Leakes first rose to prominence in 2008, as a cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Leakes was a main attraction on the show from 2008 through 2015, before taking a two-year hiatus from the show. She ultimately returned in 2017 and remained on the hit Bravo series until 2020. For over a decade, Leakes has been a reality television mainstay, appearing as a host and guest on a variety of programs—and even acting in a few projects, such as the comedy-drama series Glee.
In addition to her work as a reality television star, Leakes has built a thriving career as a businesswoman, launching her own line of clothing and opening specialty clothing boutiques around the United States. In 2014, Leakes embarked on a career as a Broadway star, acting onstage in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and the following year, appearing in Chicago.