(VIDEO) Authenticity, Beauty, and Brains Dr. Wendy Osefo Expresses and Exudes It All
Dr. Wendy Osefo from The Real Housewives of Potomac reflects on Black female strength, cultural roots, and the show. When asked about her childhood, Dr. Wendy describes her home life as a "household of love." Being raised in a Nigerian household by her single mother and living alongside her sister, she knew what a great accomplishment it was for a Black woman of such a background to go through college and attain four degrees. This is why in season five of The Real Housewives of Potomac, she was regarded as "Miss Four Degrees" because of the pride she had from her childhood. Although she is known as a professor, this was not the path she had first sought. Dr. Wendy primarily wanted to become a lawyer; however, when things didn't work out, she didn't stop her education and pursued her doctorate. Her perseverance is continuously attributed to her upbringing and her mother. When asked if she feels like her fellow housewives misunderstand her due to her Nigerian roots, she believes "they are learned women, and they don't lack awareness of other cultures"; however, she also thinks "the misunderstanding is willful" to have evidence to mistreat her. Acknowledging her Nigerian background, Dr. Wendy. is proud to be the first Nigerian housewife in the entire Bravo franchise. This molded her role in the show to always be her authentic self. She says her goal is to always "show little black girls who look like [her] that you are enough no matter what society tells you. Anything that you decide you want to achieve, you can do it."
Regarding uplifting the Black community Dr. Wendy and The Real Housewives of Potomac share similarities as she characterizes the show as having a "Jack and Jill nature of our Black society." Upon reflection, she sees having her life on television as a blessing as she says you can "see yourself in a way that you wouldn't at the moment." She realizes that "you can have 20 people watch the same thing, and they will have 20 different perceptions of the same thing." She further emphasizes that what viewers see on the show is her social life, not her professional life. Dr. Wendy finds "beauty" in this and "humanization in knowing that you can be a professional with real-life issues like motherhood and friends." She also personally upholds humanizing people on television and all professions by expressing herself through what she wears on the show. She states that the question of what should be worn only applies to women because of "how our society is deeply rooted in masculinity."
Furthermore, she continues to think about her daughter, expressing her want for "her to feel comfortable to express herself in the way she wants to and not be judged by her attire." Dr. Wendy wants to express to society that "aesthetics doesn't define brains." Although her students are aware of her being on television, they do not bring it up, which allows her to focus on her job. As Dr. Wendy is a very versatile woman, she not only teaches and appears on television but also has written a book "Tears of My Mother: The Legacy of My Nigerian Upbringing." In her book, she further talks about her Nigerian childhood from a birdseye view and includes some things about The Real Housewives of Potomac. When asked about her relationship with Giselle, Dr. Wendy says it is "nonexistent." Following up, she comments on Robyn and Giselle's podcast, where they share information they withheld during the season.
Regarding Robyn, she states, "withholding information is a slap in the face to all of us who share our lives no matter how bad it is, and that's not what this show is about." Dr. Wendy Osefo is all about authenticity. As stated before, that is also what the show is about, so this act essentially disregards those moral standards they've tried to uphold. This and much more is to be brought up in The Real Housewives of Potomac's season seven reunion, where Dr. Wendy states they will "answer every burning question [the viewers] have had this season."
As Dr. Wendy is a strong advocate for education, she has a message for those still in college or ready to take on that journey. "College may seem very hard, but when you look back, you'll be so happy that you did it. I learned so much and became an independent woman because of my four years in college." Dr. Wendy Osefo is an educated, strong, open-minded, authentic, beautiful, and motherly role model for all young Black women.
Part one of The Real Housewives of Potomac Season 7 reunion will air on Sunday, February 19, at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. Part two of the RHOP reunion will follow on Sunday, February 26, with the third and final part scheduled to air on Sunday, March 5.