Kenya Moore, current “cast” member of Real Housewives of Atlanta, is embroiled in some serious legal disputes with her landlord over a recent eviction from her six-bedroom, six-bathroom Georgia mansion.
I was so mad when I heard this! Being evicted is pretty bad, but I was HORRIFIED when I heard that Kenya Moore—former Miss USA, producer, actress, author, and model— was still renting, not owning her home. She currently pays $3,999 in rent and to date has paid her landlord nearly $52,000 and $6,000 for a security deposit.
The landlord claims that Kenya was short over $800 in her most recent payment.
I think one of the big lessons here is that we, as women, need to get smart about our financial decisions and priorities. Fifty-eight thousand dollars has gone through Kenya’s hands and at the end of the day, she has nothing to show for it. She does not own her home, has no equity in the mansion, and has to essentially rely on someone else to put a roof over her head. (Wendy Williams, in her frenemy style, even offered to write Kenya a check for the outstanding balance.)
Maybe it’s the frugalista and Antiguan in me, but all I was thinking was that this woman could have used that money toward home ownership; instead she has spent a sizable amount of her resources enriching (literally) someone else’s life.
Even if renting is not her thing, does coming up short on her $3,999 rent reveal that Kenya is living beyond her means?
With all of the success and money that this business woman has amassed, I wonder how Kenya financially views herself from the inside out. Does her money mindset, despite the concrete success, tell her that all she can be is a renter, not an owner? a short-term player not a long-term thinker? Who has been her financial role model prior to garnering wealth, fame, and success?
I am hoping that Kenya begins to claim her right to abundance and her right to create a reality that places her financial and emotional well being at the core of all decisions that she makes.
Frugalistas: Are you living a Kenya Moore Rent-A-Center model? What are your thoughts on the cost of the rent and her alleged inability to pay it?
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