The real business women of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'!

These women bring home the bacon

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Don't let the name of the series get you twisted; the women of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" all work. Other than the now dearly departed ex-castmate Kim Zolciak, Porsha Stewart seems to be the only true "housewife." These women earn their own incomes.

The current running theme of the show seems to be that friends and business don't mix. This is not a new concept for our Georgia peaches. Kim and her ex-BFF Kandi Burruss, had beef for the longest time over Kim's iTunes hit song, "Tardy for the Party." Grammy Award-winning producer Burruss helped Kim to develop the song and then received no payment in return.

The ladies of the ATL serve up a strong work ethic to go with the drama. The show's central career-related drama focuses on Southern belle Phaedra Parks and former Miss USA Kenya Moore. Phaedra and her hunky hubby, Apollo, sought Kenya out as a consultant and would-be producer on Phaedra's "Donkey Booty" exercise video.

The threesome already shared awkward moments on previous episodes, when Apollo somehow found it acceptable to hoist the leggy beauty queen over his shoulder and toss her into the pool as if they were lovers on a honeymoon. Obviously this didn't go over well with Ms. Parks. Then Kenya hinted that she would enjoy being a birthday present for Apollo. This was before she asked in a business meeting whether the couple ever indulged in bedroom role play.

But wait, there's more...

In the show's coming attractions, it seems that Kenya may pull a big business no-no. The model and producer will be creating her own "Stallion Booty" exercise video after her relationship with Phaedra completely disintegrates. Someone call in an intellectual property expert, stat! It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Phaedra and Kenya are not the only business women in Atlanta. Let's see how our hard working Hotlanta entrepreneurs are making their mark in the business world.

Real business ventures of the ATL queens:

NeNe Leakes

NeNe's show intro says it all: "I have arrived, honey, and the spotlight is on me." The Bravolebrity is shining in Hollywood. NeNe is everywhere from "Glee" and "The New Normal" to the Golden Globes. Last year, the blonde diva made headlines by exclaiming to former castmate Sheree Whitfield, "I am rich, bitch." Well, the actress never said that she was about sisterhood.


When Phaedra came to the show, it was as a high-powered attorney. Since then she's dipped her fingers into other ventures. Last season, Phaedra was obsessed with the funeral business. She became BFFs with local undertaker Willie Watkins to put on over-the-top funeral services. This season, Phaedra aspires to help get women's butts physically in gear.

Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia's main venture is her School of Fashion. The diva made money mistakes in the past with a failed restaurant, but now she seems to be on her game. Her ex-boyfriend Russell Simmons helped her to name The Bailey Agency.


Kandi is all about multiple streams of income. She owns an Atlanta retail store and a nail shop. The singer and producer also owns Bedroom Kandi, a line of women's intimate pleasure products.

Who says that you can't learn anything from the women of reality TV?

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