The Housewives know that if you don't grind, you don't shine. And unique side hustles are common in the Bravo world, especially among these busy ladies. However, the additional jobs some of our 'Wives take on vary wildly — and are rarely boring:
Kandi Burruss: Pleasure Product CEO
Kandi is a renowned songwriter who wrote Destiny's Child's first number one hit as well as the famous words to TLC's "No Scrubs." She also recently opened a restaurant and a baby clothing line with her hubby, has two TAGS clothing boutiques in Atlanta and Las Vegas, and is bringing back her saucy podcast. But so far, those ventures are side side hustles compared to her adult toy line, Bedroom Kandi. Kandi's products are cleverly disguised as everyday feminine items like lipsticks and compacts, which is enticing for the shy, and anyone can throw Tupperware-style Bedroom Kandi parties to sell them to their friends.
Phaedra Parks: Mortician
Everyone who watches The Real Housewives of Atlanta knows that Phaedra spends her days as an attorney. But she also moonlights as a licensed mortician who has helped prepare bodies and plan services for her own family members, as well as a clientele she's already connected to personally or professionally. Even Bette Midler has prepositioned Phaedra about doing her future funeral. A string of personal tragedies inspired her to get into the business, which she approaches with the utmost reverence.
Lisa Rinna: QVC Queen
Lisa is not afraid to admit that she'll make a buck in any way possible — including wearing a pair of Depends undergarments on a faux red carpet (as seen recently on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills). But her Lisa Rinna Collection for QVC is perhaps one of her best-known side hustles. Must be those faux-leather leggings.
Luann D'Agostino and Kim Zolciak-Biermann: Dance Music Acts
The artist formerly known as the Countess, Luann has written an etiquette book and released her own clothing and bedding lines. But her most vibrant endeavor was perhaps her dance music act with three catchy singles: "Money Can't Buy You Class" (2010), "Chic C'est La Vie" (2011) and "Girl Code" (which she premiered on WWHL with her daughter Victoria in 2015), all of which are still bopping along on iTunes. Kim isn't expected to drop any more music, but 2009's Kandi-penned "Don't Be Tardy for the Party" (which was originally based on a song written by Kim's former singing teacher) inspired the title of her own family reality show, Don't Be Tardy, keeping it firmly in mind.
Tamra Judge: Bodybuilding Superwoman
Tamra was a tiny lady when she first appeared on The Real Housewives of Orange County in Season 3, but her guns are now fully out. After opening a gym called Cut Fitness with husband Eddie, she took her own frame to the next level, competing in bodybuilding competitions and ensuring that no one will ever boss her around.
Meghan King Edmonds: Candle Whisperer
New mom Meghan is side hustling with candles, fragrances, and home products under the name K. Hall Designs, the product and retail development specialist for K. Hall Studio in Newport Beach, CA. She's even gotten her husband Jim into the act. "Who would have thought that you would have had this creative knack in you for candles?" she teased on the Season 11 premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Sonja Morgan: Caburlesque Performer
Listen, Sonja isn't always the best at getting products launched. She's got a lifestyle clothing line, but we're still waiting for that infamous toaster oven. However, her Caburlesque performances are still legendary. It's a combo of cabaret and burlesque, but we wouldn't blame you for thinking there might have been a little Cabernet involved. Her Real Housewives of New York City pal Carole Radziwill admitted, "I mean, it's not Moulin Rouge, it's not Dita Von Teese, but it's Sonja Morgan."