NeNe Leakes

NeNe Leakes

Reality Star

Linnethia Monique "NeNe" Leakes is an American television personality, actress, presenter, businesswoman, author, and fashion designer. She first rose to prominence after becoming the breakout star on Bravo's reality television series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Full Name
Linnethia Monique Johnson
Dec 13, 1967
5′ 10″
Net Worth


NeNe Leakes was born Linnethia Monique Johnson on December 13, 1967, in Queens, New York. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and her ethnicity is African-American. She was the oldest of four children in her family and had a difficult upbringing. She moved to Athens, Georgia with her mother when she was eight years old and finished high school there.

    After graduating high school, she worked as a bank teller and later opened a clothing store called ‘Swagg’ in Atlanta. In 2008, she landed an audition for the reality television series ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ which would become her big break. The show premiered in October 2008 and focused on the lives of six female cast members living in Atlanta, including NeNe Leakes. On the show, Leakes gained much popularity due to her witty one-liners and humorous arguments with the other housewives. She became one of the highest paid cast members on the show and appeared as a main character until 2015 when she departed from the series to focus on other projects such as her own spin-off shows. 

    Leakes made several appearances in movies including Glee, Think Like A Man Too, The Single Moms Club and What to Expect When You're Expecting. She also released two books; Never Make The Same Mistake Twice: Lessons On Love And Life Learned The Hard Way (2011) and I'm Very Good At What I Do: How Nene Leakes Became One Of America's Most Beloved TV Stars (2015). In 2019, she returned to The Real Housewives Of Atlanta for its eleventh season.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1967</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">NeNe Leakes is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On December 13, 1967, NeNe Leakes was born in Queens, New York.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2008</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Appears on The Real Housewives of Atlanta</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leakes is cast as one of the main characters on the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starts Clothing Line and Reality Show</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leakes starts her own clothing line called Nene Leakes Collection and also stars in her own spinoff show, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Broadway Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leakes makes her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” </p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins Dancing with the Stars</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leakes joins season 20 of Dancing with the Stars and finishes in 3rd place.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Returns to The Real Housewives of Atlanta</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leakes returns to the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta for its tenth season.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins People's Choice Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">NeNe wins the People's Choice Award for Reality TV Star of 2019.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's a Great Role Model</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">NeNe Leakes is a great role model for young women. She is an example of how to stay true to yourself and follow your dreams, no matter what obstacles you face. She has also been a vocal advocate for female empowerment and encouraging people to be confident in their own skin.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's Hilarious </h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">NeNe Leakes is one of the funniest people on television. Whether she’s on the Real Housewives franchise or her own stand up comedy show, NeNe always has us in stitches with her quick wit and sharp tongue.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's a Fashion Icon</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">NeNe Leakes always looks fabulous! From red carpet events to everyday errands, NeNe always looks polished and put together. Her signature style of bold colors, statement jewelry and fierce attitude are definitely something to be admired!</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started Off as a Stripper</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">NeNe Leakes started her career as an exotic dancer in Atlanta, Georgia before finding fame on the hit reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Broadway Debut</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">NeNe Leakes made her Broadway debut in 2014 in the musical adaptation of Cinderella.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First African American Woman to Appear on 'Celebrity Apprentice' </h3><p id="" class="facts-text">NeNe Leakes was the first African American woman to appear on the popular TV show Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Author</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">NeNe Leakes is an accomplished author having released two New York Times bestsellers titled Never Make the Same Mistake Twice and The New Normal: Adventures in Peachland.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Reality TV Star</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">NeNe Leakes has had success as a reality television star, appearing in numerous shows including The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Glee, and I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.</p></div>


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