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 March 8

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Reality television has given rise to some of the biggest pop stars, actors, and A-list celebs, including Lucy Hale, Lauren Conrad, and Kylie Jenner.

When it comes to reality television, there are countless shows that have managed to become some of the most popular! From MTV’s Real World, Jersey Shore, all the way to competitive series such as Big Brother, Survivor, and The Amazing Race, there is no denying just how entertaining the genre is!

Well, in addition to its wow factor, reality television has also launched the careers of countless stars! Whether it be acting, modeling, or singing, reality television has given rise to some of the biggest pop stars, actors, and A-list celebs, including Lucy Hale, Lauren Conrad, and Kylie Jenner. So, who else has managed to make it big after a stint on reality TV? Let’s find out!

10 Jamie Chung – ‘The Real World’

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Jamie Chung has been in the entertainment industry for quite some time now, however, many fans do not know that the actress actually began her career in reality television. In 2004, Chung was a cast member on the hit MTV series, Real World.

The star appeared in the San Diego season, where she got her first taste of the business. Since then, Jamie has been cast in films such as Sorority Row, Eden, and the X-Men: Destiny series, to name a few!

9 Lucy Hale – ‘American Juniors’

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Prior to Lucy Hale playing Aria Montgomery in the hit show, Pretty Little Liars, she got her big break from the reality singing competition, American Juniors. The show was a spin-off of American Idol, which Hale auditioned for back in 2003 when she was only 14-years-old!

While she may not have won the competition, it certainly paid off in other ways! The star has since played a number of roles in both film and television, including Scream 4, Fantasy Island, and Truth or Dare.

8 Kendall & Kylie Jenner – ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner are easily two of the most famous people in the world! The duo, who are both known for their work in the fashion and cosmetics industry, first started their careers on the E! show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

While the focus was on their big sisters, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney, the two managed to steal the show as they got older with their hilarious antics. Now, Kendall is jet-setting across the world as one of the highest-paid models all while Kylie taking the reign on being the youngest billionaire, ever!

7 Whitney Port – ‘The Hills’

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Whitney Port first began her career on the MTV show, The Hills, alongside Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, and Audrina Patridge. The star not only played an integral role in the show, but she used her platform to launch her very own label, Whitney Eve.

Fans were able to see the star evolve from reality personality to fashion designer after she got her own spin-off, The City. Whitney now runs her very own wellness and lifestyle brand, and a successful one at that!

6 Jennifer Hudson – ‘American Idol’

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Jennifer Hudson is without a double one of the biggest powerhouse vocals in the industry! The star recently collaborated with the iconic Mariah Carey on her remixed Christmas song, Oh Santa, which also featured Ariana Grande.

Prior to making a name for herself in film, and scoring herself an Academy Award, Hudson began her career as a contestant on American Idol. The star came in 7th place, leaving her elimination as one of the biggest head-scratchers in Idol history!

5 Nicole Richie – ‘The Simple Life’

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Nicole Richie first began her time in the limelight when she and her former bestie, Paris Hilton, appeared on their reality television show, The Simple Life. Although Nicole was previously known as being the daughter of singing sensation, Lionel Richie, she made a name for herself after traveling across the United States living, well…the simple life!

Now, Nicole is not only a mother, businesswoman, and social media star, but she’s also quite the comic. Richie has appeared in countless shows from Chuck, Great News, and of course, her take on Nikkie Fresh.

4 Heather Morris – ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

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Heather Morris is known for her role as Brittany S. Pierce in the hit show, Glee! While she was known for her dancing abilities on the show, and being one of Beyonce’s backup dancers, Morris actually had her start in the entertainment industry on reality TV!

In 2006, Heather auditioned for the dance series, So You Think You Can Dance. The star was not yet a professionally trained dancer at the time, hence why she didn’t make it to the live stage of the show.

3 Lauren Conrad – ‘Laguna Beach’

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While Lauren Conrad has completely revolutionized the world of fashion and lifestyle, with her countless collections in Kohl’s, Macy’s, and of course her many New York Times best-selling books, her career truly began with MTV.

In 2004, Lauren was cast on the show, Laguna Beach, alongside Kristin Cavallari, Stephen Colletti, and Lo Bosworth, to name a few. She later scored her own show, The Hills, which catapulted her to international fame and success!

2 Cardi B – ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

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Cardi B is without a doubt one of the biggest names in rap, and rightfully so! After the success of her breakout song, Bodak Yellow, Cardi has since gone to score number one’s on the Billboard Hot 100, and snagged a Grammy!

Prior to her becoming a rap sensation, Cardi B began her career as part of the cast of Love & Hip-Hop: New York back in 2015. She was considered to be the breakout star of the show’s sixth season, coming up with the iconic line: “WHAT WAS THE REASON?!”

1 Winnie Harlow – ‘America’s Next Top Model’

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Winnie Harlow began her career back in 2014 when she was a contestant on the twenty-first cycle of the U.S reality series, America’s Next Top Model. Harlow, whose professional name was inspired by Winnie the Pooh, stood out during her season for her gazing looks and vitiligo, which she has since become a public spokesperson for.

While she didn’t win the competition, she certainly won afterward! Winnie has since become one of the most popular models in the industry, walking the Victoria Secret runway, and attending the Met Gala!

Next: The Cast Of MTV’s ‘Laguna Beach’: Where Are They Now?



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