On last night's season premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City, the ladies attend a Halloween party with Luann de Lesseps dressing up as Diana Ross. The only problem: Luann was seemingly in blackface for the costume— a claim she is denying, sort of.
"I had makeup on, but not anything that would make me look — I had like, tanning cream on," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I think that the tanning cream, and the big hair piece I have, which was amazing… No, I was doing my version of Diana Ross." Right…
Viewers were quick to educate the 52-year-old reality star, who completed her diva look with a huge afro wig and low-cut white jumpsuit. "Luann isn't in blackface, it's just a lot of bronzer" Ummmm yeah, the bronzer she used to paint herself to look like a black woman. It's blackface y'all," one fan tweeted. Another added, "Bronzer blackface is still blackface, Luann. Not a good look."
— Erin Medley (@E_Meds) April 5, 2018
Luann’s costume is making me anxious, angry and sad.
Blackface? Please say it’s not Blackface. pic.twitter.com/z5zvj22CiO
— Jillian Hurley 📢 (@BeautyBind) April 5, 2018
— gracie (@scaredofmymom) April 5, 2018
Luann did apologize for the offensive look, which co-star Carole Radziwill rightfully refered to as "tone-deaf" adding, "I wasn't at all worried about that, and all of a sudden it became a thing. I’m so sorry. I don't want it to be a thing, so I apologize if I have offended." This controversy is just the beginning for Luann, in what is sure to be one long and hard season for the "Chic C'est La Vie" singer. Along with her divorce from husband Tom D’Agostino, the Bravo series will also feature Luann's arrest for disorderly intoxication and battery of a police officer last December.
She checked into rehab shortly after and reveals she is in a much better place today. "I decided to go to rehab and address the issues I was having in my life, because I just felt like it was an out-of-control moment for me, and I don't like to be out of control," she explained. "It was very embarrassing and all I can say is that it changed my life in such a way now. I just feel like so much more control and happier."
In the words of Luann, money can't buy you class. Elegance is learned.