Porsha Stewart is a saucy southern lady and embodies the essence of a confident woman, wise beyond her years. A true "Georgia Peach," Porsha was born and raised in a prominent family in Atlanta and is the granddaughter of Civil Rights leader and philanthropist, Rev. Hosea Williams.
Residing in the exclusive Buckhead community in Atlanta, Porsha is the recent bride to former NFL football player Kordell Stewart and takes pride in being a new mom to Kordell's son, Syre.
Porsha gave me the scoop on what it has been like being a "Housewife," what her platform is and addresses some of the comments she has made. Read my full interview with Porsha below and be sure to catch her on The Real Housewives of Atlanta now at a new time Sundays 8/7c on Bravo.
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How has your life changed by joining the cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and how did it come about?
Porsha Stewart: “I’m a lot more busy since joining the cast and of course now in the public eye. I also now have to talk and relive real life situations that I’ve been through, which doesn’t normally happen in your everyday life…in this world it happens, and then you rehash it over again. How I joined the cast…Atlanta has a very small social circle and these ladies are in it and I got involved in it that way. Some of the ladies I knew as well as my family, and then Bravo just asked me to join.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Was your husband supportive of the decision?
Porsha Stewart: “He was very supportive, the first thing in the beginning that he was concerned about the most was our privacy. He’s used to the spotlight because of his NFL career, and here I am now putting us in pop-culture media. He enjoys it, and actually thinks that it’s funny…he laughs at everything even when they’re not funny to me (laughs).”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Have you watched the show previously, and if so did you have an idea who you would get along with the most?
Porsha Stewart: “Definitely, I was a fan of the show prior to joining the cast…there were some that I thought I would hit it off with, and it just didn’t turn out that way it just ended up being completely different for some reason.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What was your platform you wanted to represent going in as the new housewife?
Porsha Stewart: “I wanted people to see many things, and being a newlywed, I wanted to show that dynamic of a brand new couple of trying to make it, and the wife trying to be a successful business woman as well as being a mom. I wanted to show what’s important to me, and that’s giving back. I decided to let this be an example for other young women and other society people, to give back when we all have been blessed tremendously.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How important is the charity work that you do on behalf of you grandfather’s legacy?
Porsha Stewart: “It’s very important to me, it’s my grandfather's foundation, and how I was raised. I know that I’m blessed just as well as many others, and unfortunately some people don’t get to have what we have and it’s important for all of us to take those holidays and other days to participate in charity events and give back as much as we can.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How was it to watch Kenya disrespect your grandfather’s foundation and charity?
Porsha Stewart: “Watching it I had the same feelings that I had when I experienced her doing it, which was complete disgust. It was disgusting for me to see a woman that I looked up to…when she won; I thought this was a great accomplishment for her and for black women in general. I thought that she would encourage and be supportive of me, because I am coming behind her in terms of trying to make sure other women know what’s important. I was ultimately just disappointed by her behavior to say the least.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): You stated that Kenya is envious of you, why do you feel that way?
Porsha Stewart: “I wish I still didn’t feel that way! Even after taping the show, she continues to talk negatively about me in the media.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What have you learned about yourself from seeing yourself on TV?
Porsha Stewart: “That’s a heavy question! (laughs). I’ve learned that people can throw you off, and I like the way that I maintained my feelings and opinions. I liked the fact that I maintained being a lady even when I had to defend myself.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Why do you think Kenya did no flirt with your husband during the Anguilla trip?
Porsha Stewart: “I felt like Kenya watched the show and watched each character and got an idea how they would react to certain situations, but with me, she didn’t know me at all, and she didn’t know how I would react…she thought she could run over Cynthia and Phaedra. As for me, I stand up for myself and Kenya knew that she wasn’t going to get away with that with me. She did not anticipate me to be such a powerful force to be reckoned with (laughs).”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What are three things you wish you could take back as you saw yourself this season?
Porsha Stewart: “I would have rather just walk away from the Kenya confrontation, because I feel like she brought me down to her level and it was never my intention to upset her or for myself to be taken out of character in any kind of way. I want to address the fact that I love Detroit! Some people didn’t like when I told Kenya to go back to Detroit…whether Kenya came from Decatur, Georgia where I’m from or Denver, Colorado, I was speaking about her behavior, and not where she was from. I’m also not an ageist either, when the age subject was brought up that was only me defending myself about her comments about me being a little girl…I was letting her know that she is a woman of a certain age and I expect you to act a certain way, I never was speaking to older women in entirety, I was speaking to one individual and that was Kenya!”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What can viewers expect as the season continues?
Porsha Stewart: “They can continued to be entertained by me, people tell me that I’m very relatable on the show, and you’ll also see more into my personal life with me and my husband…there’s a situation that we find ourselves in being newlyweds. Unfortunately, viewers will see me in more drama, that I did not foresee. With this group of women they have strong personalities and opinions that they stand by that can cause some tensions to flair, and that’s what ends up happening as the season continues. It’s going to be spicy!”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Lastly, what can your fans expect from you on the show this season as well as 2013?
Porsha Stewart: “I do have a beauty product coming out, and then I’m working on home décor. I want people to live like an Atlanta Housewife in their own home, which will include luxury home bedding and other luxury home products…I’m a real housewife and I take a lot of pride in designing everything in my home.”
Porsha will be taking her family's legacy and enriched heart for giving into her new family with the unveiling of Kordell & Porsha Stewart Foundation for Cancer Research. Be sure to catch Porsha on The Real Housewives of Atlanta brand new time, Sundays 8/7c on Bravo.