Reality to Retail! Remy Ma, NeNe Leakes, And More Started Fashion Empires

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Reality to Retail! Remy Ma, NeNe Leakes, And More Started Fashion Empires

See how they became modeling moguls

Published March 7th

Reality TV has been a major platform for several of your favorite celeb stars in the industry.  NeNe Leakes and Draya Michele are just two of the ladies who have thrived since their presence on hit reality shows such as Real Housewives Of Atlanta and Basketball Wives. And although they may have turned on the drama for TV, they also leveraged the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. 

Whether they already had careers in fashion or simply love wearing the most dramatic attire on TV, one thing that each one of these women have (had) in common is their love for fashion. Opening up their own online and/or brick and mortar boutiques, here are seven stars who started a fashion empire and serve as models for their stores:

  1. angel brinks - angel brinks fashions
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Angel Brinks arrives for VH1's Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers at Paramount Studios on September 17, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

    The former Basketball Wives star created her line, Angel Brinks Fashion, in 2010. She is known for her sexy, sheer and heavily embellished designs, and has been deemed the queen of leggings and couture bodysuits. Angel’s designs have been worn by celebs such as Ashanti, Lil Kim, Trina and more.

  2. nene Leakes - swagg boutique
    SANDY SPRINGS, GA - FEBRUARY 03:  Nene Leakes attends Marlo Hampton Dinner Celebration at Kaisers Restaurant on February 3, 2018 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
    (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)

    The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star opened Swagg Boutique in Buckhead Atlanta in 2016 in partnership with Bow Wow’s mom, Teresa Caldwell. NeNe serves as a model for the boutique, showing off the boutiques daring styles in her daring curves. She's shown time and time again that the boutique offers swag for everyone!

  3. draya Michele - mint swim
    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01:  Actress Draya Michele poses in the NYX Professional Makeup area at BeautyCon NYC 2016 at Pier 36 on October 1, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )
    (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup)

    The former Basketball Wives star created Mint Swim in 2011 with only $12,000. Since then she’s shown swim collections at Miami Swim week. When designing, Draya targets women who want to feel sexy and enhance their curves. Hence the sexy cut-outs and shapes of her suits.

  4. remy ma - conceited the store
    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Remy Ma visits Music Choice on February 14, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)

    The rapper and reality star of Love and Hip Hop New York has been killing the rap game and can now add successful retail boutique owner to her resume. Remy opened and co-founded Conceited The Store with her sister, RaeMonique, in Raleigh, North Carolina, just last year. Conceited offers ladies clothing from sizes 0-5X.

  5. rasheeda frost - pressed atl
    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 21:  Rasheeda Frost  attends Gold Room on May 21, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
    (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)

    The former rapper and star of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta opened PressedATL in Atlanta. After having an online presence and trying to get her husband, Kirk, invested in her retail desires, Rasheeda was able to open up a brick-and-mortar location in 2015. PressedATL sells apparel and accessories for both men and women and is very big on self-expression. Rasheeda has attracted celeb customers such as Cardi B, Reginae Carter, Alexis Skyy and more.

  6. jojo zarur - zarur boutique
    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08:  JoJo Zarur poses during New York Fashion Week: The Shows - Day 1 on February 8, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
    (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

    Currently seen on Love and Hip Hop Miami, JoJo started out as a fashion stylist, styling celebs like Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Jim Jones and more. JoJo opened Zarur boutique in 2016 and has a store front in Miami. The store serves as a home for her styling clientele while also selling exclusive products that have been styled on her clients.

    Come shop exclusive pieces by celebrity stylist @jojozarur

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  7. Karlie redd - merci & mansiion boutiques
    ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 24:  TV personality Karlie Redd at "Q Mike Slim Daron" Album Listening Session at Crossover Entertainment Group on October 24, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Karlie Redd, like co-star Rasheeda, also took a dive in the fashion world, opening up Merci boutique in 2012. The store features fashions from an array of up-and-coming designers. Merci’s aesthetic is said to be a “one stop contemporary maison for no particular her.” Later, Karlie opened another boutique, Mansiion, for her clientele in LA. Obviously, the business is boomin' for her. 

Written by Shalaeya Brown

(Photos: Chance Yeh/Getty Images, Prince Williams/WireImage, Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

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