Jenna Lyons is opening up about her health and appearance.
The 55-year-old Real Housewives of New York City star appeared on The View on Wednesday (July 19) where she revealed that her genetic disorder of incontinentia pigmenti led to her getting fake teeth and fake hair.
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“All my teeth are fake. I paid a lot of money for them,” Jenna joked. “My hair is also fake. I can take it off. It’s like a hat. It’s not a wig.”
She added, “My eyelashes are fake. I have no eyebrows, and I also have scars all over my skin.”
Incontinentia pigmenti is a genetic condition that “affects the skin and other systems in the body. Skin symptoms change with time and begin with a blistering rash in infancy, followed by wart-like skin growths. The growths become swirled grey or brown patches in childhood, and then swirled light patches in adulthood,” according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
“I was really conscious. It’s one of the reasons I went into fashion,” Jenna continued. “I wanted to look better. I was constantly trying to find ways to fit in.”
She also shared that the condition inspired her to create her own line of fake eyelashes, Love Seen.
“When I was doing a lot of red carpets, I kept trying to find eyelashes that looked good and they were just huge on me. I couldn’t wear them,” Jenna recalled. “I remember talking to my Makeup artist Troi Ollivierre and I was going on the Oprah show actually and Oprah walked into the green room. He looked at me and he looked at her and he’s like, ‘Get back in that chair. We’re gonna put some lashes on you and get some extensions.’”
“Because she’s got a presence and I look like a wet rat,” Jenna jokingly added. “I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I created a line of lashes that aren’t as over-the-top.”
Jenna recently made her RHONY debut last weekend along with a full new cast of ladies!