Teresa Giudice surprised everyone when she debuted her new physique at her first bodybuilding competition earlier this month. She took the stage in a skimpy purple bikini in the NPC South Jersey Championships in Medford, New Jersey, placing third in the Bikini: 40+ category in the competition.
And you can bet that Andy Cohen has seen what The Real Housewives of New Jersey yoga fanatic has been up to. "I loved it. It was awesome," the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host told ABC News recently. "I thought it was amazing."
He's not the only one showing love for Teresa as she pursues this new interest. She recently told Us Weekly how her husband, Joe Giudice, reacted to the news of her bodybuilding. “I don’t think he wanted to get me on stage in a bathing suit. Then he recently said to me, ‘You know what, you should do it.’ He’s been so supportive; he’s so happy for me,' she said, adding, “Joe said to me ‘T, if you really wanted to do this, I wouldn’t have been able to stop you anyway. I never stopped you from doing anything."
Her brother, Joe Gorga, has been right be her side as she steps into this world, taking to Instagram to support her, writing, "Proud of my sister for her hard work and dedication!! #gorgablood."
As for why Teresa has decided to step into the world of bodybuilding, well, when speaking to Us Weekly, she elaborated a bit more on that. “It was something I’ve always wanted to do. For myself. I like always being in shape. I’ve gone to the gym since I could drive, I’ve always worked out. it’s something I wanted to try,” she said. “I wanted to see my body transform and if I could do it — and I did! It was a big challenge and I love the results.”
Check out photos of Teresa through the years, below.