And so do we!
NeNe Leakes is one of many who personify money and power so well!
She wasn't a Real Housewife for nothin, we'll tell you that much.
And to channel her reality persona into legit acting gigs on Glee and The New Normal??? C'mon… how could anyone say she doesn't deserve to be on the cover of Ebony's Money & Power issue??
Still, many are offended by her sparking bubble bath of success, saying the magazine has now lost all credibility for placing the fearless star on their cover.
But NeNe stands firm! Speaking her mind, she says:
"I absolutely deserve to be on the cover. This cover is about money, power, and respect. And it’s about a come-up story and I’m the one that had that story this year. Not only did I come out as a reality star that was very boisterous and vivacious and outspoken and all those things. I flipped that into money and respect. And a lot of people can’t do that."
"But listen to me, definitely all of the negative feedback definitely came from my own; African Americans were the ones that were the most negative. And it’s so funny to me because I would call [the editor] over at Ebony and she would say 'Girl please, glass houses.' That’s all it is. They don’t want to see you on the cover, they don’t really understand the reason why you’re on the cover, they don’t know your story."
You go GURL!! We support you 110 percent!!!
And so does the magazine's editor-in-chief — Amy Dubois Barnett!
Coming to NeNe's defense as well, she states:
"As the magazine of record for the black community, it is Ebony’s role to both reflect the aesthetics and interests of our readership, and to inspire them toward higher aspirations for themselves and for all African Americans. The November issue featured the Obamas on the cover, and was a perfect example of the latter. The December/January issue featuring NeNe Leakes on the cover is an excellent example of the former."
And NeNe is handling the situation with class, as always!
She did learn her elegance! And she's kept it too!
[Image courtesy of Ebony.]
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