Almost a month ago, Ebony Magazine debuted their December 2012 “Power” issue which features Nene Leakes on the cover. The reality star who has a recurring role on “Glee” and a part on “The New Normal” to her credit, is pictured topless in a tub of diamonds sipping a glass of champagne.
It was immediately met with criticism. From the “tacky” photoshopped image to the fact that Nene doesn’t deserve to be on the cover of a prestigious magazine, there was no shortage of negative opinions about the cover.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Nene Leakes is crying foul. She attributes the cover’s negative reception to a lack of support from the black community and questions why we support Kim Kardashian and not her:
“It’s true and I know you’ve heard it a million times, [African Americans] just don’t support one another,” she says. “But it’s OK for you to go pick up a magazine cover with Kim Kardashian. She’s my girl. We are cool. We talk. We do drinks and all of that. But her story ain’t no different than mine. You know what I mean? I might’ve worked at the strip club, but she made a sex tape.”
“I absolutely deserve to be on the cover…This cover is about money, power, and respect. And it’s about a come-up story and I’m the one that had that story this year … Not only did I come out as a reality star that was very boisterous and vivacious and outspoken and all those things. I flipped that into money and respect. And a lot of people can’t do that.
“But listen to me, definitely all of the negative feedback definitely came from my own; African Americans were the ones that were the most negative,” she continues, adding, “And it’s so funnyto me because I would call [the editor] over at Ebony and she would say ‘Girl please, glass houses. That’s all it is. They don’t want to see you on the cover, they don’t really understand the reason why you’re on the cover, they don’t know your story.’”
Nene may have a point. She has been able to flip her reality TV stardom into a budding acting career, with roles on popular, high-profile TV shows, proving she has some talent and drive. There are plenty of celebrities who are famous for a lot less, who actually deserve such harsh criticism.