Tuned In: The Finest Men On Reality TV
We have some of the most interesting discussions in our offices. I was out of town last week but when I returned, my coworkers informed me that they had a very spirited discussion about the most attractive and unattractive people in reality television. I won’t share who we didn’t find attractive. That wouldn’t be nice but I’ll give you a little peek into the list of fine brothas. (This list just so happens to be all black men.) What I learned from this conversation is that standards of beauty and attractiveness are completely subjective. My coworkers were making suggestions I really could not support, some of these picks made this list; but then again, they didn’t like everyone I suggested either. So without further adieu, let’s jump in and see who made the cut. If your favorite reality star cutie didn’t make the list, be sure to leave his name in the comments section.
Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that this list is based on physical looks alone! Some of the men listed have some disgusting personal flaws but we’re just discussing the physical…and nothing else.
Joe Budden, Love and Hip Hop New York
Joey Budden. Even though he played the mess out of both Kaylin and Tahiry, we couldn’t help but notice that this struggle rapper is very easy on the eyes. The bald head, goatee and those kissable, pink lips of his make him one we love to watch, even if we know he’s not right. Also his speaking voice is soo hot! Too bad he don’t know how to act.
Peter Thomas, Real Housewives of Atlanta
Whew Peter! Now, we know that Peter is a bit long in tooth for most of us. And while we don’t necessarily see ourselves being with Mr. Thomas, we can appreciate a nice looking, older man. That grey goatee against his deep mahogany skin is so smooth. We know that back in the day Peter probably broke a few hearts.
Apollo Nida, Real Housewives of Atlanta
Now, folks have long speculated over Apollo’s sexuality. Really, it matters not. Whether Phaedra is his beard or not, you can’t deny that brotha is fine and they certainly appear happy together considering they like to tongue each other down in public. Nice body. Nice face. Phaedra’s doing alright for herself in the husband department.
Lil Scrappy, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta
I know a select few of you might need to pick your jaw up off your keyboard, but hear me out. Lil Scrappy, for all his ratchetness, is too fine to me. The big, innocent eyes, full lips and the classic smile make me swoon. Now, if he could just be honest with the women in his life and tell his mother to take a seat…
Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson, Basketball Wives Miami
Now, remember what I said about this not being about personality. Even taking that into consideration though, I must let you know that this man right here was not my pick. But my coworkers swore that he needed to be on the list. While I wouldn’t say that Chad is unattractive, there’s nothing particularly special about him with the exception of his super toned body. But to each her own. I guess they might dig his skin tone…or something. Do you agree with their assessment is Ocho Cinco fine?
Terrell Owens, The T.O. Show
I think Terrell, despite his lack of character, is quite attractive. All of the qualities I think my coworkers see in Ocho Cinco are very apparent in Terrell. The skin, the smile, the body. He’s gorgeous.
Alton Williams, The Real World
Alton always came off as kind of a cornball on The Real World. He was a bit immature and could never quite figure out what he wanted to do with Irulan. (Remember when they were wrestling with each other?!) Anyway, even though his corniness kept us from being completely attracted to him, his incredible good looks couldn’t be ignored. And the thing about Alton is that he’s gotten better with age. When he was on The Real World he had a very boyish look and now, as you can see in the picture above, he’s grown up quite nicely.
Edgerton “Ed” Hartwell, Real Housewives of Atlanta
Aww is anyone else still said that Lisa Wu’s marriage to Edgerton “Ed” Hartwell didn’t work out? It’s always a terrible thing when a marriage fails; but it’s even worse when your former husband looks something like this. *Googles to find out if Ed is still single*
Clifford “T.I.” Harris, T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle
We’ve been checking for T.I. loooong before he hit the reality tv circuit. Although T.I. is shorter than the average man, his steez, his swag, his je ne sais quoi is unmatched. And the physical is not half bad either. A baby cherub gets his wings every time T.I. smiles. And the great thing is that instead of discouraging us from liking him, seeing him interact with his family has made his appeal that much greater.
Richard “Rich Dollaz” Trowers, Love and Hip Hop New York
Though Rich Dollaz certainly has questionable taste in women, I still find him very attractive. I can’t quite put my finger on it; but I know the day I saw him cry over Olivia, telling her he loved her, I knew he was something like a good dude. And so I started looking at his physical features–where I never cared before. I don’t really know what it is I like about Rich, the brotha looks good with his hair lined up and he has a really nice smile. Am I alone on this one?
William “Will” Gilbert, The Real World
I have long since stopped watching The Real World but news of Will’s fineness could not be kept secret. Though I’ve never seen a single episode from his season, the 20th one in Hollywood, from 2008, the internets and women alike were buzzing about his good looks. And I must admit they were right. Love the hair, seemingly nice body and the smile is working for him.
Mendeecees, Love and Hip Hop New York
Since Mendeecees was acquitted of all child molestation charges, we feel comfortable about discussing his good looks. Though he wouldn’t have been my personal choice, I can see why the ladies didn’t want to leave him off the list. Maybe his curly hair and boyish smile got to them. I will say though that there was something very attractive about him attempting to strangle Yandy’s cousin when he wouldn’t remove those inappropriate pictures of her from his Instagram. *No judgement.*
Darrell Taylor, Road Rules
I don’t ever remember watching Road Rules. I’m still not clear on the premise of the show. It seemed like it was a Real World that traveled. And while I had never seen the show, I definitely remember meeting Mr. Darrell Taylor during the Real World/Road Rules challenge. I don’t have to expound on his looks, you can see for yourself that the man is a looker. And his personality was pretty boring–which in reality tv terms means he was “normal” like most of us.
Ezra “Buddha” Masters, I Love New York
To this day, I still don’t understand why New York didn’t pick Buddha. Clearly, the show was 90 percent fabricated. but I still don’t know how a woman looks at a man like Buddha and a man like Tailor Made and chooses the latter. It defies logic. Buddha has great skin, rippling muscles (who doesn’t love a man who can pick you up?!) and a killer smile. Plus he seemed to be the only man who could communicate with New York. But she missed out and Buddha’s career was catapulted because of the show. He went on to model and even act. Did anyone else catch him in Zane’s Sex Chronicles?