Back in the early 2000s reality television was a brand new invention with dating shows like Blind Date hitting late afternoon spots. With production costs low and acting salaries nonexistent producers started jumping on the reality series train. Soon there were reality shows on 24 hours a day on every station, even network primetime slots.
Now television entertainment is primarily comprised of an even mixture of reality TV shows and scripted shows. Reality TV isn’t just dating shows anymore, although dating shows like The Bachelorette and The Bachelor are still some of the most popular primetime series’ in the country. There is seriously every type of reality series on the air as of today.
One specifically original show follows people that are dropped alone completely nude in the jungle with minimal supplies in Naked and Afraid while another explores stars from other reality shows dancing in a competition. Reality TV has not only bred a new type of television it has also created a new sect of celebrities.
Reality stars don’t flinch at the site of paparazzi like Academy Award winning actresses, which is why we have such great photos of these reality TV actresses strutting their stuff in their best yoga pants.
15 Audrina Patridge
In 2006 MTV developed The Hills, a spin-off of their popular reality show Laguna Beach. Audrina Patridge was cast on The Hills as a friend of Lauren Conrad who was featured on the first season of Laguna Beach. Despite feuding with Conrad’s frenemy Heidi Montag, fans were on the fence whether or not Patridge would remain on the show. But despite all the worry Audrina and Lauren were roommates the next season which solidified her role on the show.
This actress appeared in more episodes of The Hills than any other cast member, many of which were focused on her on again off again relationship with Justin Bobby. She has continued to search for her place in Hollywood after wrapping the sixth season of the reality show which is why she’s been captured here on her way to the gym. After some radio silence from the actress, she appeared on the eleventh season of the super popular show Dancing With the Stars.
14 Julianne Hough
The dancer, singer, and actress is a two-time champion of Dancing With The Stars and has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy’s for her work on the show. Hough was born in Utah to a Mormon family alongside five brothers and sisters. Her father was the chairman of the Utah republican party twice which only added to her strict upbringing.
The young blond has been dancing professionally since she was nine years old. At the age of 10, her parents were divorcing so they sent her and her fellow dancer brother Derek to live and study with their dance coaches and their son. When Hough was 12 she, her brother, and her pseudo brother formed a group and started performing in the US and the UK before she started winning dance competitions.
That is how she got her start in the industry but reality show Dancing with the Stars has given Hough a platform that the whole world can see.
13 Jenn Pinto
Jenn Pinto is a lesser known star on the list. She competed on the VH1 hit show ¡Viva Hollywood! before being eliminated in the final round of the show meant to find the next bit telenovela star. After making it through eight episodes that featured challenges and drama Jenn Pinto lost to fellow East Coaster Berto Colon. All of the actresses and actors lived together in one house as they competed to get a contract with Telemundo which is still the largest telenovela producer in the US.
Pinto is from Brooklyn, New York and is Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian. This was one of the first big breaks for the starlet as she continues to work on making her way into leading lady territory. Despite being a big green Pinto had a successful run on the VH1 reality series, winning the first three challenges back to back. Even though Pinto didn’t win the grand prize she did get some great prizes for winning the challenges.
12 Kendra Wilkinson
As one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends in E! Network’s Girls Next Door Kendra Wilkinson was immediately a fan favorite for her ditzy comments and bubbly demeanor. Wilkinson was not a Playboy Playmate but she did pose nude for a pictorial with her fellow Girls Next Door stars Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. Wilkinson moved out of the mansion in 2009 after she met her future husband Hank Baskett, the pair were married at the Playboy Mansion before moving to Calabasas, California.
They featured their wedding on Wilkinson’s spinoff show Kendra also produced by E! Network. The pair had a baby together less than nine months after the wedding, a little boy named Hank Baskett IV. Wilkinson and Baskett are still married and have since had another child together while Wilkinson continues to chase her B-list stardom competing on tons of reality show. Her latest experience was on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! and finished in 6th place.
11 Kendall Jenner
Most recently this high fashion model made headlines for deleting her Instagram page, to which the star expressed supreme surprise in a recent interview with Ellen Degeneres on her hit talk show Ellen. The model got her first on screen time as a tween in Keeping Up With the Kardashians which started off primarily following her half sisters and mother around. Jenner was one of the first models to first get noticed for her social media influence and the first to ever successfully turn that into a fruitful modelling career.
Alongside her sister Kylie, Kendall has started multiple fashion and makeup lines as they’ve grown up which has given them both a good head for business in their very early 20s. The pair has even co-written a book with a ghostwriter about a young alien girl. The spectrum of her work is vast and Kendall Jenner is building a dynasty on her own, hoping to explode using help from her family to get the success she craves.
10 Kylie Jenner
Recently, Kylie was named one of the Top 10 followed celebs on Instagram and her influence through social media has made her a must-follow celebrity across the board. She has worked with OPI and PacSun in collaborations for clothes and makeup before starting her own brand of makeup in 2015. The star was always noticed for how her lips had grown since her early days on Keeping Up With The Kardashians so in Summer 2015 she released her own lip kit.
The lip kit has since turned into an entire brand, Kylie Cosmetics. The 2016 global launch of Kylie Cosmetics rolled out the familiar lip kits in various colors as well as eyeliner kits and shadows. The young reality stars adept makeup application has made her a must watch celebrity for anyone making makeup tutorials on YouTube. At the moment Jenner is prioritizing college but has expressed interest in pursuing acting in the future.
9 Kim Kardashian
Though her recent A-List status makes a lot of people forget, Kim Kardashian’s first rise to fame came after someone released her sex tape with Ray-J, brother of popular R&B singer Brandy. Almost directly after the release of the sex tape Kim and her family began airing their E! Network reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kardashian is now married to rap star Kanye West, her third marriage, and the pair has two children together.
Post reality series fame Kim K is known mostly for her social media presence which recently got her robbed in Europe after flaunting her jewelry during Paris Fashion Week. The thieves walked away with $10 million worth of jewelry after entering the apartment where she was staying, binding her, and gagging her. The five armed people were dressed as police officers and bribed the security guard to enter the rented home.
8 Jennifer Lopez
This heavy hitting singer, songwriter, and businesswoman got her first role as a dancer on hilarious 90’s TV show In Living Color. She was a regular on the show for two years before getting the confidence to set out and pursue her acting career. Four years after leaving In Living Color Lopez landed a role that remains ingrained in all of our minds in the Selena biopic named Selena.
In the late 90’s Lopez started to build her dynasty by adding recording artist to her resume and released On the 6 in 1997. The actress maintains a fit figure as she continues pursuing various business ventures and remains in the public eye.
That’s why she can squeeze into such tight, high-quality yoga pants like these. Aside from her work in entertainment Lopez runs various accessory, fragrance, and clothing lines as well as a production and television company and some charitable foundations.
7 Khloe Kardashian
After working alongside her family members in Keeping Up With The Kardashians Khloe starred in multiple reality spin-offs. Among those shows was Khloe & Lamar which followed Khloe and her husband basketball star Lamar Odom whom she married after the pair dated for just one month. The two reality celebs were married for four years before separating. After one month of separation, Khloe filed for divorce and legally restored her name from Odom to Kardashian.
Just months after the divorce was finalized Lamar Odom was hospitalized after being found unconscious at a Las Vegas brothel. Khloe rushed to be by his side despite the divorce, she withdrew her petition for divorce during this time.
The pair never reconciled despite the petition being removed. Khloe says that she removed the petition so that she could make medical decisions for the basketball star. This Kardashian sister is pictured with the usual defensive and angered paparazzi face but what we’ve really noticed is how she’s filling out those yoga pants.
6 Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi is best known as the host of popular Bravo television show Top Chef but also has some other ventures out in the world. When she was just two years old Lakshmi’s parents divorced and both are now remarried. When she was a girl Lakshmi relocated to the US with her mother to escape the stigma of divorce in India. The drop dead gorgeous reality TV actress was bullied with racist taunts which gave her a stigma that she later had to learn to remove from her psyche.
Her modelling career began in Europe when an agent discovered her at a cafe in Madrid at the age of 21. She has modelled for top designers and been featured on the cover of tons of National and Worldwide magazines. Lakshmi joined Top Chef in the second season and has been nominated for an Emmy award for her work. The model and television personality is now as an executive producer on the popular show.
5 Joanna Krupa
This Polish-American actress, model, and reality TV star is most known for her appearances on The Real Housewives of Miami, Top Model, and Dancing with the Stars. She has been featured in countless popular magazines like FHM, Stuff, Shape, and Maxim. When Krupa was featured on the cover of Maxim she was called the Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World and was voted German Maxim’s model of the year in 2004-05 and even appeared twice on the cover of Playboy.
In the Polish version of Top Model Krupa served as the head judge and host alongside her sister Marta. Joanna Krupa dated nightclub owner Romain Zago for many years before the pair were engaged in 2010. Three years later Krupa married the businessman in Carlsbad, CA. Her most recent photoshoot was a nude body paint ad campaign for PETA to boycott Seaworld. This photo shows the reality TV actress leaving the gym in bright blue yoga pants.
4 Christina Aguilera
Something Christina Aguilera is good at is making any clothes look fabulous, just like she did in these yoga pants paired with her Christian Louboutins. The star first jumped to fame after recording “Reflections” for the 1998 animated movie Mulan. One year later Aguilera released her self-titled debut album which was the home to hits like “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants”. Her next album Stripped showed that Aguilera was a deeper pool than some of her fellow pop stars in the 2000s.
The album also showed all of us her dirty side and launched her towards sex symbol status. Christina Aguilera has changed her image multiple times, often emulating former Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. She recorded tons of albums but most recently Aguilera is known for her work on television’s The Voice as a judge.
3 Witney Carson
This professional dancer, choreographer, and actress who specializes in ballroom and latin dance styles. Carson was born in Utah as the oldest of four children and started dancing when she was just three years old.
She trained in various styles like jazz, hip-hop, tap, ballet, and ballroom and has won multiple awards and competed in various competitions. When she turned eighteen years old Carson tried out for season nine of Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance and made it to the top twenty finalists with her partner, ballet dancer Chehon Wespi-Tschopp.
The next year Carson appeared on the all-star season 10 partnering with Du-Shaunt “Fik-shun” Stegall. In 2014 Carson was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography which was a major highlight in what is surely the beginning of a long career. Carson was married just right at the start of 2016 after dating for four years, they were married in a Mormon ceremony.
2 Kourtney Kardashian
Before her family rose to reality show fame Kourtney Kardashian had already gotten her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Arizona. After her younger sister Kim released a sex tape with her then-boyfriend Ray J the family was offered a spot on E! Network in a reality television show. After the show aired Kourtney and her sisters have expanded their surname into a fully functioning brand that has released clothing, fragrances, and even a book.
A year before their reality show aired Kourtney met Scott Disick at a party in Mexico thrown by a mutual friend. The pair quickly started an on again off again relationship that lasted the duration of the show. Three years after they met Kourtney gave birth to their first child, a son named Mason. They now have three children together but they still maintain an on again, off again status. Most recently they have reconciled but Kourtney is on the fence whether or not they will stick.
1 Kristin Cavallari
Since she was just 16 years old Kristin Cavallari has been a reality staple on shows like Laguna Beach on MTV. After getting her start on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County Cavallari naturally moved onto the spin-off series The Hills which she joined in the middle of the fifth season. She went on to work on some actual acting roles, acting in small parts in shows like Veronica Mars and CSI: NY.
Her reality television stardom continued with a place on Dancing With the Stars where she paired up with Mark Ballas. Despite getting eliminated in the third round Cavallari raised her relevance with her place on the show. Her love life has been of much interest throughout her time on reality television with her initial relationship with Laguna Beach co-star Stephen Colletti, her Hills co-star Brody Jenner and even famous USC quarterback Matt Leinart before meeting her husband. Cavallari is married to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, they have three kids together.