One of the most common accessories for a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" housewife isn't a Hermes bag or Louboutans: it's a gay hairdresser best friend!
Dwight Eubanks served that purpose the first couple of seasons. But he moved on. So Miss Lawrence and Derek J came along. They mostly pop up for parties in fabulous outfits and seldom have their own storylines. Miss Lawrence was the tag-along for Sheree Whitfield, who never had her own boyfriend. And now he accompanies Kenya Moore.
The good news for both of them: Bravo liked them enough to give them their own show to talk about fashion called "Fashion Queens" with socialite Bevy Smith.
Their first 12-episode test run earlier this year went well. So Bravo gave them 28 more, which debuted last Sunday.
The two Atlanta hairdressers fly up every week to New York to tape the show.
Miss Lawrence, in an interview, said he will appear numerous times this season on "Real Housewives.". He was there during the first episode's blow up this past Sunday between Kenya Moore and NeNe Leakes.
He said he's been friends with Kenya for a dozen years. "I will say Kenya is a lot of fun," he said. "And she doesn't really have anything to hide. You see on TV is real." (Really? Okay.)
She will start a hair product line, so he will be able to help her.
As for "Fashion Queens," (which is similar to Joan Rivers' E! show "Fashion Police") he said he doesn't have to do that much preparation. It's all about his personality and ability to throw off some bon mots. "I see fashion as art," he said. "We all have different views." Indeed, he will clash with the others over fashion taste.
He admits he's no expert and has learned a lot from Smith about fashion lingo and stories about fashion designers.
As for his music career, he said he's put it on hold to focus on TV and his existing business as a hairstylist at Midtown's Le Prive Salon. "I have a dynamic team there," he said. "They help me hold it together."
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ratings last Sunday were solid, opening at 3.1 million viewers, which is what the show averaged last season. It is comparable to seasons 4 and 5 openings as well. How well the show does will depend on whether people find the storylines compelling. Ratings weakened season four when the show flagged. But last year, thanks to Kenya Moore, ratings went up.
"Real Housewives of Atlanta," 8 p.m. Sundays, Bravo
"Fashion Queens," 11:30 p.m. Sundays, Bravo