From Elizabeth Hurley To Rita Ora: 15 Women Who Got (And Stayed) Famous By Dating A Celebrity

September 29, 2015  |  
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Kim Kardashian may have had the most success turning a relationship with a celebrity into an empire (hey, Ray J), but she’s not alone. These women catapulted a relationship with a celebrity into a full-time career.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen’s career rose to new heights when she started dating John Legend, and she knows it. “I got so lucky that I met John, who propelled my career. I’m not delusional: that definitely helped.”

Coco Austin

Before Coco Austin met Ice-T, she was a lingerie model for events in the Playboy Mansion. But not only did she land herself a famous rapper, the couple turned their relationship into a reality TV show that made “Coco” a household name.

Amber Rose

Amber Rose first started garnering attention as the blonde beauty with a buzz cut on Kanye West’s arm back in 2008. But fast forward to 2015. Amber Rose has several social media campaigns, a new reality show on the way, and a clear path to success as a single lady.

Blac Chyna

Blac Chyna found her way to fame after dating ex-boyfriend and rapper Tyga. Now — when she’s not making headlines by taking jabs at Tyga’s new boo, Kylie Jenner — she’s promoting a bevvy of beauty businesses and prepping for a reality show alongside her BFF Amber Rose.

Elizabeth Hurley

Before she was the Elizabeth Hurley, she was known as the girl on Hugh Grant’s arm at the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere in 1994. But when she wore this dress on the red carpet, Hurley’s name was on everyone’s lips — and her career skyrocketed.

Karrueche Tran

Not all celebrity relationships are great for your career. Karrueche Tran was a lesser-known stylist and model before she started dating Chris Brown. Unfortunately, now she’s famous for an on-again-off-again relationship that puts her name in the tabloids more for drama than positivity.

Tameka Raymond

Tameka Raymond may have been married to Usher Raymond for two years, but the former Mrs. Raymond didn’t start making headlines until the former couple’s nasty divorce hit the tabloids. Now the former celebrity stylist is a star in her own right — kind of — thanks to Atlanta Exes.

Kevin Federline

No one could have picked former backup dancer Kevin Federline out of a lineup before he married Britney Spears and starred alongside her in Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. Since then, he’s been on enough reality shows to make K. Fed a name we won’t soon forget.

Tahiry Jose

Dating Joe Budden was what landed Tahiry Jose on Love & Hip Hop New York. But now that she and Budden are no longer together, Jose has parlayed her brush with fame into her own brand of beauty and fashion lines.

Suki Waterhouse

Model Suki Waterhouse had been flirting with fame, but showing up on Bradley Cooper’s arm on the red carpet for the two years they dated was what propelled her career. Now Waterhouse is a popular model, actress and even a photographer.

Rita Ora

Breaking up with Rob Kardashian may have been bad for his heart, but it was great for Ora’s career. Her pre-Kardashian singles struggled to chart. But after her ex accused her of cheating with “nearly 20 dudes” during their nasty and public split, Rita Ora became a buzzworthy name. After that, her music and style moves started to garner attention.

Scott Disick

Scott Disick was just another New York City socialite before he started dating Kourtney Kardashian on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And now that it looks like they might be over for good, everyone’s wondering what’s next for the volatile Disick.

Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest

Julianne Hough was already a well-known dancer on Dancing With the Stars. But after she started dating Ryan Seacrest, the blonde was suddenly everywhere. She since turned her notoriety and years as a star on DWTS into an acting career.

Gloria Govan

Gloria Govan was just another basketball player’s wife — until her marriage earned her a spot on Basketball Wives. Now that her relationship with Matt Barnes is kaput, everyone’s curious to see what’s next for Gloria Govan and her sister Laura Govan, who also split from former NBA star Gilbert Arenas.

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