Who Were They Before Reality TV? Reality Stars’ History Revealed

October 4, 2013  |  
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Ever wonder what Evelyn Lozada or Stevie J did before they were reality TV stars? You might be surprised to know. They had to be doing something before cameras followed their every move for us to see. Find out who these 15 reality stars were before the cameras.

Joseline Hernandez

Joseline’s past comes up quite a bit on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta, since she was an adult dancer at King of Diamonds in Miami and Onyx strip club in Atlanta. Now you know Joseline couldn’t be just any str!pper, she claims that she was a “…classic str!pper. The top-of-the-line str!pper,” in an interview with Funky Dineva. Yes, let her tell it she was the best to ever do it.

K. Michelle

K. Michelle could always sing and was making moves in the industry before she landed on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta. She attended Florida A&M University on a musical scholarship where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta. In 2008, she signed with Jive Records and released “Fallin'” and “I Just Can’t Do This,” which gained some attention. She left Jive in 2010 and is now with Warner Bros. Records.

Malaysia Pargo

If you’ve seen Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” video or “Splash Waterfalls” video by Ludacris then you’ve seen Malaysia Pargo. She portrayed a prost!tute seeking religion and a skinny dipping video vixen. She’s upgraded since her video days, having married Jannero Pargo of the Charlotte Bobcats. The two have three children together.


Draya started on the str!pper pole, became a model, video vixen, and dated Chris Brown all before joining Basketball Wives LA. Having her son at a young age taught her how to hustle and make something out of nothing early on.

Ariane Davis

Ariane Davis is a popular bartender throughout Atlanta and has been a wardrobe stylist for T-Pain. And here we thought she was just Mimi’s sidekick?

Gloria Govan

Before Basketball Wives LA, Gloria Govan was engaged to Matt Barnes, with whom she has twin sons with. At 24, she was a mother of two and the executive director of her fiancee’s foundation, Athletes Vs. Cancer.

Tasha Marbury

Tasha Marbury is an educated woman with a bachelors degree in Zoology and Nursing. She married Stephon Marbury in 2002 and they have two children together.

Stevie J

There’s a lot to say about Stevie J, so we’ll make it short. He made his money as a record producer, songwriter, singer and musician in the 90s. Y’all remember when Bad Boy Entertainment was hot, yes Stevie J was the top producer and writer for many of Diddy’s artists, particularly 112 and Notorious B.I.G. He won a Grammy for production on the Puff Daddy and Family album. He has produced for Beyonce, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and many others. He also produced Mariah Carey’s “Honey” and “Breakdown.”


Shaunie O’Neal

Before producing Basketball Wives Shaunie O’Neal was married to Shaquille O’Neal whom she divorced in 2010. The two have five children together.

Mimi Faust

Before dealing with Stevie J and all of his drama Mimi became an entrepreneur as the owner of Keep It Clean Inc., an estate and commercial cleaning service.

Evelyn Lozada

Way before Chad Ochocino and drama with the other ladies of Basketball Wives, Evelyn Lozada worked as an secretary to an entertainment attorney and became a co-owner of a shoe boutique, Dulce. She was also engaged to NBA player Antoine Walker with whom she had a ten-year relationship.

NeNe Leakes

NeNe Leakes doesn’t have any problem discussing her past. Yes, she was a str!pper before she married her husband Gregg Leakes in 1996. The two have a son together and she has an older son from a previous relationship.

Tami Roman

Basketball Wives is not Tami Roman’s first reality TV role, she was on The Real World: Los Angeles in 1993. After that time, she was married to NBA player Kenny Anderson with whom she has two daughters. She divorced Kenny and has focused her efforts on raising her daughters.

Porsha Stewart

Socialite Porsha Stewart was known throughout Atlanta for her charitable work through her grandfather Hosea Williams’ Hosea Feed the Hungry organization. She has modeled for calendars, music videos/promos and has been a religious preacher as well.

Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore is a woman who wears many hats. Before Real Housewives of Atlanta, she was Miss USA 1993 (like we could forget) and has appeared in several television series in the ’90s, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirMartin,  Living SingleDamon and The Steve Harvey Show. She went on to found Moore Vision Media, an independent movie production and home-video distribution company.

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  • Tomiko

    You would think with Tasha Marbury having a degree in Zoology and all she would be able to tame that wild animal of a husband that she has! Humping this one, humping that one, humping the cook! RI-DIC-U-LOUS!!!!

  • dezy p

    StevieJ is so fawkin hott, I swear he could get it!!!

  • Kelly

    Gloria also was a college basketball player herself, she played at the same school as barnes how they met.

  • chanela

    this list is gonna be easy. half are gonna be strippers.lol

  • Linda

    The only credible one was Kenya Moore.

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  • Just saying!!

    Awwww man I really only opened this list to see Tamar Braxton because I don’t watch reality tv like that but I am a Tamartian. She’s said before on her show that she had her own money before Vince so I’m just wondering how because all I know about is her singing backup for Toni and then doing little stuff with the Braxton’s but she said on the show that she didn’t charge Toni for singing backup so that can’t be it. Lol I want to know!! But this was an interesting article nonetheless….seeing who people were before the fame and cameras.

    • ishanikki

      Tamar , Towanda and Trina had an album out in the 90’s…. They had a single ‘So Many Ways’ and ‘The Boss’ which was a big success over seas…and she also had a solo album but it was no where near as successful as this new album 🙂 you can find some music videos on you tube…hope this helps

  • Cliff

    Tami ruined that young brother’s budding comedic career while she was on the real world. That’ll always be how I remember her. She was laughing with ol boy then tried to call him a rapist in the same breath.

    • Heeeeey

      That guy’s (David I think) comedy career wasn’t ruined. He actually went on to be the lead comedy writer for many shows and has a nice condo in Beverly Hills. Tami has said in the past that they still speak which is shocking to me.

      • Cliff

        That’s great. I’m happy for the brother. She really tried to assassinate his whole character on national tv and the whole cast went along with it. Well I guess if Tami and him speak then I shouldn’t hold anything against her. But at the time it was real wack of her to do.

    • NachoAverage

      Lol i dont think she ruined his career… But that was effed up how she got him kicked out da house knowin good & d@mn well they both was playin… SMH… I will always dislike her 4 dat shenanigan as well :-/

    • NeaJ

      “It wasn’t not funny”!!! -Tami

      • Cliff

        Right. She was saying it wasn’t funny but she was cackling the whole time. And what was the name of the white girl that was there laughing too and then she sided with Tami?

        • Nicole


        • Memi

          Cliff, hun…. shut the f#$k up.

          • DontBeMad

            He doesn’t have to. If you’re not Tami, why are you worried about it “Memi” HUN? Truth hurts sometimes. Truth is truth. Don’t be so butt hurt over it. So @Cliff, please, by all means continue if you’d like. Tami’s bullying petty ways have obviously never left her.

      • Reese

        It was Beth’s fault too

  • whatthewhat

    Porsha was a “religious preacher”. Is there another kind?

  • Billy Official

    Oohwee.. You can see Shaunie’s nose job scars in that pic!!! Lmao

  • Billy Official

    The read on Draya was spot on! I respect her and her hustle. I learned something new abt her and gained a new respect. & Gloria aint nva only 24.. STOP IT!


    “who were they before reality tv”….NOBODY

    • Billy Official


    • Bena

      They were somebodies. They had jobs and own business, small or not. What do you do???


        talkin shyt…sue me

        • Nick