Karrueche Tran's Beautiful, Unknown Rise to Fame as an Actress

Karrueche Tran's (Mostly) Unknown Rise to Fame as An Actress

Karrueche Tran's Beautiful, Unknown Rise to Fame as an Actress

Her hard work is paying off and we see more of who she is now.

Published June 19, 2017

Before being discovered, Karrueche Tientrese Tran had multiple jobs. In an article written about a year ago via the Inquistr, the model/actress admitted, "Before I became ‘discovered’ I had two jobs." A note that her work ethic didn't just appear out of thin air.

After much work, Karrueche is now co-starring in the new series Claws, which screened at the ABFF Film Festival this past weekend. With her Claws character Virginia, Tran gets to put her acting skills to use. This month (June 2017), in a feature for The Daily Beast, Karrueche describes acing her audition for the role as the “greatest, best feeling ever.”

Take a look at a very brief summary of her incredible climb to stardom.


  1. Karrueche got her start as personal assistant and a stylist’s assistant
    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27:  Model Karrueche Tran attends BET's Rip The Runway 2013:Red Carpet at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 27, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for BET's Rip The Runway)
    (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for BET's Rip The Runway)

    It's safe to say that the model/actress's true love for fashion began here. 

  2. Wilhelmina Models Offered Her a Contract

    In 2014, the beauty was excited to share that she got signed to major modeling agency Wilhelmina Models.

  3. She Slayed a Role on the TV Series 'Vanity' as Vanessa Ivy
    (Photo: StyleHaul)

    In 2015, Karrueche took co-lead in the Maybelline-branded series Vanity as the business partner to Denise Richards's deceased character Marion Bellarose. 

    Throughout the season, the other cast of characters go on a search to find out how Marion died and they start with Karrueche's character, Vanessa Ivy.

  4. She Won An Emmy Award
    2016 Daytime Emmy Awards arrivals at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
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    On April 30, 2016, the actress became an Emmy Award-winning producer for her work on The Bay, a digital series that first premiered on Blip.tv in 2010 but later moved to Amazon Prime in 2015. 

  5. She Became a 'Nice Guy'
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    (Photo: Footage Films)

    Karrueche had previously been in a short film (Prxde) and another full-length feature Only for One Night (featured here) before acting in The Nice Guys. However, The Nice Guys may have been the first major grossing film for the actress/model. The film earned $11.2 million in just its opening weekend.

  6. Her 'Claws' Come Out
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    As early as September 2016, reports surfaced that the actress was cast in the new TV series, Claws. Included in the cast is veteran actress Niecy Nash. In a report published by Bossip, Nash was quoted as saying, "It’s not stunt casting. She’s doing a really good job. She studied off her a** though.”

    The actress has come a super long way and we salute her growth. We're also looking forward to much more success. Go, girl!!!

    Scroll up to watch actor Kofi Siriboe talk about not conforming to other's perceptions of us, much like Karrueche Tran hasn't. 

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TNT)


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