She’s Moving On Up: NeNe Leakes Finds Her Way in VOGUE With “The New Normal” Cast

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September 24, 2012 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Vogue – Norman Jean Roy

Who said reality stars can never make the A-list? Whoever said that hasn’t seen the accomplishments of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, NeNe Leakes, who has slowly but surely morphed infamy from her tongue-lashing time on the show to the opportunity to do other reality shows (“The Apprentice”), start businesses, and become an actual respected actress. If you thought her showing up on “Glee” was interesting, homegirl is a regular cast member on the successful new NBC comedy, “The New Normal.” She plays Rocky, the assistant to Bryan, one half of the gay couple hoping to adopt. Coincidentally, “The New Normal” is created by the same man behind “Glee,” Ryan Murphy, so he’s clearly a big fan of NeNe to make her a regular on his new show. Recently, the series was featured in the newest issue of Vogue, and the magazine didn’t pull a Taraji on NeNe, as she was invited to strike a pose with her cast mates. She looks pretty great too in her Stella McCartney dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. WORK!

Leakes seemed to be very excited about the shoot too, as she previewed a picture of the spread with herself and Ellen Barkin via Twitter:

“Check me out n the October issue of Vogue wit my “New Normal” cast! That’s my girl @EllenBarkin did I say Vogue?”

Yes, boo, you did say Vogue. Let’s keep it really real. This is a big feat for a reality star, as aside from Jennifer Hudson (who was on a reality TV competition and was featured as a cover girl), I haven’t seen too many other reality chicks featured in the magazine. Hell, Kim K hasn’t been anywhere near the magazine’s cover, spreads or ads since she blew up, so this is kind of like a big deal. It’s safe to say that NeNe has been very smart about her business and is moving up the ranks in Hollywood. People have been talking in think this should be her last season on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Enjoy the photo and let us know your thoughts on whether or not NeNe should chuck the deuces to reality TV for good now that’s she’s somewhat of a serious actress.

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