From finances to fumbling history, the divorced diva speaks...
By S. Tia Brown
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams dropped by JET’s New York City office. Check out what she had to say about life post ex-husband Kordell Stewart, building her own empire, Underground Railroad-gate and more. This is no holds barred— Porsha tells all.
On Thinking the Underground Railroad Was a Real Train:
“It was a brain lapse. I have Porsha moments that you’ve seen on the show before. For me seeing that I knew that I had to go back and brush up on my history so I’m representing my legacy well.”
On Financial Independence:
“I have a new hair line called Naked Hair , so I’ve been putting a lot of time into that. I found a hair vendor that I really love — it’s top of the line hair— and decided to share. It’s online right now and I’m working on a location. I’d like to have a salon with a boutique next door. We can have events there and talk about hair care.”
On Being More Than a Kept Woman:
“After high school, I attended AIU college and majored in business information technology. Then I was in sales, I worked in furniture sales at Rooms-t0-Go. I also worked at Center for Disease Control. I always had a job, or two. My mother was an entrepreneur and so was my father, so it just was in my blood to want to own something for myself. Before I became a wife I had my own business, a childcare center, that I started when I was 24 years old. My mother was in the field, so I saved up money from previous jobs and got my own location. You can be spoiled and still know how to handle business.”
On Dancing in Music Videos:
“That was around when I was 21. It’s what you did in Atlanta when you wanted to become a model, and you were young and beautiful. They pay you to walk across the screen and that’s what I did. I had a good time back then. It’s not like I danced on a table top naked. I was young and having a good time. Most girls at that age are dancing at a night club and I was in a video working as a model at that time. It was professional. I’d go to work and leave.”
On Acting Up:
“I was recently in Kandi Burruss’ play, A Mother’s Love. I was singing and acting and I got the bug.”
On Buying Her Big House – Solo:
“It was the same cost as a condo, and I have big family. So for me it was a smart decision. It was the right price. It was the right timing so I jumped on it. It’s been the best thing. We have BBQs there. We had Christmas there. I just love being in my home, so it was well worth it for me.”
On Watching Her Divorce on TV:
“It was a journey. Most women who go through a divorce get to experience behind closed doors. I’m going through it on national television. When I watch it I just see my growth and I’m proud of myself. Even though I didn’t feel up to doing some things at the time I did it. Now I feel like my heart caught up and I’m getting back to Porsha.”
On Her Relationship with Kordell — and Questioning His Sexual Preference:
“We don’t speak now. When I watch myself on the show I know those were my feelings at the time and I own it. It was a hurtful point in my life and that was just me being real. Am I still at that place? No. I just want to learn from my mistakes. I don’t have any regrets.”
On Marriage and Dating the New Porsha:
“I am a hopeless romantic. I do believe in love and I will definitely get married again. I feel like I was a great wife. I gave my all in my marriage. My next husband will get a woman who knows what she wants and has a voice.”
Check out the Real Housewives of Atlanta on Sundays at 8/7c p.m. on Bravo.