The Shadiest Real Housewives

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Since the dawning of the Real Housewives franchise, there has always been a star who has been extremely shady. Whether it has to do with dropping major bombs or stirring the tea behind the scenes, fans have grown accustomed to seeing the women act in their best interest. Each woman does their own form of shade but makes it look effervescent as they fling insults without a care in the world. Below is my list of the women who could make throwing shade an Olympic sport, and they never apologize for a good read. 

Phaedra Parks

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Now, I love Phaedra Parks for her hustle, but she knew how to puppeteer some great TV moments. The one half of Frick and Frack wanted to portray herself as a sweet Southern Belle, but in reality, she was the villain of Atlanta that we all needed. For me, Phaedra would top any list as she was adequately fluent in knowing how to read her costars. But by far, her Season 6 takedown of Kenya Moore solidified her place in the record books, 

Kenya always rubbed the women the wrong way, and it didn’t help when Phaedra saw the former beauty queen flirting with her husband, Apollo Nida. The tell-all quickly dissolved into a word-flinging contest, with Phaedra refusing to pull punches as she yelled, “She’s a beauty queen on bath salts,” “I called you Satan, but I didn’t call you a wh*re,” and “Her booty is more lumpy than a bad batch of gravy.” Yikes, someone get Kenya the aloe gel.

Luann de Lesseps

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The Countess Luann de Lesseps was a bit snotty back in the day, which often led her to be one the shadiest women on the Real Housewives of New York. Luann never had a problem talking about her status and even wrote a diddy entitled “Money Can’t Buy You Class.” Luann’s ability to feel superior over everyone, but especially Alex McCord, lent to her shady ways. Perhaps one of the best lines included, “Even Louis Vuitton makes mistakes.” She also didn’t hold back when it came to Ramona Singer, noting, “What other dirty tricks do you have to pull out of your pinot-filled hat?”

Tamra Judge

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Tamra Judge doesn’t hide the fact that she loves to stir up the drama. The blonde housewife is overtly shady about almost everything on the Real Housewives of Orange County. Tamra is a more in-your-face kind of gal, which includes throwing drinks in the face of Jeana Keough. She isn’t short on opinion and once felt the need to ask Brooks Ayers, “Is your a** jealous of the sh*t that comes out of your mouth?” I mean, she did have a valid reason since Vicki Gunvalson’s boyfriend was a well-known liar but damn! 

Tamra rarely held back, especially when it came to her costars, as she produced some pretty clever one-liners, including Alexis Bellino’s nickname, “Jesus Jugs.” During her rant about the RHOC alum, Tamra also noted, “Why would you trust a girl with bigger t*ts than her head?” Needless to say, if Tamra was being shady with you, you probably knew about it. 

Karen Huger

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Karen Huger is effortlessly shady, and let’s be honest, she has a lot of material to pull from, thanks to her Real Housewives of Potomac cast members. The mother of two is usually on the mark when it comes to subtly shading her costars in her confessionals, and this season proves no less. Each season Karen ups her ante as she brings a pearl clutching moment after moment. Who could forget Karen shading Juan Dixon‘s secret woman with a caricature of herself? 

Just like the other women, Karen has had her fair share of one-liners that have left fans flabbergasted. She usually has a few chosen ones for Gizelle Bryant, as the two famously don’t always get along. Karen once stated, “Gizelle being messy is a train that always arrives on time,” and when she referred to her as “a broken wh*re from Hampton University,” we almost fell out of our seats.