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Before They Were 'Real Housewives'

The RHOA history might surprise you!

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    The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" is full of colorful and interesting ladies. But how did they end up where they are today? Find out what the girls were like before their big reality TV break.

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    Kandi Burruss was in the group Xscape.

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    Before Xscape, she made her first major appearance singing En Vogue covers on BET's "Teen Summit." Kandi and rapper T.I.'s wife were in the group Xscape together!

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    After leaving Xscape Kandi went on to write and produce music for T.L.C. ("No Scrubs"), Destiny's Child ("Bug a Boo" and "Bills, Bills, Bills"), Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, along with many others!

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    Kenya was raised in Detroit, Michigan by her grandmother and aunt. She is an actress and model and has appeared in everything from "Living Single", and "The Steve Harvey Show" to Waiting to Exhale.

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    Before joining RHOA, Kenya Moore won the title of Miss Michigan USA in 1993, and won Miss USA that same year, also finishing in the top six of the 1993 Miss Universe pageant...it was NOT the Miss America pageant.

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    In 2007, she published a dating advice book called Game: Get Some!, and she has been "gone with the wind fabulous" ever since...

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    NeNe Leakes is a Georgia girl! Duluth, Georgia, to be exact. NeNe had a stint as a stripper, which is where she met her husband Gregg Leakes in 1996. Her stripper name was "Silk"...

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    NeNe also had a run in with the law after violating her probation in 1992. She set up four different accounts with the phone company under different names and fake social security numbers. She was convicted for "theft of services"....

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    NeNe describes her stripper days as an "addiction," and she used the money she made to pay for her son's tuition. She said, "I just felt very powerful. I made a ton of money and I just couldn't stop. I bought a new car…. I paid my son's tuition."

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    In 2011, Leakes was a contestant on Donald Trump's NBC series "Celebrity Apprentice," which ended after she and Star Jones got in an argument. She also has had a role on "Glee."

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    Porsha Williams is the granddaughter of civil rights leader Hosea Williams. Back in the day she appeared as a dancer in the music video for "Some Cut" in 2004 (on The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present: Trillville & Lil Scrappy).

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    She modeled for the June 2005 Atlanta Dymes calendar and video promo.

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    "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams turned herself into Fulton County police where she was charged with "simple battery" after dragging Kenya Moore to the floor on a RHOA reunion. Williams claims Kenya started it! She grown so much...

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    Kimberleigh Marie "Kim" Zolciak Biermann was born to a military family in Pensacola, Florida.

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    At 17 years old, she had an affair with a 49-year-old Windsor Locks (Connecticut) police sergeant, who interviewed Kim as a material witness in a criminal investigation. She sergeant was suspended for 45 days as a result.

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    Kim studied nursing at the University of Connecticut. According to public records, she was a registered nurse in Connecticut and Georgia from 1999 to 2003. With 6 kids, this background may come in handy!

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    Cynthia Bailey became a model and actress and moved to NYC when she was 18 to pursue her career.

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    Cynthia's first booking was for the cover of Essence magazine which became one of the magazine's highest selling covers.

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    Cynthia Bailey was the first African American homecoming queen of her high school. She now hosts a pageant of her own called the Miss Renaissance Pageant.

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    Phaedra Parks was a cheerleader in high school.

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    Phaedra began her legal career working for GEICO's in-house law firm, Bridges Ormand & Faenza.

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    She was featured in Atlanta magazine as one of Georgia's Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2005.

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