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Garcelle Beauvais Opens Up About Being An African-American Actress In Hollywood; Says “So Many Times, My White Counterparts Get Paid 1000% More Than I Do”

Garcelle Beauvais opens up about being an African-American working actress in Hollywood. Garcelle, who became the first black cast member on the current season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has said that "so many times my white counterparts get paid 1000% more than I do."

Beauvais said on Variety After-Show that "it's all about being treated equally. I wanna be promoted the same way. I wanna be compensated the same way."

"I feel like, with my resume in Hollywood - I've been in Hollywood over 20-something years, which is a feat in itself to continue working, and I'm so grateful."

"But I do feel that so many times, my white counterparts get paid 1000% more than I do. I know it for sure," Garcelle said, according to The Daily Mail.

She also said that "it really sucks, and it really, we're not valued as we should be. I just feel like it's been happening for a long time and now I'm not putting up with it. You don't see my value, you don't get to have me in a project. Simple as that."

Earlier this year, The former model and actress opened up about being the first black cast member to join RHOBH.

"It's about time," she told E! News about becoming the show's first black cast member. "I mean, we're in every zip code, are we not? So, hello!"

"I've always watched the show, but to be in it and see all the crazy all around me?" she laughs. "So fun. So fun."

In August 2019, Bravo confirmed the news that Garcelle and Sutton Stracke joined RHOBH for the show's upcoming new season after Lisa Vanderpump decided to walk away from the series after nine seasons.

“I am excited and proud to be joining the cast of such a wildly popular and beloved show like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As a working actor who has been in the industry for some time, it’s exhilarating to have the opportunity to delve into a new chapter in the entertainment spectrum. As the first African American Housewife in the Beverly Hills franchise, I am honored and humbled by this awesome opportunity to exemplify the fact that Black Girl Magic lives and thrives in every zip code!” Garcelle said in a statement to Bravo's The Daily Dish. “Already being intimately familiar with the spotlight of Hollywood, my journey of successes and trials has already been chronicled and shared with my many loyal supporters around the world. The continual encouragement, support and yes, even at times, criticism, have helped make me the dynamic woman I am today. I’m excited to share the many ongoing daily surprises, laughs and joys of being a working mother in today’s crazy world. The hustle is R-E-A-L! No games, all heart and a little dash of fashion-filled sass is what you’ll get when you step into my sphere…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”''

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