The reformation of the reality tv star: 7 of the best transformations
Before the fitness DVDs, families and fashion forward makeovers...
1. Vicky Pattison
Vicky made a name for herself on the trashiest reality TV show of them all – MTV's Geordie Shore. Viewers of the show witnessed loud-mouthed Pattison (28) excessively drinking, partying and brawling with her co-stars; but since her departure from the show in 2014, she is on a one woman campaign to chance public perception about her. Like all great reality TV doyennes, Vicky released a fitness DVD, entitled, ‘Vicky Pattison’s 7 Day Slim’ but it was her appearance on I’m A Celeb in 2015 that marked a turning point in her career.
Not only did she go on to win and become Queen of the Jungle, but the public fell in love her for her honesty and no-holds-barred authenticity. The drama graduate even went on to secure a place as a panelist on Loose Women and her newly refined image has been tied together with an updated and sophisticated dress sense - including longer hemlines and high necks. Impressive.
2. Lucy Mecklenburgh
Former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh’s reformation has definitely been a fashionable one. When we were first introduced to the petite 24-year-old through her friendship with co-star Lydia Bright, Lucy was cast as the epitome of Essex excess – Essexess, if you will. Skin-tight Hervé Leger knock-offs were the order of the day, combined with vertiginous platform heels and copious amounts of tousled, flowing hair extensions - all offset by a shade of tan than would be more at home in a bucket of Ronseal than on a human body.
Fast-forward a couple of years and with the likely help of a stylist, Mecklenburgh’s post-TOWIE look is decidedly less brash and dare we say it – chic? With the launch of her eponymous boutique, Lucy upped her style game ten fold and now favours a more high-fashion aesthetic. She is a Fashion Week regular and now sports an en vogue ‘lob’ (long bob), favours designers such as Peter Pilotto and has even signed with the prestigious Select Model Management.
When Rylan came to public prominence as a contestant on the X Factor in 2012, the Essex native did so in a blaze of weeping hysteria and with an onslaught of hyperbolic reactions to absolutely everything. His notorious stint on the show was marred by constant criticism from both the public and the judges that he was nothing more than a comedy or novelty act with his extravagant stage performances. Remember his Spice Girls’ Olympics tribute performance?
Yet, Rylan proved the naysayers wrong, not only managing to finish fifth in the competition, but also going on to enjoy a hugely successful career as a TV presenter. In 2013, he won Celebrity Big Brother and as the public fell in love with him all over again (or for the firs time in some cases). His reinvention was complete by landing coveted presenting jobs on This Morning and hosting Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. And toning down the fake tan a few shades.
4. Millie Mackintosh
She is undoubtedly Made in Chelsea’s most successful star and the newly single (sadface) Ms Mackintosh has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity since leaving the show after series five in 2013. As part of the privileged Sloane Rangers set, Millie has worked had to shed the associations of her background to become a serious businesswoman - with a beauty range and growing business empire. And it seems to be working - her range of false eyelashes thought to be taking in over £1m a year.
This figure excludes the star’s other endorsement deals and fashion collaborations as well as her own clothing line ‘Made by Millie’. Just like Mecklenburgh, Mackintosh is also singed to Select Model Management and has enjoyed a reputation as something of a clotheshorse and is a permanent fixture on the London fashion scene.
5. Calum Best
Calum has had a notoriously tumultuous relationship with the media thanks to his predilection for partying and womanising ways. He made a name for himself on reality TV shows such as Celebrity Love Island and Calum, Fran and Dangerous Danan and more recently, on the 2013 series of Celebrity Big Brother in. In his earlier years, Best’s reputation was presented in a less than savoury manner, but in the last number of years, he has successfully navigated a complete U-turn in the public’s perception of him.
Rebranding himself as a clean-living, gym-going businessman, the 35-year-old star has immeasurably matured and transformed himself – both mentally and physically. The former party boy's physical appearance has significantly changed thanks to his regular workoutsym and he recently opened his very own gym, entitled Best Life. His eponymous perfume line, available to both men and women, has also enjoyed a surprisingly considerable amount of commercial success.
6. Georgia Penna
Speaking of Calum, there was a time when he and Irish model Georgia Penna (nee Salpa) were Ireland's 'It' couple and that time was 2011. After meeting on the set of TV3's now-defunct Celebrity Salon, the half Greek photocall queen briefly dated Best, immediately after his peak bad-boy phase. The genetically blesssed beauty then tried her hand at UK stardom, appearing in - you guessed it - Celebrity Big Brother in 2012. Since then, she has since wed her long-term partner and welcomed twin boys in December, preferring to live life out of the limelight and instead keep her combined 1.4m social media followers up to date with her day-to-day life.
7. Vogue Williams
We first met Vogue on Fade Street in 2010 - it was dubbed 'Ireland's answer to The Hills' which followed four young women trying to make it in Dublin. Vogue was working as a DJ and model at the time and while she still features those two key factors on her CV - she works on a much bigger scale now. Fast forward six years and a marriage (and split) from Brian McFadden, Vogue is one of Ireland's hottest presenters, landing a string of gigs on RTE and is also make a name for herself in the UK market. And to think, it all started with a tete a tete with former co-star Louie Johnston on who would get to go to Oxegen.