7 Things You Didn’t Know About RHOA Star Phaedra Parks
Phaedra Parks rose to fame as part of the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The self-proclaimed Southern Belle has been on the show since season three and over the years we’ve seen her go through a series of highs and lows. If there’s one thing that we learned from watching RHOA it’s that Parks is a survivor – no matter what happens to her, she always comes out on top. Since she’s one of the most accomplished of all of the Housewives, here are 7 fun facts fans don’t know about the attorney/reality star:
7. Mortuary Science
The reality TV star earned a mortuary science degree in 2014 and since then she’s been working a mortuary gig alongside her full-time job as an attorney. “I practice law five days a week, and if I’m embalming a body it’s usually overnight,” she told Page Six. “It’s the quietest time of the night that you’re doing the embalming work. The funeral business is really an overnight and weekend business. Saturday is the funeral day for people of color, usually. And of course, the court houses and law firms are closed on Saturdays. Parks decided to get into the funeral business back in 2012 after her law partner died and two of her friends committed suicide. She became depressed and wanted to know how the funeral process worked.
6. Super Educated
Parks has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Wesleyan College. She graduated in 1993 and then attended University of Georgia’s School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree. Since then, she’s been a lawyer and a pretty darn good one! In 2006, Outstanding Atlanta nominated her for Attorney of the Year, and the feminist entertainment site Jezebel named her Attorney of Distinction.