An interview from essence.com
If you've ever caught an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta lately, then surely you're familiar with Kenya Moore.Â This former beauty queen has shown an edgier, gone-with-the-wind-fabulous side of herself on the show, and is now turning her reality star fame into dollar signs with the release of her Booty Boot Camp workout DVD.Â We caught up with Moore to get the scoop how she keeps those dangerous curves of hers and what really happened with the whole donkey booty/stallion booty face-off.
ESSENCE: You’re coming to the ESSENCE Festival this summer. Why are you excited to be a part of this year’s festival?
Kenya Moore: ESSENCE represents the voice of Black women. I’ve always looked up to ESSENCE because it has made us feel and look more beautiful than the world had ever seen us prior to the magazine coming out. It’s such a positive image of Black women. It helps us to maintain our spiritual health, our lives at home as well as at work.
ESSENCE: At the festival we have empowerment seminars and it's a really uplifting vibe. There’s been some talk that maybe reality TV has worked against empowering Black women What’s your take on that as a reality star?
Kenya Moore: I completely disagree. As a Black woman in the entertainment industry there aren’t a lot of representations of us period. Reality television, especially for women over 40, has been great for us and it has empowered and encouraged us to build our brand and be business women and be able to do it all. You can be a mother you can be a business woman, you can be a stay at home mom. It empowers you to be who you are as a woman. I really make no apologies for it because that’s who you are and I think that it’s positive in that regard. Anyone looking at any type of programming will find fault with it. There will be people with an opinion but I think at the end of the day it’s all entertainment and you have to get the positive and negatives from any programming.
ESSENCE: Have you ever been to New Orleans before?
Kenya Moore: I have and I love New Orleans. Trust me I can’t wait to come!
ESSENCE: What are your favorite spots?
Kenya Moore: I don’t know the name of them, I just know how to get to them from my hotel, because I usually always stay at the same hotel so I know exactly what street to go down. The food will get you in trouble because it’s so good. My family is from Louisiana so I love Creole food.