Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams landed her first major magazine cover with Upscale for their April beauty and style issue. The reality star dishes on everything from being bullied as a kid, wanting to bring attention to real issues and so much more. We have a few snippets from her interview below. For the entire interview (and all of the photos from her shoot), you can pick up the new issue on newsstands soon!
On her childhood and being inspired by her mom: “I grew up living a good life. I was raised by my mom and spent weekends with my dad because they were separated. My mom has always been my biggest inspiration. She taught me that beauty comes from the inside out; but I also know that the outside does matter.”
On being bullied: “My outside beauty wasn’t always so pretty, though. I went to school in DeKalb County, (Chapel Hill Elementary and Junior High) [and] was bullied all through elementary and junior high for being super skinny with big teeth, and, believe it or not, other black girls would tease me and pull my hair because it was long.”
Last Friday the Real Housewives Of Atlanta filmed their reunion, which as you can imagine sounds pretty divisive (although far less insane than last season!). Despite the cast claiming to have worked through issues in therapy and on their trip to the Philippines, their subsequent blogs and interviews have been vicious and point to feuds remaining very much alive! Reacting most publicly to whatever happened at the reunion was NeNe Leakes!
NeNe announced she will no longer be blogging or discussing RHOA! “So many of you have asked me how was The ATL Housewives Reunion! What did I wear and how was my hair LOL! Obviously I can’t speak on it but I can say these things….(1) I feel like I been in a daze for the past few days! Really mentally drained (2) I went in feeling very at peace and I had mentally accepted things I could not change. (3) I had made my mind up that there were people I would NEVER talk to again in life….but God! Won’t he do it! #RHOAREUNION #WAIT4IT”
The ladies show up at the airport in good spirits. Porsha Williams had more Louis Vuitton luggage than she has brain cells and negotiating the luggage carousel in heels was like the second coming of Sheneneh. Porsha must look cute because she may meet her future married African sugar daddy husband at the airport! All the single men would rather endure an endless TSA security checkpoint, than deal with PoorTaste – or her baggage!
Upon arriving at the airport Phaedra Parks hid in her limo cause ‘a Krayonce was ‘a comin! She’s been on RHOA trips before… Despite Claudia’s protestations that the Philippines will be positive vibes, Phaedra declares these women would argue even at the second coming of Christ. Of course they would – because Lord knows all of ’em ain’t getting into heaven!
Tonight the Real Housewives Of Atlanta take their second cast trip – this time a positive ‘ladies get along trip’ to the Philippines, which is quite the diversion from the negative ‘ladies lose their clits and their heads’ trip they took to Puerto Rico!
After a counseling session with Dr. Jeff, Claudia Jordan hopes to continue the happy vibes in the tropics with a “drama detox” in Manilla.
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker are continuing the family business of reality TV! According to reports the couple has inked a deal and has been quietly filming a spinoff about their blended family drama called ‘Meet The Tuckers‘!
Married life has not been easy for Kandi and Todd from Mama drama, to combining a household with their two teenaged daughters while also trying to build a production business as a couple. The couple has also dealt with the sudden passing of Todd’s mother Sharon. All of the mishaps, mayhem, and family planning has been featured on Real Housewives Of Atlanta cameras and the couple’s previous wedding spinoff Kandi’s Wedding.
Kandi has seemed over the drama on RHOA this season and she hasn’t really engaged with co-stars instead focusing on her own family, including counseling with Todd, probably because her spinoff deal was in the works all along!
Claudia Jordan has almost survived her first season of Real Housewives Of Atlanta (although she hasn’t experienced a reunion yet!), and while Claudia is hoping to be back next year, she hopes Porsha Williams won’t be joining her. Claudia forgets the first rule of reality television: Making someone relevant with a feud gives them a storyline, so all the times she keeps Porsha’s name in her mouth, Bravo is taking note and the chances of Poortaste returning increases!
Claudia believes Porsha just isn’t being herself. “She’s cute and glamorous – and that’s great – but I think we need more than that. I don’t think it’s enough to be on the show just co-signing whatever NeNe says,” Claudia complains. “That’s not a good character on a reality show. I think that’s kind of boring.” Interesting considering Claudia is on this show co-signing whatever Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey say… but go ahead.
I’m confused here… are the Real Housewives Of Atlanta moving forward – or not? Claudia Jordan gushed about how the group took a positive turn following their therapy session, and upcoming trip to Manilla, but now she is continuing to complain about how awful Porsha Williams is and insist that she’s really really positive while some people have “vendettas.” This group is exhausting me.
Contrary to what she said earlier this week, Claudia now says that the progress made in therapy was minimal. Of course this was all NeNe Leakes’ fault – Really, but NeNe doesn’t work alone – it was also totally PORSHA’s fault! OF COURSE. #ObsessionByBravo
Of therapy, Clawdia complains in her blog that, “The main people that needed it were not willing participants. One took off because she couldn’t deal with hearing about how her actions affected the rest of the ladies. And the other that stayed, well… she received apology after apology without ever acknowledging any of her own wrong doing.”