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Shay Johnson before “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”

Before Shay Johnson was fighting (literally) for the affections of rapper Lil Scrappy, the model was vying for the affection of a less aesthetically pleasing emcee. Shay first appeared on Flavor of Love 2 where she battled it out with the likes of New York and Deelishis for the opportunity to be the girlfriend of Flavor Flav. The program is also where she picked up her nickname “Buckeey” and developed a friendship with Larissa “Bootz” Aurora.

Shay was later eliminated on episode seven, but went on to appear on VH1’s Flavor of Love Charm School where she was schooled by comedian Mo’Nique on the do’s and dont’s of being a lady.

With a new look and renewed passion for her “best friend” and potential beau Lil Scrappy on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, Johnson continues to be one of the most popular characters in VH1’s reality TV archives.

Check out Shay “Buckeey” Johnson before her Love & Hip Hop Atlanta makeover below. -danielle canada