22 Reality TV Stars Who Became Major Celebrities

With American Idol having bid adieu after 15 seasons, Project Runway currently in its 15th season, and America's Next Top Model preparing for its season 23 premiere, it's hard to keep track of even the most talented contestants on reality competition shows. Many of these shows' winners enjoyed a brief brush with fame, then quickly sank back into oblivion. But over the past two decades, there have been stars who have transcended their reality competition origins, establishing themselves as major forces in their respective fields. In some cases, the public forgot they were ever associated with reality competition shows in the first place!

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From singer and dancer Nicole Scherzinger to fashion designer Christian Siriano, find out which powerhouses owe much of their success to the exposure granted by reality competition shows. 

 

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