New 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Margaret Josephs reveals why it was 'perfect timing' for her to join the show

The newest star of Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" is ready for everything the experience of being a Real Housewife has to offer -- the good, the bad and the ugly!

Margaret Josephs, who is also affectionately known as the "Powerhouse in Pigtails," told AOL Entertainment during a recent phone call that her decision to join the show came at the "perfect" time in her life.

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"I’m turning 50 this year, I’ve had my own business for a very long time and I thought it was just perfect timing," Josephs told us about why she decided to sign on. "I come from a single mom, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, I’m completely self-made, I’m on my second marriage and I thought it would be great to show women that you can make it on your own and pull yourself up by the bootstraps and do it all while having a lot of fun."

"My life has really been a reality series since the day I was born," she added with a laugh.

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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Season:8 -- Pictured: Margaret Josephs -- (Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Season:8 -- Pictured: (l-r) Margaret Josephs, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker -- (Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Fashion designer and TV personality Margaret Josephs visits SiriusXM Studios on October 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) TV personalities Margaret Josephs, Danielle Staub and Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey visit SiriusXM Studios on October 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Margaret Josephs attends OK! Magazine's Fall Fashion Week 2017 Event at Hudson Hotel on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Margaret Josephs and Danielle Staub attend OK! Magazine's Fall Fashion Week 2017 Event at Hudson Hotel on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images,)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Pictured: (l-r) Margaret Josephs, Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker, Danielle Staub, Dolores Catania, Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: John Parra/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Pictured: (l-r) Danielle Staub, Margaret Josephs, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker, Dolores Catania -- (Photo by: John Parra/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Jane Hanson, Margaret Josephs and Amy Rosenblum attends the Media Masters One Year Anniversary at Private Residence on September 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Rob Schuyler Amy Rosenblum, Rosanna Scotto and Margaret Josephs attends the Media Masters One Year Anniversary at Private Residence on September 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Margaret Josephs and Debra Michiels attend THE SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION Benefit: Collaborating For A Cure at 69th Regiment Armory on November 20, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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The fashion designer, who launched her lifestyle brand Macbeth Collection by Margaret Josephs in 1999, doesn't plan on holding anything back on the upcoming eighth season of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," which premieres on Bravo on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. EST.

"Everything is really real and you’re going to see the good and the bad and the ugly with me," she told us frankly. "I mean, I’m in my rollers, I have no makeup on, you know, I’m braless and my boobs happen to be real. It’s all very natural."

The only thing we won't see? Her children, who she calls "very private people." Otherwise, she's a completely open book who can handle anything that comes her way.

"The redeeming thing is that I have a very thick skin, because I’ve worked with tons of men who don’t have a lot of filter," Josephs said of the anticipated blowback that all "Real Housewives" stars receive online. "I understand that everybody has the right to their own opinion, and I’m extremely secure. I’ve already been told that grown women shouldn’t wear pigtails, and I actually find it extremely entertaining. People can be hurtful, but I’m ready for it. I’ve heard it all."

There is one thing that Josephs admitted she was "nervous" about going into the season, however: Fellow cast mate Danielle Staub, who is returning to the series after five seasons away. Staub's two-season arc on the first two seasons of "RHONJ" are practically "Real Housewives" legend at this point, and Josephs was more than familiar with her on-camera antics.

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Danielle Staub -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: TV personality Danielle Staub visits SiriusXM Studios on October 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Danielle Staub attends OK! Magazine's Fall Fashion Week 2017 Event at Hudson Hotel on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images,)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Danielle Staub -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Season:8 -- Pictured: Danielle Staub -- (Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Danielle Staub and Marty Caffrey attend Illumination PR x NYFW Celebrity Beauty Bar at The Time New York on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
EDGEWATER, NJ - JANUARY 14: President/founder of Devotion Vodka Drew Adelman and TV personality Danielle Staub attends Staub's housewarming party on January 14, 2017 in Edgewater, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ - OCTOBER 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast member Danielle Staub and boyfriend Marty Caffrey attend wine tasting at Tomasello Winery at Wemrock Orchards in New Jersey on October 4, 2016 in Englishtown, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: TV personality Danielle Staub (R) and her daughter Jillian attend AT&T Live Proud at Highline Ballroom on October 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AT&T Live Proud)
WEST ORANGE, NJ - MAY 10: Danielle Staub and Jillian Staub attend Jillian Staub's 'Diamonds In The Dark' Sweet 16 Party at The Wilshire Grand Hotel on May 10, 2014 in West Orange, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, Danielle Staub, Teresa Giudice, Siggy Flicker -- (Photo by: Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Danielle Staub attends the 5th Annual Cristian Rivera Celebrity Gala at The Copa on September 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen and Danielle Staub -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: La Toya Jackson and Danielle Staub attend Henri Bendel holiday window unveiling 2012 at Henri Bendel on November 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Henri Bendel)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Danielle Staub and her daughters,Jillian Staub and Christine Staub filming on location for 'Celebrity Apprentice All Stars' on November 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Danielle Staub filming on location for 'Celebrity Apprentice All Stars' on October 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
HOBOKEN, NJ - JUNE 13: Danielle Staub attends the Cristian Rivera Foundation Fundraising Event at Zylo Restaurant on June 13, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
EDGEWATER, NJ - MARCH 30: Danielle Staub visits Hollywood Tans at Edgewater Commons on March 30, 2012 in Edgewater, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Jessica Caban and Danielle Staub attends EQ Enterprises And Manhattan Motorcars Present: NY Fashion Week Kickoff Event at Bryant Park Hotel on February 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Eq Enterprises)
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From the sound of it, though, the two ladies got along swimmingly during filming.

"I’m excited to be coming back with Danielle," she explained. "Of course I was nervous, too, but she was nothing like I expected her to be. She is the most therapeutic, authentic, touchy-feely, lovey-dovey, sweetest woman. She is a doll. I was sick the other day and she brought my chicken soup and got into bed with me."

As for her signature blonde pigtails, Josephs explains that a lot of thought went into her decision to turn them into her trademark look.

"As a little girl, I wore pigtails, then I gave them up for a while. But, then, I went back to the pigtails. I realized that it was very disarming to people," she said knowingly. "People were very nice to me when I wore pigtails, and they also underestimated me. It’s very disarming when people underestimate you, and then they realize how smart you are. It’s also charming! People can’t be too mean to the girl in pigtails."

We'll have to wait for season 8 of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" to see if that holds true. Tune in Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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Phaedra Parks, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 3-9)

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Michaele Salahi, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Getty Images for Bud Light)

Jeana Keough, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 1-5)

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Lauri Waring Peterson, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 1-4)

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Jo De La Rosa, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 1-2)

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Kimberly Bryant, "Real Housewives Orange County" (Season 1)

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Tammy Knickerbocker, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 2-3)

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Quinn Fry, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 3)

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Gretchen Rossi, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 4-8)

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Lynne Curtin, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 4-5)

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Alexis Bellino, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 5-8)

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Peggy Tanous, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 6)

(Credit Image: é TLeopold/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Lydia McLaughlin, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 8)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)

Lizzie Rovsek, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 9)

(Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Heather Dubrow, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 7-11)

(Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

Alec McCord, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 1-4)

(Credit Image: é Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

Jill Zarin, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 1-4)

(Credit Image: é Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

Kelly Bensimon, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 2-4)

(Credit Image: é Scott Kirkland/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Cindy Barshop, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Season 4)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Aviva Drescher, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 5-6)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Kristen Taekman, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 6-7)

(Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Big City Moms, Inc.)

Heather Thompson, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 5-7)

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Jules Wainstein, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Season 8)

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DeShawn Snow, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Season 1)

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Kim Zolciak-Biermann, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 1-5)

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Lisa Wu-Hartwell, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 1-2)

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NeNe Leakes, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 1-7)

(Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Claudia Jordon, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Season 7)

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Jacqueline Laurita, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-5, 7)

(Credit Image: é Rick Mackler/Globe Photos/ZUMApress.com)

Caroline Manzo, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-5)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMApress.com)

Danielle Staub, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-2)

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Teresa Aprea, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Season 6)

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Amber Marchese, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Season 6)

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Dina Manzo, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-2, 6)

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Nicole Napolitano, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Season 6)

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Kathy Wakile, "Real Housewives of New Jersey"(Seasons 3-5)

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Taylor Armstrong, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-3)

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Adrienne Maloof, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-3)

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Camille Grammer, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-2)

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Carlton Gebbia, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 4)

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Joyce Giraud, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 4)

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Kim Richards, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-5)

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Kathryn Edwards, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 6)

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Yolanda Hadid, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 3-6)

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Brandi Glanville, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 3-5)

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Larsa Pippen, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 1)

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Cristy Rice, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 1)

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Lea Black, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 1-3)

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Adriana de Moura, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 1-3)

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Alexia Echevarria, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 1 & 3)

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Marysol Patton, "Real Housewives of Miami (Seasons 1-2)

(Photo by John Parra/WireImage)

Lisa Hochstein, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 2-3)

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

Joanna Krupa, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 2-3)

(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Ana Quincoces, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 2)

(Photo by John Parra/WireImage)

Karent Sierra, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 2)

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Cat Ommanney, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

Stacie Scott Turner, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Katie Rost, "Real Housewives of Potomac" (Season 1)

(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Mary Amons, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by James Lemke Jr/WireImage)

Lynda Erkiletian, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

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