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Marlo Hampton Explains Why Her Nonprofit, Glam It Up, Doesn't Accept Used Clothing

The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member shared the story behind her charity for girls in foster care and why hand-me-down clothing has no part in it.

By Lauren Harano
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During the June 19 episode of The Real Housewives of AtlantaMarlo Hampton shared new details about her charity, Glam It Up.

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"My foundation, Glam It Up, started off [in] 2011 as an initiative," Marlo said in an episode interview. "It got big — it got so successful and we kept having events. I'm like, "Hey, we gonna make this a nonprofit. We're gonna make this big and this is something I'm gonna do for the rest of my life.'"

While speaking at The Ultimate Women's Expo in Atlanta during the episode, Marlo opened up more about her life and what prompted her to start the foundation. "I was raised by my biological mother who struggled from substance abuse, so I got introduced to the foster care system," she recounted. "I was in and out of five different foster homes. I was mad at the world. You know, I just didn't believe I ever had real love or somewhere where I could call home. I want people to just know, you're not alone. I went through it, and I made it."

Marlo added, "My main purpose is to let them know: Just because you're in foster care, does not mean you're not worthy. If you dream it, you can achieve it."

Later in the episode, Marlo explained why her charity does not accept used clothes after Kandi Burruss offered to donate pieces. "With my girls, I don't [ever] give them hand-me-downs or used clothes because when I was in foster care, I always got hand-me-downs," Marlo told Kandi. "It just didn't make me feel good. I always want them, you know, just knowing they're worthy."

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