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Real Housewives who were born poor – Nicki Swift

Though many of her fellow real housewives have had strange and difficult childhoods, LeeAnne Locken’s takes the cake. Locken was left with her grandparents when her mother joined a traveling carnival. In an interview with Broadly, the star, who spent summers with her mother, admitted she started working at one of the carnival games when she was just 3 years old. She later bought her own game at age 11 and became a young entrepreneur, but her carnival upbringing was rough. According to Slice, Locken was “mugged, beat up, and stalked during her years with the carnival.”

Carnies are also notoriously underpaid. TDN.com, who spoke to numerous traveling carnival workers, claimed salaries range between $375 and $600 weekly, so it’s not surprising Locken talked about being totally broke in a Bravo blog post.

“Why is it humiliating to only have $200 in a bank account?” she wrote. “I have had much less than that in my lifetime.”

Today, The Real Housewives of Dallas star is estimated to be worth around $1.5 million.

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