“Reality TV is the new hustle. That’s just the honest truth,” Kiesha told S2S. “I applaud every artist that is open to showing themselves,” she said.
When the reality TV craze first hit more than a decade ago, programs featured everyday folks. “Real World,” “Survivor,” “America’s Next Top Model” and “The Apprentice” are just a few that starred relative unknowns. Then, celebrities, like Monica Brown, Keyshia Cole, Brandy and Fantasia started popping up with their own series.
The trend hasn’t ended. Nearly every member of the ‘90s group Xscape has starred in her own reality show, and “R&B Divas” groups former solo artists together.
“People are interested in celebrities whether they’re old celebrities or new celebrities,” said the new mom. “Being able to use it to promote yourself is the new thing.”
Kiesha speaks from the point of view of someone who achieved fame before TV, but NeNe, Evelyn Lozada and Mariah Huq represent a group of stars who owe a great deal of their popularity to reality series.
No matter if you were already known or if reality TV is the reason for your success, Kiesha said it’s not always easy to share your life with the world, and she received some criticism for allowing the “Pregnant and Dating” cameras into her life.
“It’s not easy. People are so judgmental these days. You’d be surprised how many people see me on the street and have something to say about this show…some good, some bad, but to me, it’s all good,” she said. “As long as I’m working hard, keeping myself safe, keeping my child safe and supporting us…I don’t care what anybody else thinks.”
What’s next for Kiesha? Find out in the September 2013 issue of Sister 2 Sister.