Still from Flavor of Love, “InterroGitted”, (Season 1, Episode 6, 2006.)
While the list of celebrities who rose to fame from reality television is now very high, the best star from reality television will always be New York, who is best known for her appearance on the show Flavor of Love. Perhaps the reason that New York is so memorable is due to her to her frequent crazy antics, her feistiness, and for always speaking her mind. New York was the most interesting contestant on Flavor of Love by far, and was even more enjoyable to watch than the star of the show, Flavor Flav.
A clear departure from the innocent days of when people found amusement in sitcoms like the Andy Griffith Show, Flavor of Love is in many ways, the epitome of why many people criticize reality television. The show used the format of the Bachelor, yet unlike the Bachelor or Bachelorette, which have a new bachelor or bachelorette every season, Flavor of Love had three seasons, all which Flavor Flav was the bachelor, meaning, *spoiler alert* Flav and the winners of the first two seasons (and unsurprisingly the third) don’t stay together. Although the show is a very far step away from television with any class or moral standards, the episodes with New York are worth watching.
Because she was a fan favorite, New York appeared on two seasons of Flavor of Love, then VH1 gave her several of her own shows, including I Love New York, New York Goes to Work, and New York Goes to Hollywood. Reality television stars that would become famous for starting drama, such as Corinne from the Bachelor, or Chad from the Bachelorette are now staples of the reality television genre, but when Flavor of Love ran, New York was really the first character to do this.
Highlights from New York’s appearance on Flavor of Love include: laughing at her competitor Hottie, who tells her New York she is jealous of her because she looks like Beyonce, using her self proclaimed nickname “HBIC” (head bitch in charge), and perhaps most famously, when Pumpkin (her rival on the show) was eliminated and drama ensued, as Pumpkin and New York got into a huge fight.
To me, New York will always be the best star of reality television, and she was not only hilarious, but I also respect her in many ways. She is not afraid to speak her mind, call others out, or stand up for herself. People often praise (and criticize) the Kardashians for being business women and becoming successful and famous from no talent, but New York did this years before them, in a time where it wasn’t possible to use social media to publicize yourself. While I’m unsure of what is next for New York, I can’t wait to see what the star does next and I’m sure it’ll be interesting.