Besides social media, no medium gives us a more in-depth look at life in the spotlight than reality television. The likes of Tia and Tamera, SWV, and Toni Braxton turn down the glitz and glam to reveal that celebrities really are “just like us” — family drama and all. Now that Flex and Shanice are joining in the ranks of celebrity reality stars, we’re taking a look at celebs who have revealed their personal lives for the cameras.
Traci, Evelyn, Toni, Towanda, Tamar and Trina Braxton (not pictured) give us a first-hand look into their family dynamics on their wildly successful reality show Braxton Family Values.
The bubbly couple lets cameras in on life as a “broke celebrity” in the OWN reality show Flex and Shanice. Kudos to their honesty!
A former member of XScape, Burruss is now a star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and has had two spin-off reality shows on Bravo, The Kandi Factory and Kandi’s Wedding.
The beloved twins we’ve watched growing up had their own reality show —Tia and Tamera — on the Style Network. The ended it in January 2014 after three seasons.
For four seasons we loved being voyeurs in the fabulous life of Kimora Lee Simmons on her show Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane. The show ended in 2011.
Featuring a successful family and ambitious children, hip-hop icon Rev. Run’s family reality show, Run’s House, earned obvious comparions to The Cosby Show. Through six seasons we got to watch Rev. Run and wife Justine Simmons raise Vanessa, Angela, Jojo, Diggy, and Russy.
T.I. and Tiny’s family-friendly VH1 reality show Family Hustle (2011) earned them comparisons to the Rev. Run’s family. It’s currently in its fourth season.
Songbird Keyshia Cole’s reality show career thrived along with her music. She has starred in two shows — The Way It Is (2008) and Family First (2012) — both of which chronicled her family life. She’s currently working on her third reality show, slated to premiere in 2015.
Whitney and Bobby both appeared on the ill-fated Bravo reality show Being Bobby Brown in 2005. It’s where we first got to hear Houston say her famous “Hell to the no” line.
LaLa Anthony has revealed her hectic life as a wife, mother and career woman on her VH1 reality series, LaLa’s Full Court Life, for five seasons.
Monica chronicled her return to the spotlight and life as a single mother on her BET reality show, Still Standing (2006).
Public Enemy hypeman Flavor Flav’s show Flavor of Love (2006) ran for three seasons and became one of VH1’s most watched programs.
Brandy and her brother Ray-J hashed out their family drama on their reality show, Brandy and Ray-J: A Family Business (2010). Ray-J also had his own dating reality show, For the Love of Ray-J (2009) and currently stars on VH1’s Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood.
Ice-T and wife Coco have starred in the E! reality show Ice Loves Coco (2011) for three seasons.
America’s Next Top Model alumni Toccara tried to find love on the Donald Trump-produced reality dating game show The Ultimate Merger (2011).
We watched the American Idol winner work through many struggles—including a suicide attempt—on two seasons of her reality show, Fantasia For Real (2010).
We got a glimpse of the hip hop mogul’s hectic life juggling his career, fatherhood and spirituality on his reality show, Running Russell Simmons, which aired for one season.
For three seasons the sisters give us an intimate look into their lives as they make tough decisions about marriage and their careers on Mary, Mary.
The musicial couple work to find the perfect balance between marriage, parenthood and fame in their lip-popping series, Tamar & Vince on WeTV.
Our favorite 90’s R&B group shows us how much is at stake when trying to get back on top nearly fifteen years later in SWV Reunited on WeTv.
From Love and Hip Hop Atlanta to Love and Hip Hop New York the soulful singer has finally landed her own show following her journey to the new K in the VH1 series, K. Michelle: My Life.
The legendary supermodel showcased life after the spotlight on her OWN reality show, Beverly’s Full House, co-starring her daughter Anansa Sims.
The enigmatic singer let camaeras in on her life as a Jackson on Life with Latoya on OWN.