theGrio: NeNe Leakes’ EBONY Power 100 Cover Sparks Online Debate

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Never one to be camera shy, reality star-turned-actress Nene Leakes covers the recent Power 100 issue of Ebony magazine. The photograph features a smiling Leakes raising a glass of champagne, while sitting pretty in a bathtub filled with diamonds.

Known for her infamous, simply stated mantra, “I’m very rich,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star made her way up the Hollywood hierarchy, landing a guest spot on the hit series Glee before making it big on the new NBC comedy The New Normal. She plays the mouthy secretary Rocky, a character crafted specifically for her by the show’s creator Ryan Murphy.

“”I’ve always liked acting — I did it years ago, this isn’t my first time doing it… I love becoming a character outside of who I am,” Leakes said in an interview last month. “Even when I was a little girl, I loved make believe, so I like it.”

While Leakes has certainly extended the typical fifteen minutes of fame allotted to reality stars and become a prosperous household name, the flamboyant nature of her Ebony cover has lead the blogosphere to question her sense of taste. “It’s the money and power issue, but the message doesn’t quite get conveyed that way,” writes Brittney M. Walker at EURWeb. “It looks sort of cheap and gimmicky.”

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