Kenya Moore almost had me.
After the last episode where she was super-shaded by her own mother, my heart burst for Kenya. I thought about what it must do to your development as a woman when your mother rejects you for decades. I watched Kenya's spirit break on that episode. For the first time since her debut on Real Housewives of Atlanta, I felt like she might have a soul.
I had almost purchased my #TeamKenya t-shirt.
But leave it to Kenya, Bravo TV and the shade-throwing editors to bring me back where I belong. For those of you who may have missed it, Sunday's episode of RHOA featured Kenya being lightweight offended by Kim Field's Beatless Brunch invite. Kim Fields sent everyone a audio invite, asking the ladies to meet at her house for brunch sans make-up. Her goal was to celebrate each woman's natural beauty. Seems innocent enough, right? Clearly, not for Kenya.
Kenya came out of her house with all the attitude she could find. Kandi arrived to pick her up and she entered the car with a full face of makeup on. Her reasoning, she told Kandi, was because she was grown and NOBODY was going to tell her that she couldn't wear make up. To be fair, all of the ladies (except Sheree) broke the rules and donned a full face, but Kenya did so with quite the 'tude. During the brunch, Kenya aired her umbrage and told Kim that she didn't appreciate being told that she wears too much makeup. Kim, as always, made us proud to be black women and handled the situation with the stern grace that she always does; moving on to complete the discussion while Kenya sat there with the #StayMadAbby face.
You might think that the problem was Kenya's awkward address of the situation. Or that she always seems to pick a fight with Kim Fields over trivial matters. While both of those concepts are factual, neither is the real issue.
No, the issues go much deeper than that. Kenya fails where many women do. While she promotes womens' empowerment, she secretly can't deal with any other confident woman who has an opinion that differs from hers. She deflects happiness and postivity when shown by other women. She often chooses to turn positive (or even indifferent) comments into personal attacks against her. It's like she's looking for a fight when she comes into contact with another confident woman.
I'll let the nickel-and-dime psychologists speculate about how much of the previous paragraph has to do with the fact that she doesn't have a relationship with her mother (no shade). I will also say that Kenya grew up doing pageants and probably had to develop this unfortunate behavior to survive the pageant world. Pageants can be dog-eat-dog and can turn some of the happy, humble women into complete monsters.
Here's what's really going to get you. Kenya should have been the first one popping through the door with no makeup on. Have you seen her natural pics? She is nothing short of gorgeous. This could have been the perfect opportunity to show the world that her beauty is authentic. But nooooooo, she had to go and get all up in arms because someone hinted that she celebrate herself sans makeup.
There is no crime in donning a full beat. Neither is it a sin to go au natural. However, to get the stank face just because someone suggests that you're equally beautiful without makeup as you are with it on is doing the most, even for Kenya. I know that Bravo has to get ratings and pay bills, but c'mon girl. Tutti was trying to give you a compliment. Don't start wars in Switzerland.