Drama comes with being a Bravo Housewife, but who knew that honoring someone by dying your hair pink could cause so much criticism? Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds is being criticized for dying her hair pink in memory of her husband Jim Edmonds' late ex-wife, LeAnn. For those who don't know, LeAnn Huntley Edmonds-Horton died of cancer on July 22, and as a way to keep her memory alive, Meghan dyed her pink for her friend, who was so much more than her husband's ex.
Meghan told People about why she chose to change her hair color: "We are embracing the life that we have because life is beautiful and you never know when it's going to end." Then, she also opened up about all the backlash she's receiving. She said about people's reactions: "That I'm an attention seeker or that I look terrible or why didn't I do blue for colon cancer. But if LeAnn was here, her eyes would be as big as saucers. She would be like 'I can't believe you did it,' but she would love it."
Of the reason she chose pink, rather than blue, in the first place, Meghan told HuffPost Live,
I just think that life is short. My stepdaughters just lost their mom a few days ago to cancer and she and I were close friends. My whole attitude was ‘Life is short, and I want to celebrate her life. I’m going to do it because I can! It’s pink because… carpe diem.
The newest O.C. Housewife also talked about all of the different wigs LeAnn wore before she died in her interview with People. "During her chemotherapy she had all these different wigs and she got a red one and a blonde one, different lengths and she would have her hair stylist give them highlights," she said. "She had fun with it and just loved hair and always had her nails perfect so she would have been like, 'You are crazy but I love you and I think it's awesome that you did it.'"
It's pretty ridiculous and unkind for others to judge Meghan for her hair considering it is in memory of someone. She's celebrating LeAnn's life and that's beyond admirable, if I do say so myself. And it doesn't look like she'll stop honoring her late friend anytime soon. As she told People, "I've been in constant communication with LeAnn's mom and she asked me to help plan a memorial party for her, which is really touching for me. We're going to do a Sunday Funday theme because LeAnn loved drinking champagne with mimosas, so we're going to do that at the end of August, and it will be a celebration of her life."
What a great way to keep someone's memory alive.
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