The newest addition to ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reality franchise Miss Kenya Moore is crazy! And we mean, crazy for coco puffs, a looney bin, loo-loo loco! The former Miss USA (I thought it was Miss Universe until I was properly informed but excuse me for trying to give her an upgrade).
But here’s what I’m getting at. Were you all as shocked as I was when you watched the premiere episode of ‘RHOA’ season 5? I mean wow at Miss Kenya!!!
I remember Kenya all too well. Why? Because the year she won Miss USA, 1993, she made news as the second black women in history to claim the title, behind Carole Anne-Marie Gistin 1990. (Although we previously reported actress Vanessa Williams was the first African American woman to win she actually was the first to win Miss America (two different pageants).
The night she won I had been watching and I remember it being a moving and emotional experience to watch a black woman win. It was major news in the black community. Following her win, Moore dabbled in acting and continued to model and even started her own production company but, I think we can all agree, her Miss USA win was the highlight of her career.
Nearly twenty years later she’s back. Unfortunately, her second shot at having an A-list career, provided by the vehicle that is reality television, we’re all now learning Kenya Moore is actually not all that likeable, is she?
When it comes to celebrities I’ve always said never put them on high pedestals because they’re human first and as humans they make mistakes too. It is one of the reasons I’m never as harsh in my criticism of celebrities when they make poor decisions. I also don’t believe celebrities should be forced to be role models just because they’re in the spotlight. In my opinion, whether a person is a celebrity or not, some people cannot inspire change if they don’t know how to change. They can’t be or become anything for others what they haven’t done or overcome for themselves. What I hope, rather, is that they learn from their own experiences, whatever it may be.
With that said I really have to say this. Kenya Moore really disappointed a lot of women who looked up to her. Could she just be putting on the drama just for TV? Perhaps. We all know a memorable “character” will have longevity on a show, especially on reality television. But is this how she wants to be remembered? Her criticism of the models during an open audition for the Bailey Agency was off-putting, harsh, it lacked tact and she was blatantly rude and disrespectful! What a way to use that vehicle huh?
Let’s be honest, if Kenya Moore had come on to the show and acted like a perfect angel I wouldn’t have believed any of it. In fact, most of us would have said she’s fake and being phony. I get that some people don’t mind airing out their dirty laundry while others prefer keep things private but Kenya went from the beautiful African American former Miss USA to dragon lady. And I’m being nice here. What a disappointment! Now she’s enthralled in a public celebrity feud with cast mate Cynthia Bailey.
The women she thinks she’s giving constructive criticism to are perhaps some of those same girls she inspired to pursue their own modeling careers. The girls she may have inspired to be the first black winner in their town, their state, or even their own country. Kenya, it’s not always what you say but how you say it. You’re just rude! I see you’re aiming for NeNe Leakes spot. This is her last season after all. Good luck with that. I would have preferred you stayed off reality television. At least we would all still like you.
Let’s rehash Kenya’s attitude during Cynthia’s open call shall we?