These Over-The-Top Personalities Have Given Us Some Of Our Favorite Reality TV Moments
While Latinos have been shut out of reality TV for the first decade of its genre, we have seriously exploded on the screen. Can you even imagine a world where Cardi B., Joseline Herandez or Carmen Carrera weren’t household names?
Here are the Latinos who carry their shows!
1. Cardi B., “Love & Hip Hop New York”
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She used to strip right across from her school and worked her way into Billboard’s top charts. We can thank #LHHNY for introducing Cardi B’s Dominican realness to the show and all the bangers that have blossomed with it.
2. Evelyn Lozada, “Basketball Wives”
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This Boricua made her claim to fame with basketball star Carl Crawford on “Basketball Wives,” but she’s working her spin-off, “Livin’ Lozada.” …and she’s here for Cardi B, too.
3. Joseline Hernandez, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”
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Presenting thee Puerto Rican Princess of reality TV. Hernandez quit #LHHATL in a firestorm. If you missed her, prepare yourself for her new spinoff: “Joseline Takes Miami.”
4. Patricia De León, “Rica Famosa Latina”
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She’s a Panamanian bombshell (read: beauty pageant winner), actress and TV host. In the latest season of Rica, “Famosa, Latina,” Patricia De Léon is living life unfiltered and was recorded getting into a physical fight with Luzelba Mansour.
5. Luzelba Mansour, “Rica Famosa Latina”
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The two of them were seen at dinner when Patrica De León attempted to throw water in her face, but when Mansour went to defend herself, her arm was sliced open. The star needed 30 stitches. Ouch!
6. Bianca Espada, “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”
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She’s the newest addition to “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,” and we love seeing rich Latinas as close to IRL as it gets. Spoiler alert: she’s the best new cast member.
7. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, “dThe Jersey Shore”
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Snooki is the long lived queen of making out with guidos and doing whatever tf she wants on “The Jersey Shore.” This babe is reppin’ Chileans on show and has since had a family of her own.
8. Jwoww, “The Jersey Shore”
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Snooki’s BFF, JWoww is half Spanish and half Irish. These are the only photos in existence where they are not attached at the hip. JK (but seriously, #friendgoals).
9. Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, “The Jersey Shore”
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Half Puerto-Rican, half Italian, Ortiz-Magro is 100 percent guido Puerto Rican, and has a short temper to prove it. We love Ortiz-Magro for being proud of his roots on and off the air!
10. Laurie Hernandez, “Dancing with the Stars”
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At only 16, and already a gold medalist gymnast in the freakin’ Olympics, Laurie was a favorite to begin with and became the first Latina to WIN “Dancing with the Stars!” Get it, Laurie!
11. Carmen Carrera, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
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Try to find us not talking about Carmen Carrera, the Puerto-Rican Peruvian goddess originally found on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Carmen has since come out as trans and is modeling for some huge brand names both commercially and on the runway! Get it, girl!
12. Paula Abdul, “American Idol”
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We grew up watching Paula try to be the balanced judge on “American Idol,” but her famedom goes way back to being a star cheerleader for the LA Lakers and top choreographer. Thank you for your service, Abdul.
13. Cyn Santana, “Love & Hip Hop New York”
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Cyn Santana is an Afro-Latina, of Salvadorian and Dominican descent. We know her from “Love & Hip Hop,” but she’s still telling people like it is long after her departure. Like that time trolls told her her nose was getting “too big” during her pregnancy and called the troll out.
14. JR Martinez, “Dancing with the Stars”
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When he was just 19, Martinez was on a routine patrol with the U.S. Army, when he suffered major burns across a third of his body and face. Since then he’s become a motivational speaker, father, actor AND the Season 13 winner of “Dancing with the Stars.”
15. Juan Pablo Galavis, “The Bachelor”
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After 11 years of programming, Juan Pablo Galavis was the very first bachelor of color in the show’s history. An ex-soccer player who grew up in Venezuela, people super hated him when he didn’t truly fall in love with anyone after spending, like, 40 hours with them. Can you blame him?
16. Adore Delano, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
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Danny Noriega (Adore Delano) was one of the first openly gay contestants on “American Idol.” Now, she’s a well-rounded Renaissance Queen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” With the voice, the looks, and the diva presence, we hope becomes a permanent fixture of the show.
17. Yara Sofia, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
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Yara Sofia is the Puerto Rican drag queen we all aspire to be. She’s so fierce that she was invited back for the All Stars season, even though there may have been a lip syncing debacle. We’re here for her.
18. Amara La Negra, “Love & Hip Hop Miami”
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She’s Dominican, she’s black and she’s damn proud of where she comes from and where she’s going. We love her from #LHHMIA, and, now we get to hear her on Spotify! You better go support.
19. Christina Milian, “Christina Milian Turned Up”
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Esa Cubana has her own reality TV show after becoming a breakthrough songwriter/singer, dating Nick Cannon for a few years, and even starring in “Be Cool” with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Christina has had a well-rounded career and now we get to see how she does it all on her own show!
20. Rogelio de la Vega, “The De La Vega-Factor Factor”
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Oh, how I wish we could bear witness to this (#fakenews) “Jane the Virgin” reality TV show starring character Rogelio de la Vega and his fake wife, The High Dollar Matchmaker. Good thing we have a zillion other reality TV shows to keep us busy!