‘RHOA’ Reunion Part 1: 5 Lessons Learned

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    Porsha Stewart, Real Housewives of Atlanta season 5 reunion, Kandi Burruss

    Kenya Moore has called Phaedra Parks a liar on more than one occasion (including during the reunion when Phaedra said her hair was real), but her co-stars showed up to the reunion ready to punch holes in all her stories.

    Porsha Stewart drew first blood when she suggested that Kenya, who considers herself a significant figure in beauty pageant history because of her ’93 Miss USA title, lied about being the first Black Miss USA winner.

    Porsha said Kenya should have made mention of the first Miss USA winner of African descent, Carole Gist, who is also Cherokee. Did Kenya incorrectly tout herself as the first Black Miss USA? Though Carole was of African descent, she wasn’t exactly brown, so that may explain why Kenya would consider herself the first Black Miss USA. One thing is for sure: she has placed herself among history’s trailblazers, such as Hattie McDaniel from whom her “Gone With the Wind fabulous” phrase originates.

    Was she the first Black Miss USA winner? That may depend on your definition of Black.

    Phaedra also challenged Kenya’s assertion that her workout DVD is performing better than the attorney’s. While Kenya sited the Internet as the source of her information, Phaedra countered that Amazon.com listed her “Phine Body” DVD as a three-time bestseller. Host Andy Cohen sided with Phaedra, informing the viewers that he was also unable to find anything confirming that Kenya’s DVD was outselling Phaedra’s.

    Either way, the challenges from Phaedra and Porsha proved Porsha wrong. The series newcomer once suggested that info about Kenya wasn’t accessible via Internet search engines, but the ladies have definitely been looking her up. As Kim Zolciak famously sang: “Google Me.”

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