Pippa Middleton, probably officially now know as Auntie Pippa, turns 30 today. That’s a big deal. Not just because people are rumored to be blocked reading Thought Catalog after turning 30, but also because she’s famous. However unlike many famous people, she’s didn’t get to the A-List by starring in a movie, singing a hit song or sacrificing the best years of her life to the Disney Channel. Nope, she got famous because she’s the sister of someone famous. You know Kate Middleton, right? She’s that lady who gave birth to a diamond-encrusted crown that the royal family’s affectionately calling Prince George of Cambridge for now.
So in honor of Pippa being famous solely because her sister is famous, I present 11 more celebrities who aren’t anywhere near as talented as their sisters.
1. Beyonce Knowles, sister of Solange Knowles
No one’s going to sit down and argue that Beyonce isn’t talented and fabulous and dangerous if you get on her bad side. But the truth is that Solange is more talented than Bey. She might not be as splashy as her sister, but her voice more than makes up for it. Like many other professional talent-recognizers, I’m awaiting the day when she makes it really big.
3. Ashlee Simpson, sister of Jessica Simpson
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Nothing makes me sadder than thinking about the fact that Ashlee Simpson had to start singing to get her father’s attention. (“Shadow” anyone!?) No that’s a lie. The time she resorted to procreating with a member of Fall Out Boy makes me the saddest. Nothing says “cry for help” more than having sexual relations with Pete Wentz. She will have to spend the rest of her life knowing that her sister’s more talented than her. (Also that she named her son Bronx.)
4. Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, sisters of Elizabeth Olsen
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Look, MK & A gave acting their best shot back in the ’90s. Truth be told, they solved a hell of a lot of mysteries in their hay day. Also they found their dad a wife via billboard, which is an impressive feat in itself. But when push comes to shove in the Olsen family annual holiday card photo, Elizabeth Olsen belongs front and center due to her ability to actually act.
5. Kyle Richards, sister of Kim Richards
Sure Kyle Richards has a lead role on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills now and sure she has a husband who I would actually call yummy if I was the kind of horrendous person who said things like yummy. But Kim beat her out her by being legitimately insane. Sure Kyle will go down as a “normal” reality star, but Kim will go down as the one we wanted to watch. Crazy eyes, they’ll get us every time.
6. Kylie Jenner, sister of Kendall Jenner
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Poor Kylie. Unlike Kendall, her mother didn’t have her pose in provocative bathing suits during her teen years in an attempt to kickstart a modeling career. Then again, she’s only 16 — so there’s still plenty of time for Kris Jenner to figure out how to monetize her baby girl.
7. Karen Brewer, (step)sister of Kristy Brewer
Well, well, well, Isn’t it convenient for Karen Brewer that her older (step)sister Kristy Brewer got featured in a successful book series first? Certainly made it easier for Ann M. Martin to pitch that “Little Sister” series. Just once I’d like to hear Karen thank Kristy for rocketing her to fame. After all, it’s not every day that a girl with two sets of glasses gets to be in the spotlight.
8. Haylie Duff, sister of Hilary Duff
I can only imagine how much Haylie Duff’s hand must hurt from trying to ride her sister’s coattails in the mid ’00s. I give the girl an A for effort, but ultimately an F for wanting to be famous so badly that she let herself get cast on 7th Heaven.
9. Kate Mara, sister of Rooney Mara
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I’m not going to debate with you on which Mara sister’s the better actress. To each his own when it comes to Rooney and Kate. However I will say that Rooney wins hands down in the “terrifying stare” department. Even through the computer screen, she has that ability to make me simultaneously second guess my life choices and what I’m currently wearing. The amount of disdain she can send via her stare truly deserves some kind of award.
10. Dakota Fanning, sister of Elle Fanning
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Dakota might be older and wiser than Elle, but I think it’s getting obvious that Elle’s the more talented actress of the two. As well as the one who’s more likely to be an old soul trapped in a child’s body.
11. Melissa Gorga, sister-in-Law of Teresa Giudice
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Try as she might, Melissa Gorga cannot out-famous her sister-in-law. First she tried to cause drama by fighting with Tre on the show, then she tried outshine her cookbook with that completely unnecessary song and then she tried to be nice to Tre and play the good guy, But nothing works! Teresa continues to be the one who gets all the headlines in the tabloids.
12. Dina Lohan, wannabe sister of Lindsay Lohan
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At least Dina Lohan knows that she’s nothing without her daughter. Well now she knows. It take an extremely unfortunate reality show a few years back to remind her that she’s famous for one reason only and one reason only — giving birth to Lindsay Lohan.