Hard work and talent will only get you so far. For those craving the limelight, doing nothing at all produces faster and better results.
Nevertheless, celebs taking the shortcut towards fame need some anchor. Stir up enough controversy to keep fans and the media talking. That’s the secret!
Snooki is on everyone’s lips, yet no one knows for sure what she did to earn a golden ticket to the high life.
The 29-year-old is the perfect example that the celeb world often works according to invisible and hard to guess laws. You would probably have better luck mastering alchemy than figuring out why society needs something like Snooki.
It all started with the phenomenal Jersey Shore. However, the accolades are for the incredible ratings of the show and not for the display of deviant behavior seen there.
Short and with an obsession for artificial tanning, Snooki attempted almost anything to remain famous. From writing books to fighting for WWE Raw, nothing scared the stocky brunette.
Some would say Nicole Polizzi changed for the better after the birth of her two children. We all know that deep down inside she will always be Snooki.
The next celeb went from striptease to businesswoman and back to striptease. Fans are obsessed with her!
2. Amber Rose
Amber Rose calls herself a model, actress, and fashion designer, although we seriously doubt it was her talent that brought her fame.
It seems that dating famous rappers is the fastest method of making yourself noticed. Amber has the merit of dating Kanye West before Kim and then switching to another big name in the industry – Wiz Khalifa.
When you base your claim to fame on nothing substantial, you also need distinctive features to make it easy for the public to recognize and remember you. Amber keeps her head shaved and dyes it blonde.
Rose started stripping at the age of 15 under the pseudonym Paris. However, she soon booked her a ticket for more lucrative deals in modeling. Some say Amber Rose went full circle went she bought the L.A. “Ace of Diamonds” strip club.
What the next celeb did in the first place is a real brain teaser.
3. Phoebe Price
Phoebe Price did nothing remarkable, yet snaps of her are everywhere on the Internet.
Lacking any solid career references, we will call Phoebe a starlet and wannabe actress. What she does all day for a living is flaunt extravagant outfits, smile, and show skin to everyone willing to watch. She has been the victim of numerous so-called ‘wardrobe malfunctions,’ which turned up all to be desperate cries for attention.
When your filmography includes silly stuff like ‘Strawberries for the Homeless’ and ‘A Motor Lodge Rub’ you are far away down the alphabet from the A-list.
It’s safe to say Phoebe Price became famous for wanting so badly to be a celeb. Everything she does is to attract attention. Hollywood photographers know that they can save a bad day by tracing Phoebe and triggering her instinct to make a fool of herself.
When your brother is a Hollywood star all you have to do to get attention is nothing.
4. Stephen Baldwin
Stephen Baldwin’s only excuse for being famous is his Hollywood tycoon brother – Alec Baldwin.
Otherwise, the 50-year-old did nothing to deserve a place on the red carpet. In fact, Stephen is the black sheep of his family. Yes, it can get even worse than Alec attacking paparazzi photographers on every occasion.
Stephen’s portfolio includes personal bankruptcy and a lost lawsuit with Kevin Costner. He was also found guilty of not paying income tax between 2008 and 2010.
Stephen Baldwin makes the occasion headlines by being an overzealous born-again Christian. He claims the newly discovered spiritualism helped him overcome the challenges of recovering from drug abuse and dealing with his financial ordeal.
Reading passages from the Bible while appearing on Celebrity Big Brother is not the way to score points for being cool. Denying all odds, Stephen Baldwin continues to be a sideshow attraction that hopes to catch the big train one day.
Life is not fair. She got everything she ever wanted without lifting a single finger.
5. Nicole Richie
Being daddy’s girl doesn’t count as a talent.
However, it worked perfectly for Nicole Richie. Building upon that, she now claims to be an accomplished fashion designer, actress, and even book author.
“The Simple Life” put Nicole Richie in the same league with another talentless celeb – Paris Hilton. The two went on a rampage and did all the bad things imaginable.
Drugs, rehab, driving under the influence, eating disorders, and switching boyfriends like socks made the Hilton-Richie duet a constant candidate for the front page of tabloids. However, that happened more than ten years ago.
Nicole embraced a good girl aura since her ‘divorce’ from Paris Hilton. Even so, her early years of debauchery gave her life a flavor no one can resist. No wonder she continues to be a star despite providing nothing useful for society.
Check out the next celeb that doesn’t deserve its place on the front page!
6. Heidi Montag
Flaunting all the spicy details of your relationship in front of everyone and having that to pay the bills.
Heidi Montag is a name you probably came across too many times to be able to ignore. Wherever she goes a hoard of photographers is there to document her every oops moment.
Heidi started to climb the ladder with ‘The Hills.’ However, it was not her acting talent that counted as decisive. Heidi would probably be nowhere without the intensely mediatized relationship with Spencer Pratt.
Speidi (the name given to the couple) became a full-time job for Heidi Montag and offered fans an infinity of gossip topics. Feuds with other invented celebrities in reality shows like Big Brother made anyone pass the fact that Heidi and her husband have no real talent.
You must meet the man that gambled his way into the celeb world.
7. Rick Salomon
Men have good reasons to envy Rick Salomon.
Rick Salomon is best known as the poker player who lived the dream all the way through. He managed to win a whopping $2.8 million at the 2014 World Series of Poker.
However, by that time the lucky bastard was famous for something else. Rick enjoyed the company of some of the sexiest female celebrities, including Shannen Doherty, Paris Hilton, and Pamela Anderson.
Fans of Paris Hilton probably remember the 49-year-old as the man who appeared alongside her in the infamous sex tape. Salomon was actively involved in making the footage commercial under the name of ‘One Night in Paris.’
It doesn’t end there. The Hilton scandal made Rick even more charming for the ladies, and he managed the record of marrying Pamela Anderson twice.
Textbooks on how to get famous from doing nothing start with our next celeb.
8. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is the prototype for the celeb that did nothing to deserve the money and fame.
You could say she is the root of all evil. Three other guests on our list followed in her footsteps and benefited from close relationships with her to cheat the climb on the celebrity ladder.
Paris was born into one of the richest families in the US and inherited a good part of the Hilton empire. You could call her a businesswoman given the versatility she showed in diversifying the family portfolio. But ‘socialite’ works better to encompass what Paris Hilton did along the years.
Ranking high on Google’s search engine is a necessary first step, and Hilton’s life was for a good period the today’s equivalent of funny videos with cute babies and animals. Everyone wanted to see Paris perform and the fascination did not end there.
When daddy is a rockstar, you are a celeb from the cradle. She doesn’t deserve it!
9. Kelly Osbourne
Looking at Kelly Osbourne can give you an accurate image of the forces that will shape the celeb world in the future.
The only thing that makes Kelly noticeable is that she is the daughter of someone famous. Fans’ fascination with Ozzy Osbourne is limitless, and that’s why producers had to pack in the rest of the family.
Kelly’s unsuccessful careers as a singer and actress lead to only one conclusion. Reality television is the dumpster for celebs that are famous for no reason.
Kelly started as an odd kid in ‘The Osbournes’ and later appeared on her own in ‘Fashion Police.’ The 32-year-old is a regular guest in various talk-shows, bringing her nonsense to millions of ears.
Doing nothing helped Kelly Osbourne accumulate a net worth of $15 million. The showbiz mechanism at its best!
Luck ran out for our next lady. She still holds an undeserved place on front pages.
10. Teresa Giudice
Teresa Giudice adds a unique flavor to our list.
The former real housewife served 11 months in prison for various counts of fraud. The judge made it clear that law is the same even when celebs stand accused.
The 44-year-old made a name for herself through various reality television programs. The breakthrough came with “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and even allowed her to author books that made it all the way to the New York Times’ bestseller list.
Giudice was like butter on bread for tabloid media. The most mundane details of her lifestyle became crucial topics of debate. Everyone was so caught up in the charade that no one bothered to ask what Teresa’s real merits are.
The next celeb acted shamelessly, and that what exactly what people wanted to see.
11. Farrah Abraham
Farrah Abraham turned her bad luck into an irresistible topic for tabloid media.
Last time we checked being a teenage single mother was not a reason for pride. However, Farrah fulminant rise to fame threatens to change taboos and what society considers normal.
Everyone laughed when Farrah Abraham turned up alone at ‘Couples Therapy.’ But it was her sex tape that launched her into orbit, making us question the incredibly low morality that showbiz tolerates nowadays.
Farrah’s latest attempt to shock was claiming an Uber driver assaulted her. The poor man (yes, we assume gender) probably just liked her social media page while driving.
Check out the next celeb that has virtually no merits for being there!
12. Tila Tequila
It’s hard to say what made Tila Tequila such an enduring success story.
The Singapore-born starlet got her name after experimenting with alcohol at a very early age. The nickname proved decisive to popularize her numerous features in men’s magazines.
Tila’s took off once MTV enlisted her for the first bisexual-themed dating show. ‘A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila’ redefined the rules of is politically-correct to show on television almost ten years.
Tila lost points on the popularity scales after her Nazi-related comments on Facebook. That controversy got her eliminated from Celebrity Big Brother after just one day.
She is so famous, people no longer bother asking why.
13. Kim Kardashian
A poll amongst the almost 100 million followers Kim has on Instagram might reveal something shocking.
Few of them know what made this Kardashian famous in the first place. Let’s give you a hint. It is something we all do but would feel completely uncomfortable with others seeing and sharing over the Internet.
Kim started off on the same orbit with Hilton. Two stars sharing the same attention never works well. Once she learned the tools of the trade, she went off to create her own universe.
You could say that Kim Kardashian used the sex-tape method with an even bigger success than Paris. The temporary shame she felt faded away once the avalanche of interest coming her way was on the horizon.
Marrying Kanye West gave everything bigger proportions. Scientists are still baffled by the inflationary tendencies of Kim’s success. And all of that without sweating once.
A problematic marriage guaranteed him a place in the history books.
14. Kevin Federline
Kevin Federline is the classic example of what happens when a no-name arrives in the gravitational pull of one of the big stars.
Federline was nothing more than a backup dancer, even though he worked for big names like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and, Pink. He would probably be now living one paycheck to another if it wasn’t for his relationship with Britney Spear.
The three years spent together decorated Kevin with enough glitter to remain a celeb even after the painful breakup of 2007. The fact that he emerged the victim in the relationship and later won the custody of the two children made Federline’s claim to fame highly sustainable. You will be amazed to know Britney has to pay him child support.
A poor critical reaction followed the only album Federline released. That makes him a hobbyist rapper rather than a professional. People keep on talking about him.
The next celeb used his daughter to score fame. The worse kind of father!
15. Michael Logan
Our list showed so far that if are lucky enough to be born into a famous family you don’t have lift a single muscle.
For Michael Logan, it worked the other way around. Besides his kinship with Lindsey, we can’t spot anything else noteworthy. Michael started as a Wall Street trader and ended up a TV personality, building upon his daughter’s bad reputation.
Michael Logan simply couldn’t go unnoticed once tabloid media learned just how marketable the Lindsey Lohan topic could be. His on and off relationship with wife Dina and repeated problems with the law acted as the perfect filler for the periods when Lindsey went to rehab or managed to stay under the radar.
Calling Michael Logan a bad parent is a mild way of putting it. The man was not ashamed to earn good bucks by going on public rants about Lindsey’s misery and her strained relationship with Dina.
She attempted a career in music but simply could not keep up with more talented brother and sister.
16. La Toya Jackson
La Toya Jackson’s celeb status has more to do with her turbulent personal life than talent.
Well, we might reformulate that a bit. When you share the same parents with Michel Jackson and Janet Jackson, it is impossible not to make your voice remarked.
The “Heart Don’t Lie” album was probably the high point of her career. After that everything fell apart.
Jackson misfortune has a lot to do with her manager and later boyfriend, Jack Gordon. He has the ‘merit’ of encouraging La Toya to break it with the rest of the family. What followed was a forced marriage that made headlines through violence and abuse.
Photos of black-eyed La Toya were soon forgotten once the celeb manifested the same addiction towards plastic surgery that turned Michael into a monster. Just look at that nose!
The next hot celeb that did nothing special might help you better understand global warming.
17. Yanet Garcia
The weather has been hotter than usual in Mexico for the last couple of years. However, that’s not due to global warming.
Yanet Garcia is that weather girl that shows up everywhere on the Internet. The 26-year-old acts like a magnet for the male side of the audience, which naturally tunes in not for the daily forecast.
There is a long way to go between presenting the weather bullet and having 4 million followers on Instagram. However, that was a pleasant journey for Yanet and her fans. Hundreds of sexy snaps proved the Mexican beauty queen in generous with her cohort of social media followers.
Yanet represents a living proof that the border wall between Mexico and the US is not a bright idea. Why in the world would you deny entry to such a lovely senorita?
You met her earlier. She made the entire family famous for completely no reason.
18. The Kardashian Family
Keeping up with the Kardashians has become such a reflex it is hard to remember what made them famous in the first place.
Those who despise going back in time for answers can continue to believe Kim Kardashian started it all. It what Robert Kardashian the first who brought the family name of the news ticker.
Robert was one of the lawyers that pulled a bewildering ‘not guilty’ verdict in the infamous O.J. Simpson murder case. The trial was by far the highlight of 1995 regarding news coverage, and people became obsessed with everything that had to do with it.
The Kardashian snowball started when Kim was just a 15-year-old no name. She has the merit of blowing everything out of proportions with her sex tape scandal and everything that followed.
The rest of the family was there to pick up the spoils, and they continue to do so, despite doing no good to humanity.