The 90 Day Fiancé franchise has aired dozens of couples and cast members throughout many international romances, though the intentions of many of these colorful personalities have been called into question. While the basis of the franchise is to explore international romance, viewers have accused cast members of entering the franchise for various reasons. There are numerous factors, both positive and negative, that explain why someone would sign up to appear on the OG show and spin-offs.
Since the first season aired in 2014, a lot has changed for the 90 Day Fiancé franchise. The regular show will soon air its tenth season, though there are also nearly two dozen spin-off shows. They portray all kinds of international romances. 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days explores couples who consider international marriage, while 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way features American cast members traveling abroad for love. While some of these featured cast members seem to join the show for pure reasons, others make it more obvious that they’re aiming for personal gain above all else.
8 To Air International Romances
The 90 Day Fiancé franchise isn’t full of entirely suspicious personalities. The real goal of the franchise appeared to be airing international romances, at least during the early seasons. When 90 Day Fiancé first aired in 2014, it had more of a documentary feel. Cast members seemed like they appeared on the show to share their unique love stories with the world. Examples include Louis and Aya Gattone, who joined during season 1, or Kirlyam Cox, who married Alan Cox. At the time, the 90 Day Fiancé franchise provided a fresh look at international romance for viewers. Some cast members simply seemed happy to share their unique love stories.
7 To Discuss The K-1 Visa Process
Another early goal of the 90 Day Fiancé franchise was to explore the K-1 visa process. This was a vital element of the show for early couples, including Paola and Russ Mayfield. The early seasons of content focused heavily on this process, and what it meant for a person to leave their home country behind. They would enter the United States with plans for a whole new life, with someone they would marry.
The 90-day couples needed to marry quickly, or live in different countries, played a major role in the show, as some cast members were eager to tie the knot. Meanwhile, others felt worried, overwhelmed, or pressured by the time constraints. At the beginning, it seemed like the show was about the K-1 visa process.
6 To Get A Paycheck
Another reason why cast members agreed to appear on TV and make their relationships public in the 90 Day Fiancé franchise is likely due to money. Fans have long since speculated that cast members have no qualms with selling their stories for a quick paycheck. However, numerous cast members have discussed only earning a small amount of money for the show, while only the cast member who is an American citizen is believed to be paid. Nevertheless, bringing someone from a foreign country to America is expensive. Joining the show for some extra money to help with the process is certainly a real possibility.
5 To Share Their Love Stories
A final (and very pure) reason why some cast members want to appear in the 90 Day Fiancé franchise is simply to share their love stories. This is evident due to the couples who married and exited the spotlight, as they weren’t after anything else. Louis and Aya are one of numerous couples who now live a happy domestic life away from the cameras, as are Alan and Kirlyam. Meanwhile, beloved couple Kyle and Noon Huckabee proved that’s not everyone who joins the franchise is a clout chaser, as did Avery Mills and Omar Albakour. Both couples were extremely popular among viewers, though they chose to leave the 90 Day Fiancé franchise to live real lives away from the cameras.
While some 90 Day Fiancé franchise couples might have had the best intentions, it’s more apparent that others did not. Many 90 Day Fiancé stars have been accused of joining the show simply to gain followers, including some who were cast in spin-off shows and more recent seasons of content. Newer couples like Miona and Jibri Bell or Andrew Kenton and Amira Lollysa seemed to have the singular goal of appearing on the show to build an online following. Even older cast members, such as Debbie Aguero, are accused of joining the show to gain attention from viewers.
3 To Launch A Business Idea
Other 90 Day Fiancé franchise personalities have sought to take their fan attention further. They use their appearances in the franchise to launch a business. A number of franchise stars have capitalized off of their fifteen minutes of fame to launch their own business ideas, such as Yara Zaya. She created her own clothing boutique and makeup palette. Tiffany Franco Smith also made her own makeup palette, while Miona started a beauty company. Twins Darcey and Stacey Silva use their fame to sell their House of Eleven products. Such ventures cast doubt over why these cast members joined the franchise in the first place.
2 To Become A Public Figure
A number of 90 Day Fiancé franchise cast members have tried to become public figures after appearing in the franchise. Both Angela Deem and Big Ed Brown have massive egos, as they secured their places on numerous franchise spin-off shows. Angela now revels in her image, while Big Ed sells merchandise with his face on it. Cast members such as Angela and Big Ed, to name just two, want as much notoriety as possible. In fact, being famous appears to be their main goal. They don’t want to use the franchise as a platform for something else. They want recognition for their outlandish behavior.
1 To Become A Full Time Influencer
A final reason why newer cast members join the 90 Day Fiancé franchise is undoubtedly to become influencers. After franchise stars, such as Paola and Anfisa Arkhipchenko, hit hundreds of thousands of followers, newer cast members have clearly been after similar clout. This is likely why many of them started acting out in their plot lines. Cast members appear far more focused on being recast and remembered than working on their intentional relationships. It’s clear that the focus of the 90 Day Fiancé franchise has shifted over the years.
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