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Successful Celebs Who Got Their Start in Reality TV

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Reality TV has turned into quite the platform for rising unknowns! While some reality stars fade away, others that fans know and love have gone on to have wildly successful careers in fashion, business, entertainment, etc. Read on to see which of your favorite reality stars have made it big!

The First Apprentice

Bill Rancic was the very first winner of The Apprentice, but he didn’t stop there. The entrepreneur has gone on to invest in several real estate properties and opened a restaurant. In addition to that, Bill has written a few books and hosted several reality TV programs. He and his wife, E!’s own Giuliana Rancic, also started their own TV production company, You and I Productions. The couple had their own reality show, Giuliana and Bill, which ended in 2014.

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Singing Superstar

It was an American Idol shocker when Jennifer Hudson took seventh place on the show’s third season. However, the singer proved that she was a force to be reckoned with! She ultimately won the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, earning several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Jennifer has also gone on to star in several other shows and movies, as well as release new music of her own.

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Queen of the Meatballs

You can’t say Jersey Shore without thinking of the show’s iconic star, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Her crazy antics in the Shore House earned her a strong and loyal following. With her platform, Snooki’s gone on to write a few books and release her own merchandise. The star also continued making money with reality TV, starring with her old roommate Jenni “Jwoww” Farley in a spin-off show, Snooki & Jwoww. The two recently reunited with most of their roommates for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

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The Head Housewife In Charge

NeNe Leakes is known for her time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the reality star has gone on to do much more. She’s starred in several TV shows including Glee and The New Normal. NeNe even made her Broadway debut as Madame in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 2014 and played Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago the very next year. She’s also launched her own clothing line on the Home Shopping Network.

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Passion For Fashion

Christian Siriano has had major success after winning the fourth season of Project Runway. He launched his Christian Siriano collection in 2008, which has made millions since then. The line has garnered a wide variety of celebrity endorsement from stars including Ashley Graham, Cardi B, Rihanna, and Laverne Cox. Christian has also collaborated with Payless and Puma on shoes, and even Victoria’s Secret for his own makeup line!

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