‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ Recap: Cynthia Bailey’s Pageant Has A Rough Start

'RHOA' Kenya's Fake-Dra
She ups the ante with her feud against Phaedra.
Cynthia Bailey can never be called a quitter. Last season on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the former model hosted a fashion show that had more misfires than a 1978 Ford Pinto. You would think her emceeing days would be a thing of the past after the disastrous time she had, but the model isn’t about to take her mic and go home.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t viewed Sunday’s episode, “Praise the Pageant.”

After giving Porsha Stewart the boot from her Miss Renaissance pageant faster than you can say sip and see (hey Phaedra Parks!), for her lax attitude, Cynthia stunned all (including me) when she asked frenemy Kenya Moore to serve as a judge! Say what?! Didn’t Cynthia learn the last time what it was like mixing business with Kenya, or did she forget all the “crack” jokes the former Miss USA made towards prospective models at her agency? We get Kenya’s beauty queen status and pedigree can bring a little buzz to the event, but really Cynthia, do you want to hop on the crazy train with her again?

Later, Cynthia clued her BFF NeNe Leakes in on her plans to have Kenya involved with her pageant and NeNe was not amused to say the least. As Cynthia tried to convince NeNe how much Kenya has changed, NeNe had to remind her girl, Kenya is a “fool” considering this is the same Kenya who wore a thong one-piece swimsuit with faux butt pads to an event to embarrass Phaedra. Nonetheless, Cynthia still has faith Kenya will be on her best behavior, or she will answer to her.. M’kay Cynthia…

The day of the pageant finally arrives and Cynthia pulls out all the stops by having sexy actor Boris Kodjoe co-host the event, but missed the memo about it being a suit and tie affair. Things took a nose dive when both Cynthia and Boris’ scripts were out of order and announced the wrong names of the contestants, with Porsha, Kenya, Phaedra and Kandi Burruss looking on in horror.

After the last time Cynthia crashed and burned at public speaking, why in the world didn’t she practice before her big day? We know models always brush up on their catwalk skills before they hit the runway, what makes this different? This is Cynthia’s first time doing a beauty contest, wouldn’t she want it to be remembered for the right reasons? Once the event got underway, things turned around for Cynthia and the pageant became “legit” as Ms. Bailey proclaimed. A legit mess is more like it.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Porsha letting her dog watch her niece while she changed clothes. Babysitters of America must be clutching their pearls over that mess.

Thank you, TV gods.: No drama ensued at the pageant!

Awk-ward: Kandi revealing once her beau Todd drinks Hennessey, he stays aroused all night. THAT is not dinner table talk!

Hotness: Boris. Even though he wasn’t in a black tie, he is still BORIS KODJOE! The man is gorgeous.

Fab-u-lous: Cythia’s gown. She really does know how to own a room.

Can. Not. Wait.: I’m excited to see the ladies visit NeNe in L.A. We know a trip means drama, and there will be some.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8

Would you consider Cynthia’s event a success? Sound off below!

– Jillian Bowe

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