True Vanderpump Rules fans will probably remember Faith Stowers from the early seasons — not because she had such memorable storylines, but rather because she was quite literally the only black person to grace our screens.
Faith was quickly cut from the show, which, according to Faith, was because she wasn’t being the “sassy black girl” they wanted. In an Instagram Live chat with Floribama Shore star Candace Rice, she explained,
“When [Lisa Vanderpump] first approached me, she was very happy about the fact that there was going to be a black person on the show and she was like, ‘I want you to put them in their place,’ kind of give them this NeNe Leakes kind of attitude. And I was very nice coming in. I wasn’t really giving nobody no attitude and giving her that show she needed from me, I felt like.”
Unfortunately, getting cut from the show didn’t stop her co-stars from going after her. When Jax Taylor revealed that he cheated on Brittany Cartwright with Faith, the girls on the show were quick to go after her offscreen. According to Faith,
“They wanted to attack, attack, attack, attack, attack. I was wrong, I was this, I was that, calling me names, saying my hair was nappy, which is weird coming out of their mouths.”
But the most egregious thing they did to her was when Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute called the cops on her. Faith explained,
“There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very, very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people. The woman was at large … And they called the cops and said it was me.”
“So they call the cops on me. The police say, ‘That sounds crazy, we’re not coming. That’s not Faith. We looked it up. That’s not her. It was somebody else.’ But it was just funny because they thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave. So they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me.”
Stassi actually confirmed this story in a 2018 interview on the podcast Bitch Bible.
Of course, since George Floyd’s death, many cast members have posted anti-racism messages on social media, an act that Faith calls phony.
“I’ve been getting a lot messages lately because a lot of them are screaming ‘black lives matter,’ when I know some of them and I know they definitely don’t care about black people like that. There’s a few of them that do, but there’s a lot of them that really don’t give a damn.”
Since leaving Vanderpump Rules, Faith has appeared on MTV’s Ex on the Beach and The Challenge.
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