NeNe’s second-time-around marriage to her long-time love Gregg Leakes has given us the opportunity to see the fabulous, but feisty Marlo Hampton on our screens yet again. We got a chance to meet the fancy diva on “Real Housewives Of Atlanta,” where she burst onto the scene as an Atlanta socialite, who was rumored to be media mogul and CNN founder, Ted Turner’s hot chocolate arm candy. So to say Marlo’s reputation proceeds her would be an understatement.
As one third of the “RHOA” clique, “The Talls,” Marlo fit right in alongside NeNe and Cynthia Bailey. Her sharp tongue and lavish ways made her the source of disdain for the opposing “RHOA” group, “The Smalls.” But that didn’t stop reality show darling, NeNe from loving Marlo. In fact, NeNe loves Marlo so much, she made the outspoken diva one of her bridesmaids!
“I Dream Of NeNe: The Wedding,”(airing Tuesdays at 9pm EST/PT on Bravo) is a new docu-series that chronicles all that happens on the road to NeNe and Gregg’s second marriage and extravagant wedding, mirroring her over-the-top personality.
With a star-studded, high-profile wedding comes big responsibilities, especially for the army of women who rally behind the bride as a support system, aka the bridesmaids. We caught up with one of NeNe’s most outspoken bridesmaids, Marlo and she gabbed with us about every lavish detail of NeNe’s nuptials. Marlo gave us some amazing tips if we ever find ourselves in a wedding where the bridesmaids get to wear their own fabulous pair of Christian Louboutins!
HB: How did you get to be one of NeNe’s bridesmaids?
Tip #1: It’s all about the chemistry!
MH: When NeNe and I first met, the odds were against us. It was said that we’d probably fight because of the rumors of her having dated my ex-boyfriend. I don’t care what happened in his past. NeNe and I hit it off. It was like we’d known each other for years.
HB: What was your favorite part of being one of NeNe’s bridesmaids?
Tip #2: Look fabulous!
Marlo Hampton: I got to design my own gown. That was the best thing. We were all able to design our own gowns. I feel if you’re wearing something that you love that works for you–one shoulder, strapless–you can own your own look. It made me feel like I was a designer. [laughs]
Tip #3: Remember it’s ALL about the bride.
HB: What are your three tips to a bridesmaid in a high-profile wedding?
MH: 1. Don’t pay the bridesmaids that you don’t like any attention. Don’t interact with them if they’re arguing, that only stresses the bride more. 2. Speak your mind. Tell the truth and be honest with the bride and the bridesmaids. You have to be honest. I don’t know how to not be honest. 3. Be supportive of your bride.
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