Nene Leakes is arguably the best to ever do it when it comes to using reality TV as a springboard for tapping into other ventures. The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) veteran has used the notoriety gained from the Bravo show to branch out into acting, landing roles on The New Normal and Glee. She also starred in Cinderella and Chicago on Broadway, launched a clothing line, and reportedly got RHOA to pay her $1 million per season to stay on the show. And did we mention she looks better and better every year?
Nene has come a long way from the sandy brown locks she debuted on the first season of RHOA in 2008 and her dress and shoe game have come a remarkable way as we well. In honor of her 49th birthday today, we’re taking a look back at Nene’s transformation in the public eye over the last nine years.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA — Pictured: NeNe Leakes (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Actress NeNe Leake poses in the press room at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption ***
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA — Season 3 Gallery –Pictured: NeNe Leakes — (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NeNe Leakes attends the 2011 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
THE NEW NORMAL — Season: 1 — Pictured: NeNe Leakes as Rocky — (Photo by: Timothy White/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 16: Television personality Nene Leakes attends “VH1 Divas” 2012 at The Shrine Auditorium on December 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE — Pictured: NeNe Leakes — Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE — Pictured: NeNe Leakes — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 14: NeNe Leakes attends Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief Charity Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images For Fashion For Relief)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – APRIL 02: TV personality NeNe Leakes attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: NeNe Leakes attends the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN — Pictured: NeNe Leakes — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank)