Breakout Reality TV Stars

Now we're watching them more than once a week!


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Nene Leakes - Far from her days as a newbie to reality TV, Miss Leakes has gone on to perform on Broadway in the recent adaptation of Cinderella. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images For Fashion For Relief)


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Nicole Scherzinger - Nicole Scherzinger left her Eden's Crush (the girl group created from the reality show Popstars) days behind. Since then she's won Billboard Music Awards, been nominated for Grammys and even had stints on botht he American and UK version of competition show X Factor.  (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)


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K. Michelle - We lived for her outspoken personality on the Love & Hip Hop franchise, but we live even more for her real and raw songs like: "Can't Raise a Man" and "Love 'Em All." (Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)


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Kim Zolciak-Briermann - After paying her dues on Bravo's Houswives franchise, recording a successful party anthem in the process, she moved on up to getting married and making money. (Photo: TNYF/


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Elite Noel - Probably the most green of all the reality stars on this list Elite Noel got her start writing songs for other artists, then decided that she was ready to be about that solo artist life! She currently working on new music to share her gift and talent both behind the pen and the vocal booth with the world. (Photo: Elite Noel via Instagram)


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Yaya DaCosta - Hanging up her America's Next Top Model runner-up sash, Yaya DaCosta took the big screen by storm, going on to co-star in the film Take the Lead. Later she'd have a recurring role on All My Children and most recently appeared in Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic as well as TV series Chicago Fire. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)


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Lauren Conrad - We met the teenage LC as she had boyfriend trouble with Brody Jenner on MTV's hit reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Then we saw her forge for her dreams as an intern at the acclaimed Vogue Magazine in the spin-off reality series The Hills. Now she's at the helm of her own clothing line (The Lauren Conrad Collection) and has multiple book deals with Harper Collins. (Photo: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Kohl's Department Stores)