14 Real Housewives Who Had Real Jobs Before Reality TV
Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise is known for featuring women of a certain lavish lifestyle, but the term “Housewives” is a bit misleading because many of the women who star on any of the given shows are actually single, and/or have a thriving career. While there are definitely a fair number of cast members who don’t work, or rather have created work for themselves based off their reality TV fame, there’s a number of ladies who came onto the show with an already successful career who deserve a shout out for their hard work! Here’s a look at 14 Real Housewives who have real jobs outside of reality TV!
14. Carole Radziwill
Before Carole Radziwill joined The Real Housewives of New York City she made a name for herself as an author and journalist. She has one of the most interesting careers of all the women in the entire Real Housewives franchise! Her novel What Remains landed on the New York Times Best Sellers List and she won three Emmys and a Peabody Award for her work with Peter Jennings. During her long career at ABC News, she reported on stories from Cambodia, India and the Middle East, including the first Gulf War in 1991 and the Afghanistan War in 2001. Radziwill also wrote the book The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating (she is currently working on a new book), and worked as a contributing writer to Glamour and Porter magazine.
13. Kandi Burruss
Grammy award winning singer, Kandi Burruss, was doing just fine in her career before joining The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Reality TV is definitely not her sole enterprise. She’s an extremely successful singer, songwriter and producer. Burruss’ singing career dates back to the early ’90s. She was first a member of the successful girl group Xscape until she branched off on her own for a solo career focused on production and songwriting. She’s penned a number of huge hits like “No Scrubs” for TLC, “Bills, Bills, Bills” for Destiny’s Child, and “There You Go” for Pink.