The former Miss
America USA chats about how she really feels about the other ladies of Real Housewives Of Atlanta….
Kenya Moore has definitely made herself known as a wild card on this season of RHOA. The ex-pageant queen spoke with ESSENCE.com about becoming a reality star and her relationship with Cynthia Bailey, and how she really feels about the cast-mates.
ESSENCE: There’s a lot of scrutiny that comes with appearing on a reality show. How did you prepare yourself?
Kenya Moore: 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.
Are you and Cynthia at a good place now because that episode was taped a few months?
You’ll have to watch the show to see how our relationship evolves, but I can tell you this, Cynthia is more like me than I ever would have thought. This is what I will always say: I really appreciate a working woman who wants to have something for herself. Regardless of how I feel about Cynthia as a person, I respect the fact that she is a businesswoman, and she’s using her platform in a great way. She’s helping other young Black girls, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.
I’m going to say your cast mates’ names, and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind.
ESSENCE: NeNe Leakes
Moore: She’s hilarious. She is so naturally funny, and so entertaining. Just the sound of her voice makes you laugh.
ESSENCE: Kim Zolciak
Moore: White chocolate. She has got a really fiery personality. She has this no-holds barred way of thinking about life, and I think she’s interesting.
ESSENCE: Phaedra Parks
Moore: 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.
ESSENCE: Cynthia Bailey
Moore: Beautiful. Not only a stunningly beautiful woman, but she also has a good spirit.
ESSENCE: Porsha Williams
ESSENCE: Kandi Burruss
Moore: Sexy. Kandi owns her sexuality, and there’s a power in that. She’s a smart girl, and I think that’s a great mixture.