Kandi Burruss, one of the more grounded members of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” has taken full advantage of the fame the show has given her. She’s gone beyond merely producing records and has become successful with a line of adult toys (which now includes lingerie). She has found a boyfriend and even nabbed a “Kandi Factory” reality spinoff show off the ground for Bravo after the test run earlier this year went well.
And now her retail business has expanded. She’s operated a successful boutique in Smyrna called TAGS for three years, where I interviewed her in 2009. She gives full credit to Peaches Chin for successfully running the day-to-day operations while Kandi has provided her name and credence to the operation.
Now she’s been able to find a place in the much pricier neighborhood of Buckhead in prime real estate next to Frank Ski’s restaurant in Brookwood Square. She will up the ante in terms of fashion since it’s Buckhead but otherwise will remain very price conscious. (Most dresses are $100 or less.) And since there’s more space, she’ll be able to sell shoes.
Among the attendees included two other “Housewives” that meant the “Real Housewives” cameras were there: model Cynthia Bailey and new cast member and fellow model Kenya Moore. I couldn’t hear what they were saying in the din of the party, but there appeared to be no gratuitous cat fighting. Others who were there included Toya Wright (of “Tiny & Toya” fame), hairstylist Derek J (”Hair Battle Spectacular” on Oxygen) and producer Jazzy Pha (who has never met a party he didn’t like).
Kandi is building out a new studio, too. And she has moved to a new home. Plus, she is not sick of “Real Housewives,” saying it’s been a good thing for her. No launch date yet for the fifth season of “Real Housewives.”
Here’s my interview with her on the red carpet:
And here are some photos I took from the event:
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk