Part of being on the Real Housewives is exposing your family and your children. The daughters of the Real Housewives talk about being on the show and what’s it like exclusively to Glamour. Caroline Manzo’s daughter Lauren admits she got caught up in the fame while Countess Luann’s daughter, Victoria reveals she doesn’t even like to be in front of the camera!
Lauren Manzo reveals her biggest issue with being on the show was how people would look at her weight. Lauren says, “When we first began the show, my biggest fear was viewers noticing my weight. I knew I was heavy, and I knew people were going to say something, but I did everything I could to hide it and act like I was confident. When the show started to become more popular, I had these younger girls say to me on Twitter and Facebook, “I look up to you; I love the fact that you’re not a size 2.” I said to myself, You know what? All these other women are struggling. Let’s put this on the show. My mom and I have always been open about my weight. I’ll say stuff like, “Oh my God, my stomach is so big today!” We’ve learned to joke about it. When she said on the show, “I’m not going to tell Lauren she looks perfect when she needs to lose a few pounds,” that didn’t bother me. What upset me is when people wrote and said, “Your own mother thinks you’re disgusting.” Not because they’re calling me fat but because they’re going after my mom. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get caught up in being on TV for a little bit. I said to my boyfriend, Vito, a while ago, “I found a ring that I want. Go buy it, and we’ll get married on TV.” And then I said to myself, That’s not what I want right now. It doesn’t make sense to get married. I need to become a woman on my own. And I don’t think I could do that right now with a ring on my finger.”
Lisa Vanderpump’s daughter Pandora says she was having doubts filming her wedding on season 2 and would never sign on to do a reality show. Pandora adds, “I’m a more private person than my mother is. So when Jason proposed, we had to think about how we were going to do this wedding. My mother’s life is on television, but mine really isn’t. I didn’t mind that the planning was on TV, because, to be honest, it’s quite nice to have a record of all that. Who else gets to relive picking out their invitations or their bachelorette party? When it came to the actual day, my mother said, “However you want to do it is OK.” I didn’t let Bravo film any of the wedding. I had a regular videographer like many people do. I edited the footage, then chose what I wouldn’t mind people seeing, and we gave eight minutes of it to Bravo to use.” Pandora mentions how hard it was watching her mother getting attacked at the season 2 reunion saying, “I wouldn’t sign up for a reality show myself. I didn’t even get through watching the whole episode of the season-two reunion. It’s hard to see someone you love being attacked. I’ve had urges to fight my mother’s battles for her, but she doesn’t like me to. She can handle herself very well.”
Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter looks at Real Housewives as family therapy! Brianna says that when the first season came on they would read horrible things people would say and ever since both don’t read blogs. Brianna adds, “I’ve seen every episode that’s aired. It’s hard to watch them. Nobody likes to hear their own voice, and it’s weird to see yourself on TV. It’s really tough to see the family things replayed, like my parents’ split. I’d experienced it six or eight months before, then had to relive it on TV, and that’s when it becomes public. People are approaching me, saying, “I can’t believe your parents are getting divorced!” And it reopens the wound. But it’s kind of like therapy. Most of the time our family’s not very open about our feelings with one another, so we see each family member on TV talk about their reaction to the divorce. It’s nice because you can sit down and say, “Oh, Mike [Briana’s 26-year-old brother], I didn’t know you felt that way.” It allows us to recognize what each other is going through.”
Countess LuAnn’s daughter Victoria reveals she doesn’t even like to be in front of a camera! Victoria says that since being on the show, “People ask me, “Has being on TV changed how people treat you? Are people nice to you for the wrong reasons?” In a way, it has made it easier for me to see who’s really my friend. This guy friend of mine, we kissed once, and he said, “I could introduce you to my friends and tell them you’re from the show.” I was like, “That’s the first thing you’d tell your friends about me?” I’ve never had any boy luck from the show. Maybe guys are just intimidated.”
Lastly Glamour spoke to Tierra Fuller who is the daughter of RHOA star Sheree Whitfield. Tierre believes that her mother is a role model. Tierre says it was really hard to watch the whole Marlo/Sheree situation saying, “I find myself getting very angry when I watch the show. Then I’ll talk to my mom, and she’s like, “You know, you can’t get too emotional about it.” The whole Marlo thing was hard for me. [In season four, Whitfield and cast mate Marlo Hampton engaged in a screaming match over a snubbed dinner invitation.] That fight was really intense. You want to protect your family, and that’s my mom! If I’m watching and something goes down, I’ll send her a text, like, “Wow, why did you two start arguing? Did that really happen?” And then she’ll give me the background.”
It must be really hard to be on camera and not really have much of a choice. Who’s your favorite real housewife daughter?