It's no secret that reality television has made a star out of many in the last few years. Countless individuals have found themselves going from relative ambiguity to total stardom in a matter of months thanks largely in part to the success of a reality program. These 7 stars have managed to turn their 15 minutes of fame into full fledged careers and have transformed dramatically in the process. Check out which 7 reality stars caught our eye and take a look at how much they've changed since first appearing on the scene:
Lauren Conrad, Before
When Lauren Conrad debuted on 'The Hills" in 2004 she was fresh faced and very much still in high school.
Lauren Conrad, After
Nearly 9 years later the newly engaged Conrad is now the head of her own fashion and publishing empire.
NeNe Leakes, Before
When NeNe Leakes made her "Real Housewives of Atlanta" debut in 2008 she became an instant fan favorite.
NeNe Leakes, After
Now the star of her own spin-off show, 'I Dream of NeNe," it's safe to say the reality star has come a long way.
Kim Kardashian, Before
In 2004, Kim Kardashian was mainly known as Paris Hilton's bestie while claiming to be a "stylist" by trade.
Kim Kardashian, After
While it's no secret Kim Kardashian has come a long way in the last 9-10 years we sure are glad the former "stylist" took on a stylist of her own.
Nicole Scherzinger, Before
Nicole Scherzinger was first introduced to audiences in 2001 when she auditioned for the reality-star competition "Popstars."
Nicole Scherzinger, After
The actress, singer and X-Factor host has come a long way since her days as a Pussycat Doll.
Kelly Clarkson, Before
Kelly Clarkson wowed audiences as the first ever winner of "American Idol."
Kelly Clarkson, After
Unlike many "Idol" winners that came after her, Clarkson was able to maintain a successful singing career through out the years.
Jennifer Hudson, Before
Jennifer Hudson emerged as an "American Idol" powerhouse in 2004.
Bethenny Frankel, Before
Bethenny Frankel made a name for herself as a "Real Housewife of New York."