The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Phaedra Parks Talks Pregnancy, Photo Shoots, and her Reality TV Persona
January 08, 2011 03:00 PM by Shayla Perry
One of the newest Real Housewives of Atlanta, Phaedra Parks has had quite the storyline on her first season of the Bravo reality series. From her husband’s criminal past, her questionable pregnancy, to photo shoots with pickles and pooping babies, the self-proclaimed “Southern belle” has been nothing short of entertaining. But according to Phaedra, it’s all a part of her “role” on the show, andÂ “that’s what makes it good TV.” But why would a successful attorney even want to go on a reality show?
It’s been an interesting season so far for the newest Hotlanta Housewife, Phaedra Parks. But despite her sometimes controversial storylines, Parks says that she’s loving every minute of being on the show–even if she wasn’t a fan before joining the cast.
But why would a successful entertainment attorney even consider having her dirty laundry aired on a reality show–especially when that show is The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and that “laundry” includes a husband who’s done jail time?
According to an interview with TV Guide, Phedra Parks was simply drawn to the idea of being able to document her pregnancy on the Bravo reality show.
“I had seen it maybe once or twice, but I wasn’t a fan,” Parks told TV Guide. “I think the opportunity presented itself at a very interesting time in my life. I was pregnant, and I didn’t think it was a bad idea to have that documented. My baby, unlike most children, will be able to say, ‘Hey, I can watch my mom’s pregnancy and I can actually watch myself being born on television!’”
And the self-proclaimed “Southern belle” had no hesitation when it came to showing the whole world her pregnancy and birth–even if she wasn’t completely honest about the due date.
“I wish they had detailed more of the things that went on, some of the problems,” Parks told TV Guide. “I’m well over 30, so it was a high-risk pregnancy, and I’m a professional woman, which made it even more high-risk because of the stress level and responsibilities I had. I think that a lot of woman would’ve identified…but they didn’t choose to show that.”
As for her now infamous photo shoots with her photographer, Spark St. Jude, Phaedra still stands by her decision to take the pics, but says that she and husband, Apollo, didn’t purchase the ones with the pickles–thankfully.
“We do have pregnancy photos from that same shoot–but you didn’t get to see it on the show–and they’re hanging in our bedroom. We’ve known that photographer for years, and she has great ideas. The pickles were her idea–and that is what people associate with pregnancy! I really didn’t understand where some of the viewer comments were coming from, but I guess people have sort of become oversexed. Everything turns into something with a sexual connotation. I thought they were nice pictures; we just went with other ones.”
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