Lauren Conrad had to work extra hard in her new fashion career to distance herself from her reality TV past.
Conrad first became known as the star of Hollywood reality shows The Hills and Laguna Beach but now designs clothes for department store Kohl's.
She admits her background in TV opened doors for her but insists her existing fame meant she had to work especially hard to disprove her doubters and show she was serious about a career in fashion.
In an interview with Katie Couric which aired on Tuesday (15Oct13), Conrad said, "I was... given opportunities that I wouldn't have had otherwise... for me it was sort of a challenge. I was like, 'OK, people are going to say these things so I need to work extra hard to show them this is what I want to do and this is not a 15 minutes thing'. This is my career."