Stacie Turner, star of the Real Housewives of DC and your favorite DC housewife according to our recent poll, is speaking out about being on the popular Bravo reality series.
In her all new interview with Blackvoices, Stacie touches on being the sole African American cast member on the DC Housewives, her real estate business, the status on the search for her birth father, and of course the Salahis.
Excerpts from Stacie’s interview below –
You are the only Black woman on a series set in a predominantly Black city. Is that a lot of pressure?
Heck yeah! All women are different so to think that I can represent every lifestyle of every African-American woman in DC is like insane. To the extent that I can show what my reality is and reflect some of what I think African-American women can relate to is all that I can try to do. I definitely feel pressure!
Do you hold back on the show? Is there ever a time you feel your inner “sister girl” coming out, but tuck her away because of the cameras?
I’m always thinking that I have a little daughter and she can not see her mama show her behind on camera. In past episodes, they show how this whole topic of things related to race that comes up innocently and it’s this expectation that you’ll let it roll off and not go there with it. Meanwhile, it’s like why does this even come up? We are sitting here having dinner so just because me and Ted Gibson are the only Black people there why does there need to be a connection about race? All it does is create a situation. And when it is brought up, why does the neck roll and the dialect change? It’s just interesting.
Would you like to see them add more diversity to the ‘Real Housewives of DC’ franchise next season? Can we get another Black woman or even a Hispanic added to the mix?
I would. I know lots of women who would be great, but the question is do they have the nerve to put themselves out there. All of my friends thought I was crazy and people probably still think I’m crazy to do that, but so far they have been pretty accurate in their portrayal of our family and hopefully this series will be a little different in that they do try to stay true to form to women who are not necessarily doing the antics of some of the other shows.
You do high-end real estate for Sotheby’s. Has being on this show been a boost for business?
When I was taping the show I worked at Sotheby’s, but I’ve since left and now I work for Long & Foster. People had this perception that we only did high-end homes but I do the gamut. I moved to Long & Foster because they have the biggest share across all price categories and I formed a team so now I have a couple of people that work with me.
You learn on the show that you’re biracial and you’re on this quest to find your birth parents. We’ve seen already that your birth mother, who is white, isn’t helping you much with information. Have you finally found your father?
That will be open-ended. You’ll see that the whole journey takes me to the Nigerian Embassy. I’ve met, talked to, had a letter correspondence with my birth mother who is Caucasian and has a whole other life that she has not shared with her family. Therefore, we really can’t go there and she will not divulge information about my birth father. I think the Nigerian side would be much more open and receptive, because that culture is much more open and accepting of non-traditional families. You’ll see that down the road it takes me to the Nigerian Embassy where I enroll their help to help me find my birth father. We don’t find him this season.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you about the Salahi’s. Do you think the Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq are going to be back next season? Will Bravo keep them around?
I think they were good from a marketing and PR standpoint, because everybody knows who they are and everybody is curious about the White House event. I think throughout the series they are definitely not dominant and you actually start to see a different side of them as it progresses. The White House thing happens at the end so it’s kind of like the cliffhanger. I don’t think that they’re that important to it. Even when I read the blogs, the fans are sick of it. They’re not worth talking about. I think it will be interesting to see if the Salahi’s are back next year because the White House crash was kind of like it and then it was on to the next.
The finale episode of the Real Housewives of DC airs October 7 on Bravo.