Joeseline Hernandez, Phaedra Parks, Nene Leakes, Tiffany Pollard (Instagram)

Reality Royalty: Female Stars Then and Now

Reality royalty then and now. See how these women continue to shape reality TV from being Bad Girls to Housewives turned businesswomen.

NeNe Leakes, one of the most talked about reality TV stars, has had a big impact on reality TV, especially as an original member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” from 2008 to 2020. Her bold personality, memorable moments, and unapologetic attitude helped make the show a success. After she left, the show’s ratings plummeted, and it appears the producers face constant pressure from fans to bring NeNe back.
Outside of the show, Leakes has had much success from guest-starring on Kevin Hart’s Real Husbands of Hollywood to recurring roles on Ryan Murphy’s Glee and the NBC comedy show The New Normal, NeNe Leakes also lit up Broadway with performances in Cinderella and Chicago. In 2011, she competed on Donald Trump’s NBC series Celebrity Apprentice.
Additionally, she has experimented with her career by going on shows like Dancing with the Stars, Miss USA, and Celebrity Show-Off, and starring in Tamar Braxton’s music video “If I Don’t Have You” and recently BIA’s music video “Millions.”
Earlier this month, Leakes made an appearance on Zeus’s Baddies East Reunion and is set to return as a guest judge for the Baddies Caribbean auditions. In 2022, she was also featured on College Hill: Celebrity Edition Season 1, indicating that her career is still active.

As for Miss Phaedra Parks, she was another star whose personality shined through on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” from season 3 to season 9. However, her time on the show ended in 2017, when she was fired for admitting to spreading harmful rumors about her co-star, Kandi Burruss and her husband, Todd Tucker.

Since her time on the show, Phae Phae has remained booked and busy, balancing her career as an attorney and licensed mortician. Despite that, she continues to thrive in her TV career, making appearances on reality shows such as Marriage Boot Camp, ‘Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip’ Season 4, and most recently, Season 10 of Married to Medicine.
Porsha Williams, another fan favorite, is known for her vibrant personality, infectious energy, and memorable catchphrases on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Her presence added dynamic storytelling and moments that contributed to the show’s success.
Beyond entertainment, Porsha has been involved in compelling storylines, addressing personal growth, relationships, and activism.
Since the show, the Bravolebrity has made appearances on various spin-offs and reality shows, showcasing her versatility and maintaining her relevance in the genre.

Porsha recently made headlines by announcing her divorce from her husband, Simon Guobadia, while also revealing her return to RHOA.

Up next is the twirl queen, Kenya Moore, aka Miss USA, celebrated for her iconic presence as both a model and a 90s video vixen.
In recent years, she has been known for her strong and dramatic personality, memorable catchphrases, and confrontations on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Kenya is not only known for her role in reality TV but also for her involvement in various businesses ventures like acting, producing, and entrepreneurship with her hair care line. Her personal journey, including experiences like motherhood, has played a significant role in the reality TV world.
Recently, her drawn-out divorce from her estranged husband, Marc Daly, was officially finalized. Now, she’s set to make her return on the new season of RHOA.
Tiffany ‘New York’ Pollard made a lasting impact on reality TV by being authentically bold and coining the “HBIC” catchphrase. She paved the way for other female reality stars, inspiring the next generation of women on reality TV to embrace their uniqueness and assertiveness.
Over the years, she’s been on a series of spin-offs after two seasons of Flavor of Love. Recently,  she has secured roles on other reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother, Botched, and College Hill: Celebrity Edition.
Natalie Nunn is often regarded as one of the most controversial reality TV stars, achieving recognition through her role on “Bad Girls Club.” Her impactful presence led to appearances in spin-offs like BGC All-Star Battle, BGC: Redemption, Love Games, and hosting shows like “Top Ten OMG’s” & “Making it to the Mansion: ATL.”
Over the years, she has not once lost her momentum, gaining traction as a producer of her talk show “Tea Party with Natalie Nunn,” along with other successful series like “Baddies” and “Bad Boys” on the Zeus network.
Due to the show’s recent success, the “Baddies” franchise led to spin-offs like “Baddies ATL” and “Baddies South,” “Baddies East,” and “Baddies West” while “Bad Boys” inspired “Bad Boys: Los Angeles” and “Bad Boys: Houston.”
In the past year, Nicki Minaj made a reference to Natalie’s chin in “Endless Fashion,” affirming her status as one of the most influential reality TV stars.

Joseline Hernandez, also known as the Puerto Rican Princess, emerged as a dynamic and outspoken figure in the entertainment industry, gaining fame on “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

Her departure from the show left a noticeable impact on the franchise. Beyond reality TV, Hernandez has explored music, acting, and various projects, highlighting her diverse talents in the world of entertainment.

Similar to Natalie Nunn, Joseline Hernandez brought her talents to the Zeus Network, achieving success with four seasons of her own show “Joseline’s Cabaret.”
Tami Roman, an OG reality TV star from the MTV series “The Real World: Los Angeles” in the early ’90s, went on to establish herself as a prominent figure in the genre, notably as a cast member on VH1’sBasketball Wives.”
Transitioning from reality TV, Tami Roman has found success in her career as an actress, director, producer and TV host. Notably, she has excelled in recent BET movies and TV series such as “So Fly Christmas,” “Girl in The Closet,” “The Ms. Pat Show,” “Haus of Vicious,” and “Carl Weber’s The Family Business,” now streaming on Netflix.
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth is unforgettable, earning a spot on TV Guide’s list of the 60 nastiest TV villains. Her confrontational persona left an enduring impact on reality TV, making her a standout and adding drama and entertainment to the shows she was part of.
She was featured on “Girls Behaving Badly” and competed on “Fear Factor” and “The Surreal Life” in 2005. In 2008, she participated in “The Celebrity Apprentice” and provided commentary for “The Great Debate.” Collaborating with Donald Trump in June 2010, she hosted the dating show “The Ultimate Merger” on TV ONE. 
She participated in “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013, joined Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in July 2016, served on his White House staff from January 2017, and later became a contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother,” as announced in January 2018.
Currently, she is enrolled at the Southern University Law Center, showcasing her commitment to education. In 2022, she participated in the Case Classic Mock Trial Competition, and in 2023, she further demonstrated her legal skills by competing at Bloomberg Law Presents: The Crimson Cup. As far as TV, she most recently appeared in E!’s House of Villians.
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