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Dallas is no stranger to reality shows. We have a Housewives and a Little Women, and the two most recent Bachelorettes have called Dallas home. But the best reality show is one that has been around since 2006 and is filming its 12th season. CMT's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team is essentially the same story line every season: Hundreds of hopeful women try out to be part of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, but only about 36 make it. There are tears, injuries, dances and a lot of speculation from the judges and coaches on whether the women are fit to represent America's team as one of America's sweethearts. Despite its repetitiveness, it is fascinating to watch a skinny woman be told she needs to lose more weight to look good in the iconic uniform. Nothing about it is politically correct, but that's why it's so captivating. And the tears. There are a lot of tears.

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Each season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team, the two directors of the team critique the women trying out for spots on the most famous cheerleading squad in the world. They make cuts, tell women they need to lose weight and try their best to narrow the squad down to the best. Then the team's technical instructor makes a cameo each season and heightens everything. She yells at the women, telling them their high kicks suck and that if they don't get it together, they will never dance on the squad. That technical instructor is Kitty Carter. A former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, she knows what it takes to be on the team and often passes down her wisdom with sarcastic jabs. When we met her off camera, she was exactly the same.

Catherine Downes

When choosing the restaurant with the best brunch drinks, we had three qualifiers. First, the drinks must be cheap. Second, the drinks must stand on their own — good enough to merit a trip solely to consume one. Third, the food must also be merit worthy, for even the most devout of drinkers will inevitably wind up ordering some sustenance. The White Rock location of Cane Rosso checks all three boxes and does so with great panache. With $1 mimosas and $3 micheladas and bloody marys, it's beating the majority of the competition when it comes to price and to quality. That, coupled with the fact that you can chow down on a Neapolitan-style pizza or potato-batter waffles, makes this choice easy.

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A good reality show is nothing without dramatic moments, and an episode of The Real Housewives of Dallas is certainly nothing without seemingly rich women doing seemingly dramatic things. When LeeAnne Locken got so angry at an event that she ran out of the place and hit a moving trolley, the world stopped turning. Her friend beside her was shocked at her behavior. The valet man behind her was unfazed. America was confused. And Dallas was embarrassed. It was easily the highlight of the season and made Locken one of the crazier housewives in recent history. The moment is what GIFs and memes are made of and will go down in Housewives history.


Brandi Redmond is the fiery redhead who danced with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She's once again America's sweetheart, this time as a real housewife. Audiences loved her during the first season of the show because she made fart jokes with BFF Stephanie Hollman and made her Housewives frenemies claim her behavior was a little too Plano. When she wasn't making fart jokes or spreading rumors that her co-star LeeAnne Locken once pooped in a box, she was drinking Jesus juice — a phrase she coined for everyone's favorite adult beverage, wine. Now, she's making money by selling T-shirts and wine glasses with that term plastered on them via Take Me To BrandiLand, her line of clothes and gifts. What's not to love about her?

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Whether you're looking for a Dallas comic to perform a clean set at your corporate event or want to head to the Addison Improv for non-workplace-approved humor, Aaron Aryanpur is your guy. Not only does Dallas think he's funny (the Funniest Comic in Texas in 2012), America is also impressed with him. When he released his debut comedy album, In Spite Of, it quickly rose to No. 1 on the iTunes comedy chart, and he was a semifinalist on Comedy Central's Up Next Talent Search. He's a regular at comedy festivals around the country, giving his best funny takes on weight, marriage and more.

Because there may be roughly 1 million fashion bloggers just in Dallas, it's hard to tell one from the others. If you follow more than one on Instagram, you realize they are sharing all the same clothes from all the same department stores. Dallastyle's Taylor thankfully shows us unique fashion finds paired with shoes and accessories we thought only runway models were allowed to wear. Plus, her Instagram feed doesn't feel like one giant ad for whatever brand last offered to pay. Dallastyle has a way of inviting followers into Taylor's life through the pictures and words on her blog while inspiring fashion fans all over Dallas and the world with different outfits.

Kathy Tran

When the Little Women reality TV franchise invaded Dallas, our hopes were high. The show is like Real Housewives, but the stars all have dwarfism. The breakout star of the Dallas installment was easily Caylea Woodbury as the show tracked her trying to find her place in Dallas. Wanting to follow in her co-stars' footsteps, Woodbury began twerking in clubs for money like Bri Barlup and Emily Fernandez. Woodbury was frequently the center of attention during Season 1 whether she was getting in fights with her co-stars about their deadbeat boyfriends or having a pregnancy scare. While there were five stars of this show, it's easy to see why Woodbury is our favorite one of the group.

Paige Skinner

Few personal trainers can make you trim you down to your goal weight and also call you a friend. Luckily for a few models and nonmodels, both in Dallas and all over the world, John Benton is the personal trainer of the their dreams. When he helped one one model lose 4 inches around her waist, his services quickly became known in the modeling industry. Soon, modeling agencies and other women began recommending him, and today, his clientele is women only. The atmosphere at his studio brings customers back each time. While other gyms or workout studios might have creepy men lurking in the background, Benton's studio offers a welcoming environment so his clients aren't worried about impressing anyone but themselves. When Harper's Bazaar wrote about his services, his demand went up — in the form of more than 10,000 Instagram likes and thousands of messages from models begging to schedule training sessions with him.

Mike Brooks

If you've seen RuPaul's Drag Race, you are aware of the force of nature Alyssa Edwards. She's stunning, she's funny, she's talented and she's everything you would expect from a contender on that show. But when she's not being one of the best drag queens in the business, Edwards is Justin Johnson, owner and instructor at his Mesquite dance studio, Beyond Belief Dance. Johnson is a role model for the young dancers at his studio, who idolize him. His teaching style is one of a kind because he expects perfection from his dancers. If RuPaul pushes Alyssa Edwards to greatness on a season of Drag Race, Johnson pushes his students to an even greater level of achievement at their recitals, at competitions and when they're practicing in front of the mirror.

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