Love them or hate them, Reality TV stars are hot property in today’s world- turning otherwise fame seeking hopefuls into multi-media darlings.
So, in honor of their impact, VIBE called on Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss, Basketball ‘wife’ Evelyn Lozada, Love & Hip Hop star Chrissy Lampkin and Braxton sister Tamar for their June/July 2012 SEXY ISSUE.
Peep excerpts from their spread before it hits news stands below:
VIBE: Star Jones started a petition,lashing out against women and violence on reality TV. What’s your reaction?
Evelyn: [Bursts into laughter] I think she’s going to have to get a whole lot of names. Actually, I like the petition and I like the controversy because I’ve learned controversy is good.
But I think she’s irrelevant. And she’s using our coattails to get relevant again. Nobody gives a f*ck about her.
Do any of you see yourselves as role models?
Chrissy: I guess if somebody is afraid to speak their mind and wanna stand up for themselves, then yes. I want people to realize that they can have whatever they want.
You can be respected in your relationship exactly the way you want to be. It’s up to you to go get it.
Some of the stuff is a little heavy, but you’re not going to be exposed to crazy situations in life just by watching reality TV. You can go to the corner store and see crazy shit going on. You can go to school and see crazy shit.Don’t put it all on me.
Kandi: You would never imagine how many people come up to me on the street: “How could you be a part of that? It’s a disgrace to Black people.” I’m on a show called Real Housewives and I’m not married so I guess I represent single mothers out there who are handling their business and trying to take things to the next level.
So when people say, “You shouldn’t be on the show, it’s like, “Well, who do you want to go on there? More people you don’t like?”
So you’re saying the producers orchestrated the violence?
Chrissy: Absolutely. They would go as far as telling the new girl, “Chrissy thinks she’s Queen Bee around here so we need you to step up because nobody here has a strong enough personality.
We need you to shut it down.” They were feeding people this negative energy from the door. I have no reason to lie.