These days it is extremely difficult to find any kind of television that isn't 'reality' oriented. Since the arrival of Big Brother in the early 2000's, reality TV has become a staple part of our viewing necessities, tapping into our voyeuristic needs. But why the huge obsession with other people's lives? You would think our own lives were awful enough, but that's exactly it. It's the plain old fact that other people, no matter what background or where they come from, all have the same worries, laughs and anxieties that we ourselves suffer. And you no what? It makes for great viewing.
So when MTV debuted their new reality TV show in 2009 that promised controversial characters with an added shock factor, the world was intrigued. What they didn't expect however was a documentary format that focused on a number of under age teens who also happened to be pregnant. Yes 16 and Pregnant, as it came to be known, followed the lives of an array of pregnant teens and the woes of impending childbirth. Hugely popular and making a variety of its 'characters' stars, the reality TV show even spawned a number of spin-offs: Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mom 3. However, not everyone was happy, with the show often being accused of 'glamorizing teen pregnancy' by lauding its pregnant teens as celebrities. From gracing the cover of people magazine to launching sex tapes, the stars have most definitely become famous in their own right, giving the impression that yeah, having a child at 16 years old is pretty damn cool.
Whatever the case, there is no denying how popular the show has become and it is often credited with actually lowering the teen birth rate rather than increasing it. So, to celebrate its success, let's find out what exactly happened to the stars who helped give insight into the teenagers of modern America.
11 Megan McConnell
10 Felicia Cooke
9 Maci Bookout
8 Brooke Smitherman-Tarrant
7 Catelynn Lowell
6 Jenelle Evans
5 Aubrey Wolters
4 Lori Wickelhaus
3 Whitney Purvis
2 Summer Rewis
1 Farrah Abraham
Where do we start! Notoriously the most famous cast member, Farrah is also the most scandalous. Making more than a splash in the first season, 16-year-old Farrah begins the program by not telling her ex boyfriend about her pregnancy due to threatening text messages. Later revealed that he had died in a car accident before the birth of the baby, Farrah also had a turbulent relationship with her mother. Going on to star in the spin-off Teen Mom, Farrah was also a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in which she got into a heated argument resulting in the hospitalization of another contestant. Quickly working her way to the top as the queen of reality TV, Farrah also released a sex tape in 2013, which she later claimed was leaked. Whatever the case, love her or loathe her, she sure knows how to work the wonderful world of showbiz.
Sources: www.radaronline.com; www.dailymail.co.uk
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