LeeAnne Locken and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are two of the most authentic Real Housewives to grace the franchise. In the years that The Real Housewives of Dallas alum and The Real Housewives of Orange County star's lives were followed by the reality series, both never shied away from showing the beautiful and messy parts of who they truly are.
Locken and Windham-Burke exclusively sat down with OK! to dish on showing the world the messy parts of being human, teaming up for a cause that is near and dear to both of their hearts and if they would ever return for a Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip season.
"I went on television broken, I am a broken human. I was broken as a child," Locken said of her time on the Bravo series. "I will continue to fall and break myself further. But what I can tell you about being a broken human is it just adds to the facets of who you are like a diamond, the more facets you have, the brighter you shine."
Windham-Burke echoes her pal's statements about her time on the West Coast series. "I went on and I had a great first year. Then for me, obviously getting sober on national television, wasn't easy. I look back, I have a hard time watching it because I was 12 days sober when we started filming," she says.
"Obviously going through detox is not easy but the connections I've made [in the] sober community, that makes a difference," the blonde beauty notes. "You can go on a reality show for 15 minutes of fame and to sell t-shirts or whatever or you can make a genuine impact in people's lives. At the end of the day, that's more important."
What is extremely important to both of them is the Positivitea Legacy Brunch, set to be held in Dallas on September 18th, benefitting the Legacy Grace Project which empowers women living with HIV through support and education. The former Beauty Queen is chairing the event while the mother-of-seven will be co-chairing. "The grace project is the only conference in the world that is for women, only women and girls that are HIV positive," Locken explains.
"It's a chance for them to get together in a room with other women where there's no shame," she continues. "It's all about giving a woman a chance to have dignity."
"I do a lot of work in the community," Windham-Burke, who herself is apart of the LGBTQIA+ community. "When she [Locken] started talking about it, I'm like, 'this is beautiful. This is something that I could still get behind. I would love to be included in any way I could.'"
Although both women are currently taking a pause from the world of reality television, they note they would be open to doing a season of RHUGT. "I would do a girl's trip at a heartbeat," Windham-Burke dishes. "Tamara [Judge] did it. I talked to Tamara a lot. That was perfect. It was only two weeks It's not the kind of like, I want to ruin your lives and go through all your history before."
"I'm very sad that Dallas was canceled. It's a heartbreak," Locken says. "Especially because I'll never get that opportunity to go back and correct things about who I was and what I'd done."
"As far as going on an Ultimate Girls Trip, I think that would be more fun to me because I would get to play with new characters," she laughs. "I miss those over the top crazy parties!"