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Porsha Williams: I Was Bullied as a Child

The 'RHOA' star reveals how her mother gave her strength.

By Jocelyn Vena

Porsha Williams is one tough cookie—a sassy Southerner who can throw shade with the bset of them. But the Real Housewives of Atlanta star didn't always didn't always have it easy. And in a new interview, she recalls being bullied by her schoolmates in Atlanta.

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"My outside beauty wasn't always so pretty, though," she tells Upscale magazine, via Reality Tea. "I went to school in DeKalb County, (Chapel Hill Elementary and Junior High) [and] was bullied all through elementary and junior high for being super skinny with big teeth, and, believe it or not, other black girls would tease me and pull my hair because it was long."

Her family was her foundation through that time in her life and she is now sharing the important lesson her mom taught her. "I grew up living a good life," she says. "I was raised by my mom and spent weekends with my dad because they were separated. My mom has always been my biggest inspiration. She taught me that beauty comes from the inside out; but I also know that the outside does matter."

In addition to her mom, Porsha has been inspired by her grandfather, Hosea Williams, to bring attention to important causes.

"With all the menial stuff that we argue about and give attention to, there are so many things going on in the world today that need our attention desperately," she says. "We're celebrating a historic march (the fiftieth anniversary of Selma), but we're also marching for present-day injustices and prejudices."

"I remember being 6 or 7 years old and marching on the front line with my grandfather," she further recalls. "We were pelted not only by rocks and bottles, but also with fervent use of [the n-word]. I've stood for something, so no matter what people think, I won't fall for just anything."

So does she think that fans are getting the full idea of her when they watch RHOA? "It's funny, but not, that I can feel so confident in my own skin, even with my flaws," she says. "But my looks have warranted a general consensus that I'm ditzy or an airhead, thanks to the show. It's meant for entertainment, so I get it. But off camera, behind the doors of my office, it's a different story."

[Source: Reality Tea]


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