After witnessing a mere four episodes, it seems pretty apparent that Real Housewives of Atlanta’s freshman housewife and former Miss USA, Kenya Moore has no qualms about speaking her mind. even if it means stepping on a few toes in the process. Over the course of the past few weeks, it was not uncommon for Kenya to make headlines for saying some not so nice things about a few of her cast members and even throwing some subtle shade towards former housewife, Sheree Whitfield. In a recent interview with Essence.com, Kenya pulled no punches as she opened up about being unprepared for reality television, how she really feels about her cast member, and even discussed that infamous JET Magazine casting drama that went down between her and Cynthia. Check out what she had to say.
On not being fully prepared for what reality television entailed
“I didn’t prepare myself, and that’s the problem. I thought I would come to the tapings, and [the producers] would come to my house, and we would have a couple of scenes with the girls, and we would get together, and it would be a kumbaya moment. That is not what it was. I’m just a really genuine person, and I wear my heart on my sleeve. You can always tell what I’m thinking by looking at me, and that got me in trouble, especially when something was said or done to really insult me as a person.”
On the Jet Magazine casting drama with Cynthia
“When I joined the show I thought: Cynthia and I are not far apart in age. She’s a model, and I used to be a model, and we’re both successful businesswomen. I thought we had a lot in common, and she would be like my best friend on the show. So when we met at her agency for the Jet magazine casting and everything went left, I was surprised. It was two hours of taping that they edited down to two minutes. I think…we’re both bosses, and she had her idea of how the casting should have gone, and I probably had my idea. I was very assertive of what I thought would be helpful in terms of my participation because I wanted to be honest and direct and give these girls a real chance and share tips on how to dress and what they should do when they show up for an audition. And Cynthia, in my opinion, wasn’t giving them the truth that they needed at all. So when I stepped up, that’s where it started going downhill.”
On co-star Phaedra Parks
“Honestly, the first word that came to mind was con artist. She can get you to believe anything she wants just by spinning a story. She knows how to spin a story.”
On co-star Porsha Williams
Surprisingly, she had all nice things to say about the other housewives, but I can’t help but wonder if that little bit of shade she tossed at Phaedra has anything to do with the rumor that she wants Apollo for herself.
Do you agree with what Kenya said about Phaedra?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise