrad began as a original cast member of MTV’S 2004 hit show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. The show took off landing Conrad a spin off, The Hills, in which we followed her career aspirations, life and relationships. Conrad has since been the spokesperson for numerous beauty lines and made guest appearances on television shows. You could also find her clothing lines The Lauren Conrad Collection, LC and Paper Crown in department stores, including Kohl’s.
Regardless of your personal feelings toward the self proclaimed southern belle, Phaedra knows how to make ends meet! Earning her $2 million dollar net worth mostly as an attorney and managing partner of the Parks Group PC., Phaedra later became a regular face on the hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Now we wouldn’t wish a fizzle on anyone, but rumors of Phaedra’s looming divorce and issues with castmates may place her at the top of the list for the big X! But then again, we all love to watch a little drama unfold!
Reality star and singer Heidi Pratt often leaves inquiring minds wondering, what is she doing now? After her participation on MTV’s hit shows, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills, Pratt took on her own show Im a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. Her on-again, off-again tumultuous relationship with husband Spencer Pratt landed her in the hot seat multiple times, including the end of her friendship with co-star Lauren Conrad. Pratt released her debut album, Superficial in 2007, although record sales were not that great.
Tila Tequila has always caught a lot of heat for her highly sexualized display on camera, but how did she even get on camera? Tequila shot to stardom with her men’s magazine appearances, including but definitely not limited to Maxim and Penthouse. Tequila was also the host of the Fuse television show, Pants-Off-Dance-Off, so who is Tequila taking her clothes off for now? Well, it seems Tila may have seen her fizzle coming and decided to settle down with her now girlfriend (or ex- girlfriend, we honestly just don’t know with this chick anymore) and has checked herself in and out of a couple of rehabs! Way to go Tila! Not.
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Another Kardashian on the list? We know but you can’t deny the facts! These girls just do it all! Kourtney Kardashian may be the most reserved of the bunch, but the girl apparently still knows when to make a power move. Kourtney too began her reality star journey playing herself on the Keeping Up With The Kardashian series, but later went on the join her sisters in spin-offs like Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.
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Ms. Honey Boo Boo has fizzled as of late, and boy are we excited about that?! The seven-year-old pageant princess, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, got her start kicking and screaming (or rather cursing and swearing) on the TLC reality television show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. She quickly shot to stardom with everyone tuning in to see just what all the fuss was about, but later stirred up a lot of controversy about her portrayal of “redneck” culture. Since then, Honey Boo Boo hasn’t been so popular with most commentators giving her a thumbs down!
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Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi, better known as Snooki, actually starred in a MTV series way before her highly popularized debut in the hit series, Jersey Shore. Snooki can be seen in MTV’s Is She Really Going Out With Him…? After being discovered again by casting agents, Snooki’s role on Jersey Shore placed her in the negative attention of the public eye with many on-lookers unsure how to respond to her “meatball” persona. The star is now regarded as one of the highest paid reality stars of all time, with Jersey Shore‘s season 5 paying her $150,000 per episode. Snooks has even landed her own spin-off with best friend Jennifer Farley, Snooki & J.Wow.
Kendra Wilkinson may have become known to the world as one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends on the reality series Girls Next Door where we got a snapshot of what really goes down in the Playboy Mansion. However Kendra emerged as one of the most popular and was given her own E! reality show Kendra, which documented her marriage to football player Hank Baskett and becoming a mom for the first time.