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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