The Other Side of Reality TV

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It seems there’s always a reality star in the media these days, and very seldom is it to celebrate their successes and achievements. More often than not, it is to parade their failures for the discontented masses to feast on.

I’ve always been somewhat of an observer, often opting a restaurant table or park bench where I can sit and watch people go by. Judging by the absolute explosion in the popularity of youtubers these days who are basically filming and uploading their own reality show online, I am not the only one.

I really started to get into some of these shows when I started to want to find myself, and began “window shopping” for who I wanted to be (see my recent post “Window Shopping for the Soul?” to see what I’m talking about).

I am no fool, a large portion of the content of these shows is highly manipulated and carefully edited to tell the story that will get the most views. The selection of reality stars in each group is no different, with some being cast purely to stir the pot. This doesn’t dismiss the fact that all are very successful in their own right, and everyone has their own struggle, no matter what walk of life they come from.

However, there is usually at least one stand-out star in the bunch whose genuine and admirable (I think) qualities shine through to me, and I have watched on, being motivated and inspired by the way they handled themselves, their careers, and personal lives, and all while being followed around by the world.

I have listed a few of these below, but please note, I have only listed shows and facts that I could think of off the top of my head. This is not meant to be an extensive bio!

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Bethenny Frankel: Mother, Author, Entrepreneur, chef and star on the Real Housewives of New York, and The Apprentice
  • Kandi Buruss-Tucker: Wife, mother, singer, songwriter, record producer, mega-entrepreneur/queen of her empire and star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • RuPaul Andre Charles: Actor, Drag Queen, singer, songwriter, and producer and host of Ru Paul’s drag race (along with soo many of the brave, creative and motivated contestants on the show, that there’s no sense in listing them all)
  • Erika Gerardi: Wife,  mother, singer, actress and star of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Seeing a pattern here are we? Strong, independent men and women, who aren’t afraid to work hard, stand up for what they believe in, and be themselves no matter what? These are some qualities I can get behind.

Do I know if they’re genuine or not? Obviously not, I’ve never met these people before in my life. But have you ever been inspired by a character in a movie? a cartoon? a fairytale? I don’t think it matters where your inspiration comes from, it’s what you do with it.

I hope you’re having a fantastic day! Make the most of every second!

 

Laveena

 

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