Garcelle Beauvais wanted to things her way when she joined the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As the first black Beverly Hills Housewife, Garcelle tried to be herself and show who she really is. More importantly, she didn’t want to play into any stereotypes – if asked by RHOBH producers.
“Did I feel [the] pressure of being the first Black woman on [RHOBH]? Yes, I definitely felt [the] pressure that people wanted me to come in and do a certain thing or have a chip on my shoulder,” Garcelle admitted while appearing on the July 1 episode of Reality Life with Kate Casey podcast.
The RHOBH newbie says she refused to change her true personality to fit the media’s stereotype that all Black women are angry or sassy.
“I really didn’t want to be labeled an angry black woman. That’s not who I am,” she said. “I just wanted to stay true to who I am, and I think that’s what people have been able to see so far.”
As for the show, Garcelle admits there are so many layers to Real Housewives. She explains it’s one thing to film the show but have it play out on TV and have fans share their often very opinionated thoughts on the drama, and the Housewives is a whole added layer of stress to prepare for and handle.
“I was not prepared for how social media takes over. Lisa Rinna told me that it is one thing to shoot the show,” Garcelle said. “It’s another to see it and what the others have said about you. Then the whole world weighs in. There are so many layers to be on the show.”
I think so far, Garcelle is having a great first season. Fans are enjoying Garcelle, and from my perspective, we are getting to know who she really is, which I love.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.
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