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Garcelle Beauvais says she felt the "pressure" as the first Black star of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

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Garcelle Beauvais is opening up about being the first Black cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  The actress, who joined the show in its 10th season, says she “definitely felt [the] pressure” taking on this role.  

“Did I feel the pressure of being the first black woman on [RHoBH]? Yes, I definitely felt [the] pressure that people wanted me to come in and do a certain thing or have a chip on my shoulder,” Beauvais said on Wednesday’s episode of the Reality Life with Kate Casey podcast

“I really didn’t want to be labeled an angry Black woman, because that’s not who I am,” Garcelle continued. “I just wanted to stay true to who I am, and I think that’s what people have been able to see so far.”

Beauvais made history when she joined the show in April, as the first Black cast member of the Beverly Hills edition of the Bravo series.  As the show readies its return on July 8th, Beauvais said she’s still learning to embrace her budding new fan base.

“I was not prepared for how social media takes over,” she said. “Lisa Rinna told me that it is one thing to shoot the show. It’s another to see it and what the others have said about you. Then the whole world weighs in. There are many layers to be on the show.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

By Rachel George
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