#24 – Farrah Abraham (Then)
Meet Farrah! Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1991 and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Farah Lynn Abraham was a star cheerleader in high school but that didn’t mask the fact that she was being abused by her parents at home. At 15 years old, Farrah started dating Derek Underwood and, two years later in 2008, learned that she was pregnant. Eight months into her pregnancy, Derek died tragically in a car accident leaving the 17-year-old Farrah to quit cheerleading and drop out of high school to prepare for life as a single mother.
Giving birth to her daughter Sophia Laurent in 2009, Farrah made her television debut in June 2009 on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant where her pregnancy and first months of motherhood made her an instant reality television star. Toward the end of the series, MTV offered Farrah a regular spot on the new spinoff series Teen Mom, which she happily accepted. Within weeks of the show’s debut in December 2009, Farrah made even bigger headlines in what she described as a “turning point” in her life after her mother was arrested for attacking her.