What’s the easiest route to entrepreneurial superstardom? Scoring a featured role on reality television – obviously.
The days of laboring over the details of business plans, then crossing your fingers hoping for financing and loans are so totally last century.
These days you need a headshot, an agent, an audition, and a reality show!
Then, let the branding begin!
Here is our list of some of our favorite “real” strong woman who turned their TV notoriety into big businesses.
Bethenny Frankel, 41
“The Real Housewives of New York” star, turned reality spin-off darling, turned best-selling author, has just squarely (albeit awkwardly) landed as host of her own day time talk show.
She also has a random assortment of products under her SkinnyGirl label: there is the low cal line of cocktails, a workout series, nutritional supplements, a foldable yoga mat and shape shifting underwear.
So get drunk, eat right, work out and look hot. Thanks Bethenny!
Lauren Conrad, 26
The blonde California beauty worked her way into our hearts on “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” then “The Hills.”
Now with her two fashion lines LC by Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown, and a beauty website The Beauty Department, she’s worked her way solidly into our closets.
She also wrote a (sort of) fictional series of novels chronicling a young woman’s adventures in reality TV.
We love this perpetual nice girl. And her clothes!
Kat Von D, 30
The world’s most recognizable tattooed hottie started her reality career on “Miami Ink” before launching her own West Coast show/shop, “LA Ink.”
She is the bestselling author of a couple of books featuring her artwork, has her own line of make-up and fragrances for Sephora, created the MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival (it’s exactly what it sounds like it would be), and has the Wonderland Gallery that adjoins her High Voltage Tattoo shop.
This is one artist that’s made being badass pan out pretty darn good.
Jillian Michaels, 38
The meanest while somehow still reaming most likable trainer on TV, went from the “Biggest Loser,” to “Losing It With Jillian,” to a regular segment on “The Doctors.”
Her shed-the-fat-and-the-BS product empire includes a ton of work out DVD’s, nutritional and exercise plans, an arm band that tracks your physical activity levels, books, exercise equipment, work out apparel designed for K Swiss, dietary supplements, a video game and an app.
Whoa, it’s a workout just typing about this fitness guru!
And speaking of working out….
These women’s current endeavors were spring boarded by primetime airplay, but no one can deny that they work hard for their money.
They took the opportunities provided to them and ran, like marathon style.
Nice work ladies!