Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise has brought about a long list of reality TV stars that have been able to reach fame by having their daily lives played out in front of cameras. It’s not surprising that some of the women do not have clean pasts as they may try to portray on the show. A lot of the women who have appeared on The Real Housewives have a past that includes posing for Playboy magazine and even starring in adult films. Some of the housewives have tried to stash away their nude pictorials while others are loud and proud of them. Then there are the housewives that decided to pose nude after they became famous from their Bravo television show. There is a lot of speculation that those who recently posed nude did so in order to earn more money and star power. Whatever the reason may be, here are 10 “Real Housewives” who have posed nude.
10. Jeana Keough- Orange County
Original member of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Jeana Keough was Playboy magazine’s playmate of the month in November 1980. Back then she went as Jeana Tomasino and to this day she still credits Playboy for turning her into a California girl. Keough has written about her experiences on her Bravo blog, explaining how when she first arrived in California from Wisconsin, she was always around anything that had to do with Playboy. At the time she only lived three blocks away from the Playboy mansion and hung out there every Friday night with celebrities and Hefner‘s best friends. Keough recounts those times as being loads of fun and an unforgettable experience.
9. Camille Grammer- Beverly Hills
Real housewife of Beverly Hills, Camille Grammer admitted on the show that she posed for one of Playboy’s lingerie issues. However, there have been conflicting reports stating that the former model actually posed for Playboy over 10 times. Not to mention her roles in two adult films. Grammer also bared it all in the films The Naked Detective and Marilyn Chambers’ Bedtime Stories. The housewife didn’t stop there either. When it came to getting naked in front of the camera as she also took off her clothes in the film Private Parts and Deconstructing Harry.
8. Kelly Bensimon- New York City
The March 2010 Playboy issue had real housewife of New York City, Kelly Bensimon gracing the cover. The housewife said her main reason for posing nude was to be able to show the world that at 41-years old and a mother of two can still be sexy. Bensimon kept the shoot exciting by having her ex-husband (famous fashion photographer) Gilles Bensimon, take the photos as she believed he was the best person to do the job. When asked why Bensimon didn’t bare everything, she explained that certain regions are more provocative than others which is why she decided to bare what she deemed was sexy on her body.
7. Michaele Salahi- Washington D.C.
Real housewife of D.C., Michaele Salahi moved on to pose for Playboy in 2011, which was two years after she and her then husband gained widespread attention for crashing a White House state dinner honoring India’s Prime Minister. It was reported by TMZ that Salahi was asked to pose for the magazine and was even paid. However, after the photos were taken, people at Playboy had to tell Salahi that there was no opportunity within the calendar year for her photos to be featured in the magazine. Thus, Playboy told Salahi that they would post her pictures online for her fans to get ahold of immediately.
6. Joanna Krupa- Miami
Real housewife of Miami, Joanna Krupa is no stranger when it comes to posing nude. Krupa appeared on the cover of Playboy’s December 2009 issue. The model said she posed for the magazine in order to help make women feel empowered. She took on feminists who critiqued her posing for the magazine, stating that “When women pose nude for Playboy they are entirely in control and calling the shots.” Krupa also explained how Playboy has supported strong women as most of their executive positions are held by women. In 2012, Krupa bared it all again, but this time for PETA’s anti-fur campaign.
5. Adriana De Moura- Miami
Real housewife of Miami, Adriana De Moura joined her fellow castmate, Joanna Krupa in posing nude for one of PETA’s campaigns. De Moura bared it all while posing in a bathtub in order to raise awareness of the cruelty and controversial practices of keeping marine animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. De Moura’s photographs specifically raised awareness for Lolita, the orca who has been in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970. Brazil, which is De Moura’s home country, has banned this practice and she hopes to see the U.S. follow suit.
4. Bethenny Frankel- New York City
Real housewife of New York City, Bethenny Frankel bared it all for PETA in one of their campaigns used for raising awareness for the cruelty of wearing fur. Frankel was actually in the very early stages of her first pregnancy and stated that she wanted to pose for the campaign since she is a reformed fur wearer herself. Frankel explained that she changed her fur wearing ways after she saw a PETA protester holding up a skinned animal. Since that day she cleaned out her closet, removing anything with an ounce of fur on it and has vowed to never wear it again.
3. Kim Zolciak- Atlanta
In 2009, Real housewife of Atlanta, Kim Zolciak, went topless for the NOH8 campaign to show her support for gay marriage. The photograph features Zolciak with duct tape over her mouth and female areas with NOH8 written on her cheek. Zolciak stated that she wanted to show her support for gay rights due to having two gay family members. She said it was her goal to pose topless for the campaign in order to make a loud statement about equal rights.
2. Alex McCord- New York City
Real housewife of New York City, Alex McCord posed nude just 10 weeks after giving birth to her second son. McCord’s nude photos were the talk of the season three “Real Housewives Reunion” and McCord stated that she had the photos taken in order to celebrate how a new mom can be in such great shape. However, there have been reports from Gawker stating that the photographer that took the photos actually took them for McCord to submit to Playboy. McCord also had other nude photos surfacing and many were claiming that she wanted them leaked online in order to boost her celebrity status.
1. Tamra Judge- Orange County
Real housewife of Orange County,Tamra Judge is another housewife that posed topless for the NOH8 campaign. Judge posed with lesbian friend, Frenanda, who appeared on the Real Housewives for a few episodes. Judge wrote on her Bravo blog about how fun the shoot was and how important it was for her to pose for the campaign stating she will continue to fight for same sex rights.