10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Snooki from Jersey Shore

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Nicole Elizabeth LaValle is an American reality television personality best known by her nickname “Snooki”. Born November 23, 1987, she is also a television host, author, professional wrestler, and dancer who is best known for being a cast member of the MTV reality show Jersey Shore and starring in Snooki & Jwoww and Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. Since her exposure on Jersey Shore in 2009, Snooki has gained popularity, leading to numerous talk show appearances, web and television series participation and hosting, and a large social media following. She reportedly earned $150,000 per Jersey Shore episode by the last season. She also appeared as the guest hostess for WWE Raw in 2011 and competed at WrestleMania XXVII that same year. During all of that Snooki has managed to marry and start a growing family.

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Snooki’s Weight Loss

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Motherhood looks good on Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. She was a weight-loss machine after giving birth to her first child in late 2012. The pint-sized reality star shed 42 pounds. This past October, less than a year after her first baby, she and husband Jionni LaValle welcomed their second child. Her speedy slimming proved just as ferociously effective the second time around. She looks thinner than ever!

This is more about setting an example of health for her two young ones than it is about looking great in skinny jeans, though she undeniably does. But the reality star suffered from an eating disorder in high school and is all about health as an adult and mother.

“Even though I want to be healthy for myself and it feels great to be healthy, I mainly want to do it for my kids,” Polizzi, 30, has said. “I just really want to be a fit mom. I want to be able to keep up with them, run after them.”

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Snooki’s Kids Names

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi via Instagram.

LaValle is the youngest. Both were graced with proud, Italian names. The Jersey Shore alum recently shared a video of her 5-year-old son Lorenzo and 2-year-old daughter Giovanna repeating their mother’s famous nickname along with the caption, “THE DAY HAS COME.”

In the clip, the former MTV star, who starred on all six seasons of Jersey Shore, asked her oldest child what exactly a “Snooki” is, and he adorably answered: “I don’t know.”

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Snooki’s Real Name

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Snooki’s real name is Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi. She was adopted from Chile as an infant, and grew up an only child, with Italian American adoptive parents. Now a mother of two children, Snooki added:

“Eventually, when I was 21, 22, I got my dad drunk and was like, ‘Dad, can you just tell me what went on? Why was I up for adoption?’”

The reality TV star learned that her adoptive parents flew to Chile to pick her up after her birth parents gave her up because they couldn’t afford to raise her.

“I can’t even imagine because I have two kids, putting up a child for adoption, to give them a better life,” she said. “That’s so amazing for them, that shows how much they loved me. But also I could never do that. I can’t even imagine how they felt giving me up but thank you for that.”

Although she says her adoptive parents are her real parents, Snooki said she’d be interested to meet her birth parents.

“In the back of my head I’m always curious to meet my birth family,” she said.

Snooki’s father is a volunteer firefighter and auto-salvage supervisor, and her mother is an office manager. She received her nickname, Snooki, in middle school, when her friends named her after “Snookie”, a male character in “Save the Last Dance” because she was the first of her friends to kiss a boy.

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What Nationality is Snooki?

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While she was adopted from Chile, Snooki is not actually Chilean. She took a DNA test to determine her genetic background: she is part Romani, Iberian American, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Jewish with roots in North Western Croatia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Russia, and Spain. She was surprised to learn that while born in Chile, she is not genetically Chilean.

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Snooki’s Age & Workout Routine

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The 30-year-old star is determined to keep making health and fitness gains into her 30s. In her workout regimen, she focuses on plyometrics (like burpees or squat jumps) and isolating specific muscle groups to chisel out various sections of her petite body.

“I love that stuff because it burns and I know that I’m making a difference in my body – plus I can’t breathe,” she says. “I like my arms when they get nice and muscley. I’m in the process of trying to get that back.”

Peanut butter is Polizzi’s culinary vice, but she indulges carefully, by the spoonful!

“A scoop of peanut butter is actually good because it’s high in protein,” she explains. “I usually skip every other day, but I’ll do a scoop of peanut butter at night. But I’m addicted to peanut butter right now, I don’t know why.”

Judging by her fitness results, I’d say her discipline is doing just fine.

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Is Snooki Pregnant?

The newest Jersey Shore spinoff details more of the personal lives of the cast than it once did. Polizzi once addressed her want for a third baby, too. During one of the episodes, she felt nauseous and eventually got sick in the bathroom. Since that was unlike her, she revealed to Jenni Farley that she and LaValle were trying for a baby, and she might be pregnant. Farley took her to the pharmacy to get a pregnancy test, but the test was negative that time. Polizzi announced her third pregnancy on Thanksgiving Day.

The next photo Polizzi posted of her two tiny meatballs (OK, technically, there’s three tiny meatballs in the photos, if we’re counting the bun in the oven) is a lot less posed and a lot more real. Not that the first photo wasn’t real, of course. The second photo — which is in color — kind of demonstrates how tough it probably was to get that perfectly posed first pic.

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi via Instagram.

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Snooki’s Net Worth

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As of 2018, Snooki’s net worth is $4 million. Snooki debuted in the TV industry from MTV’s ‘Is She Really Going Out with Him?’ After that show, she became a cast member of the MTV reality show, Jersey Shore in 2009. This series helped her gain popularity and extend her career. She was identified as ‘the breakout member of the cast’ and was one of the popular celebrity Halloween costumes of 2010. She also has appeared in many other TV shows including MTV Music Video Awards, New York Stock Exchange, TLC’s Cake Boss, The View CMT Music Awards, and others.

Along with JS cast JWoww, she starred a show titled Snooki & JWoww. She won WWE Slammy Awards for ‘A-Lister of the Year’ in 2011. After getting success on TV Screen, Snooki launched her business of fashion accessories and beauty product. She also wrote a book A Shore Thing but couldn’t gain enough success. Polizzi’s net worth is estimated at $4 million and now earns $150 thousand per episode as of 2018.

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How Tall is Snooki?

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Proof that good things come in small packages, Snooki is a diminutive 4 feet 9 inches tall and has a curvy body. She weighs about 98 pounds. Snooki’s eyes are dark brown, and hair is black. She is active on social media with 11.9 million followers on Instagram, about 7 million followers on Twitter and 10 million followers on Facebook to date.

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Who is Snooki’s Husband?

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30-year-old Snooki is married to Jionni LaValle. They have been married for three years. She first met her husband in 2001 during a night out in Seaside Height’s fist-pumping headquarters. The pair fell for each other and tied a knot on 29th November 2014 after living being engaged for 2 years.

Born in East Hanover, New Jersey on March 20, 1987, Lavalle is an American reality Television star and a successful entrepreneur who owns several ATM businesses across the country. Jionni is one of four children born to Joe LaValle and Janis LaValle. He grew up in New Jersey and completed his higher education at Centenary College where he studied to become a teacher. His net worth today is nothing to sneeze at. It is estimated at about $200,000.

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Snook’s Future Plans

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Snooki made her writing debut in 2011 with ‘A Shore Thing’ and has since pretty much penned a new book to welcome each new stage in life.

According to Elle, she’s also the author of Confessions of a Guidette, Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama and all the Messy Milestones Along the Way, Gorilla Beach, and Strong is the New Sexy. We have a feeling you definitely haven’t seen the last of Snooki and her literary pursuits yet — she probably has a few more novel ideas under her belt. We’ll say one thing — the woman definitely knows how to monetize her fame, from getting fans to buy her books, to slanging all sorts of Shore merchandise. She seems to know that reality television fame doesn’t last forever, so you may as well make the most of it while you’re in the spotlight.

We’re betting on more Jersey Shore, more books and maybe a fourth baby. We’ll be watching for announcements about New Year’s resolutions for 2019 on Instagram or elsewhere! And we’re sure she and JWoww will continue to organize playdates for their children. She and her Jersey Shore co-star have been close friends for over a decade. And the ladies seem to be passing on the good vibes to their daughters.

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