Farrah Abraham first rose to prominence in 2009 when she appeared on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. Later starring on the spin-off show Teen Mom, and Teen Mom OG, Abraham captured the attention of the nation and used her new platform to pursue a range of ventures that would turn her into an international celebrity.
Today, Abraham has expanded her personal brand in several directions and is showing no signs of slowing down. Having a daughter didn’t stop her from chasing her dream of being famous—instead, she’s bringing ten-year-old Sophia Abraham along for the ride. Between them, Farrah and Sophia have amassed millions of followers on social media.
Fans know that Abraham is a teen mom turned TV personality with big ambitions and a lot of confidence, but there are still several details about her life that remain mostly unknown among her legions of followers and critics alike. With college degrees and dreams of succeeding in the food and hospitality industry, though, Abraham is a lot deeper than many people think!
Check out these 21 little-known details about reality star Farrah Abrahams, her relationship with her daughter Sophia, and the fame that has changed both of their lives (and their futures).
21 Abraham Has Three College Degrees
Many fans of Farrah Abraham, as well as those who know her from her TV shows, may not be aware that she actually has three college degrees under her belt. She has associate degrees in culinary arts and management from the Art Institute of Ford Lauderdale in California, as well as one in accounting.
It seems that cooking is really one of Abraham’s favorite things to do, and something she also happens to be good at! She has also been known to post the odd cooking demo on YouTube to show off her skills to her many followers and subscribers.
20 Her Business Empire Is Expanding
Those college degrees should show that Abraham does have some brain power behind her! Though she started as a reality star on 16 and Pregnant, she has expanded her personal brand into various directions. Most people don’t know that Abraham recorded an album, a podcast, and even owned her own frozen yogurt shop in Austin, Texas.
“It’s my own concept,” she explained (via Hollywood Life). “It’s about having fresh and frozen cuisines and foods at this restaurant. It’s very family friendly.” Unfortunately, the frozen eatery, FroCo Fresh Frozen, closed down in 2018. But Abraham is showing no signs of slowing down her business empire…
19 Abraham Would Like To Own A Restaurant More Up-Market Than A Frozen Yogurt Place
When it comes to owning a frozen yogurt place, Abraham has been there and done that. But word is the self-described “momtrepreneur” also has dreams of opening her own restaurant, which would feature a fusion menu. The star discussed her plans with a newspaper in her local Florida, revealing that she’s “focusing on location, financing, architecture, and just putting myself in the mindset.”
So it looks like this could actually be happening one day in the future! There’s been no comment on where the restaurant would be located or what it would be called, but we are keen to see what happens next with this business venture!
18 Abraham Is Encouraging Her Daughter To Follow In Her Famous Footsteps
Abraham rose to fame on the show 16 and Pregnant, which chronicled her journey as a pregnant teenager. Today, Abraham’s daughter Sophia is famous in her own right, with hundreds of thousands of IG followers already, and Abraham is encouraging her every step of the way.
It’s been reported that the Teen Mom star wants her daughter to become an influencer and regularly gives her products and brands to promote in the hopes of making money and achieving internet fame. Abraham herself wasn’t even legally an adult when she became famous, so it’s no wonder she believes her daughter can do the same at the age of 10.
17 She Was Once A Food Entrepreneur
It looks like Abraham may be opening a fusion restaurant in the upcoming years, and it wouldn’t be the first time she’s focused her attention on putting her culinary skills to good use! In 2012, Abraham and her mom, Debra Danielson, launched Mom & Me Italian Hot Pepper Sauce.
The sauce was marketed as being “zest, spicy, all natural, gluten free and vegan” and was apparently passed down through the family for generations. This business venture came to a halt, though, with Abraham publicly stating that her relationship with her mom made it impossible with the pair to work together.
16 And She’s A Novelist
Abraham also seems to have a few creative tendencies up her sleeve and is technically a published novelist. She wrote a memoir called My Teenage Dream Ended, which actually rose to number 11 on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2012, Abraham released an album of the same name, though the critical response it received wasn’t nearly as promising. Some of the tracks on the album include “Finally Getting Up from Rock Bottom” and “Unplanned Parenthood.”
As far as writing goes, Abraham also published a trio of novels which reflect a certain video she made, and it was reported that she intended for them to outsell Fifty Shades of Grey.
15 In The Future, She Plans To Be A Surgeon
Just when you thought Farrah Abraham couldn’t possibly dip her fingers into any more pies! It has been revealed that the reality star also has plans to become a surgeon in the future.
“Also, I am looking to be a plastic surgeon in the future and there are a lot of things I need to do with esthetics and schooling and job shadowing, and a doctor who I was going to be doing an internship with I had to cancel on because he was more focused on being a celebrity and being around celebrities [than he was on his practice],” Abraham said.
14 She Sometimes Lies About Where She’s Going To Avoid Paparazzi
There are certainly downsides to being famous, and dealing with a lack of privacy is one of them. In the past, Abraham has resorted to lying to the press or lying on the shows she appears on, just so paparazzi can’t follow her around. This was the case with the funeral of Derek Underwood, Sophia’s father, who passed away in a car crash.
In her memoir, she revealed that she told MTV she wasn’t going to the funeral just so there would be no cameras there to catch her, but she really did attend. It looks like Abraham’s often one step ahead!
13 James Deen Confessed That Their Video Was Planned
A memorable Farrah Abraham moment that fans aren’t likely to forget anytime soon is when a seemingly private video she created with entertainer James Deen surfaced on the web. The video was marketed as private, candid footage that was never supposed to be released, but Deen, the male performer in the video, has gone on record to confirm that Abraham did intend for the video to get out.
“I made sure they knew I was going to tell the truth if anybody asked me about it,” explained Deen. “So we shoot the movie, and as we’re leaving her hotel room some paparazzo takes our picture. The next day I get a call from TMZ, asking if I was dating Farrah Abraham. I said no."
12 She’s Not Scared To Say What She Means To Celebrities
If nothing else, Abraham is confident and isn’t afraid to say exactly what’s on her mind, no matter whom she’s talking to. Thanks to this proud streak, the reality star has rubbed several notable people the wrong way, including fellow reality star Kendall Jenner. The model stated that she didn’t agree with Abraham’s “choices in life.”
Perhaps the biggest blow-up that Abraham has been involved in with another celebrity is the argument with Nicki Minaj which played out over Twitter. Minaj commented on the way that Abraham treated her mother on Teen Mom, prompting Abraham to make negative comments about Minaj’s music videos in retaliation.
11 Abraham Dealt From Mental Health Issues After Giving Birth In The Public Eye
A lot of moms deal with mental health issues after their babies are born, and Abraham was no different. According to Fame Focus, after she gave birth to Sophia in 2009, she dealt with extreme postpartum depression and even thought of putting an end to her pain.
Many sources online state that those who are diagnosed with postpartum depression are more likely to see the symptoms return later in life. Although this happens to a lot of moms, whether they’re celebrities or not, Abraham’s stress and feelings of sadness were amplified by the fact that she was being judged by the world at the time.
10 Therapy Has Helped Her To Get Through The Hard Times
In order to get through any issues that she’s gone through, Abraham has turned to therapy. Not only has speaking with a professional helped her to overcome her struggles with mental health, but it has also made her into a better and happier person (who is easier for others to be around).
“The person who I used to be when I was growing up was very judgmental and very reactive, [but now] I’ve opened up my mind and I forgive myself,” Abraham revealed. “I love myself more… if not for therapy, honestly, you would be talking to a whole other woman right now.”
9 Fame Allows Her To Give Everything She Can To Her Daughter
The downside of fame is the lack of privacy and constant world of judgment that falls on your shoulders. But the upside? Usually, being famous increases your chances of making a lot of money, and Abraham has definitely made a lot more than she would have without the help of the show.
Abraham often splurges on her daughter—any parent can understand the temptation, we’re sure! One recent Christmas, Sophia was given her own bounce house, a pool table, and a kid-sized Bentley. She’s been lucky enough to spend New Year’s Eve in Disneyland and has flown with her famous mama all around the world.
8 She Was Asked To Leave Teen Mom OG
Recently, Abraham made headlines when she was asked to leave Teen Mom OG as a result of the ramifications of the video she made with James Deen and similar ventures that she has taken on in the past and is continuing to focus on now. “You can choose to do whatever you want; nobody is here to cast judgment on anything,” producer Morgan J. Freeman told her. “But if you choose to work in [that] industry, we can’t continue to film you for Teen Mom.”
According to Abraham’s Twitter, it seems like she’s choosing to leave the show behind and focus on expressing herself in other ways, which the producers and other cast members don’t agree with.
7 She’s Been Accused Of Copying Kourtney Kardashian
Abraham found herself on the wrong side of Kendall Jenner, and now she’s upset Kardashian-Jenner fans again by seeming to imitate the eldest sister Kourtney on social media. The KUTWK star announced that she’s working on a new brand by posting a photo of herself sitting on a bathroom counter holding a Macbook and cup of tea while wearing a white towel on her head (and no clothes).
Two weeks after the picture was posted, Abraham posted a similar photo wearing the same white towel on a bathroom counter, this time holding a Macbook and a cupcake. But when questioned about it by TMZ, Abraham laughed it off: “I say we should just stop comparing women.”
6 She Seems To Control Sophia’s Image
Sophia is only 10 years old and is already known all around the world. Even though she has her own personal IG account, it seems that Abraham still controls everything about her daughter’s image. According to CheatSheet, the reality star picks out all clothing and hairstyles for her daughter, never letting her make her own choices about how she wants to appear.
Abraham has also come under fire for encouraging her daughter to wax and pluck her eyebrows when she was just six years old. Several users on IG have commented their belief that it’s not okay for a girl Sophia’s age to be wearing makeup, but Abraham doesn’t seem to mind as Sophia keeps posting photos in makeup.
5 And She Expects Sophia To Meet Fans With Her Sometimes
Sophia Abraham is well on her way to following in the footsteps of her mom, and Farrah is making sure that she ticks all the boxes that come with being a celebrity. One of the biggest parts of the job is fostering a positive relationship with fans and the public in general, and so Sophia often accompanies her mom to events and has to interact with her fans, even when she doesn’t feel like it.
“I understand that there’s a lot of people on us a lot of time and it’s a lot of giving, but I also want her to know that these people probably waited hours to meet her,” Farrah explained to Cosmopolitan.
4 She Likes Her Friends To Be Celebrities, Too
Celebrities tend to flock together, and Abraham seems to be all about having celebrity friends. It’s also been reported that she prefers her daughter to be friends with famous people rather than regular people, for the simple reason that they’re less likely to take advantage of her.
Some parents have criticized Abraham for pushing her daughter toward other famous children, or the children of famous people, but the thinking behind it seems legit—she wants Sophia to have friends who understand what she’s going through in her life and those she can relate to. But it would be good for Sophia to be around some normal kiddies too!
3 Marriage May Be In The Cards For Her Future
Currently, Abraham isn’t known to be dating anyone, but that doesn’t mean that she’s ruled out marriage for the future. “I always am open to marriage [and] adoption if it’s the right person,” she told In Touch (via Pop Culture). She has been in love in the past, and she’s definitely open to love striking again.
That said, she isn’t clinging desperately to the hope of finding her fairytale ending. She’s more of the attitude that if it happens, it happens, and if doesn’t, then it just wasn’t meant to be: “But if it’s not in my cards, that’s fine too.”
2 As Well As Adoption
Although she already has one biological daughter, Abraham also hasn’t ruled out adopting another child as a possibility. “I do believe I’m very passionate about adoption, I’ve said that from the beginning of Teen Mom, as I was raised with all my neighbors I grew up being adopted,” she told In Touch (via Pop Culture).
“And I look forward to helping support and nurture and adopt one day,” she went on, highlighting the fact that her daughter is totally okay with the idea of having a little brother or sister, however they come into the family. “Right now, Sophia would love a sibling.”
1 She Has A New Job As A Book Critic
Farrah Abraham has taken on many roles in her life, and she can officially add book reviewer to her resume. The magazine Penthouse recently announced that they chose the reality star to be their new book critic because she “has a unique perspective to reviews of new and classic literature.”
It’s been revealed that her job will be to review the works of feminist authors in particular. She recently reviewed Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a 1968 essay collection written by Joan Didion, and she did not hold back: “If you’re looking to find out what not to do as a writer, this is a great book for you.”
Sources: FameFocus, CheatSheet, Pop Culture, In Touch, Cosmopolitan, Hollywood Life