5 Women Who Skyrocketed to Fame after Dating a Superstar

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Some say these women were dating up while others call it the biggest come-up of a lifetime. We call it the A-list Connect Effect!  Here is our list of 5 beauties who catapulted into the spotlight after hooking up with a superstar. 

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Brad Pitt: Raise your hand if you ever heard of Gwyneth Paltrow before she began dating Brad Pitt in the mid 90’s. Anyone? I didn’t think so. Gwyneth shot straight to A-list status after hooking up with one of the biggest male stars on the planet, while on the set of the movie Seven, back in 1994. They were staples on the red carpet and regularly graced magazine covers. Brad and Gwyneth became engaged and eventually broke up in 1997. Gwyneth went on to take home an Oscar and star in numerous films including the Iron Man franchise. It’s safe to say Brad was good for business!

 

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Jada Pinkett to Will Smith: Jada has been in the spotlight for so many years that it’s easy to forget Will Smith put her on the A-list map. True, Jada had her own career before dating Will. She starred in several films and appeared on the hit show A Different World in the 90’s. BUT, she didn’t regularly grace magazine covers or the Oscar’s red carpet until she was on Big Willie’s arm. The relationship with Will gave Jada a broader fan base and helped draw positive attention to her acting chops. Will gave her admission into the A-List club. Jada’s been a card-carrying member ever since.

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Amber Rose to Kanye West: This buzz-cut blond bombshell went from virtual obscurity to trotting all over the globe, in 2008, with her then-boyfriend Kanye West. In no time, Amber was constantly featured in gossip blogs while booking high-fashion photo shoots and being chased by the paparazzi – all because she was Kanye’s new eccentric girl. And, who can forget the pic of Madonna grabbing her derrière while Kanye looked on. [Side note: When Madonna grabs your butt for the cameras, you can officially call home and say “Momma, I made it!”]   Amber was a stripper and video vixen prior to meeting Kanye and now she’s her own brand which includes modeling, being a wife to rapper Wiz Khalifa, and mommy to sweet baby Bash. Amber stretched her 15 minutes of fame far longer than anyone expected. [UPDATE: Amber and Wiz recently announced they are splitting up. Something tells me Amber won’t be single for long (wink wink)].

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Katie Holmes to Tom Cruise: Who can say they’ve gone from teen queen, in Dawson’s Creek, to Tom Cruise’s wife? Katie Holmes can. I don’t think anyone saw this love connection coming. Katie was a semi well-known TV star when she began dating Mr. Top Gun. Katie and Tom (aka TomKat) were married 5 years, but eventually divorced when Katie famously blindsided Tom with walking papers in true ninja style. Tom learned the hard way something R. Kelly’s been singing for years, “When a woman’s fed up, ain’t a damn thing you can do about it.” Although she’s no longer his bride, Katie Holmes is still riding the wave of fame from Hurricane Tom and smiling all the way to the bank.

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Kate Middleton to Prince William: Her college sweetheart is the future heir to the British throne.  Kate met and fell in love with her Prince Charming while studying at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Prior to marrying Prince William, Kate was a commoner with no royal status. By all accounts, she grew up in a happy middle class home with her parents and two siblings. Today, Kate is the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William’s better half, Prince George’s mommy, and the future Queen of England. She definitely took ‘dating up’ to a whole new level when she snagged Prince William. Kate is clearly winning!

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