Given all the drama she’s encountered on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills so far, it wouldn’t be surprising if new cast member Joyce Giraud was having second thoughts about the gig. We’re only halfway into Joyce’s first season, after all, and already her marriage, her name, her hair and her swimming abilities (yes, her swimming abilities!) have been the subject of ridicule. Who knows what else is to come?

Surprisingly however, Joyce remains happy with her decision to join the show. Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, she explains why.

Wetpaint Entertainment: First things first, how did you become part of RHOBH?

Joyce Giraud: It’s not something I ever thought of doing or would have pursued. The opportunity just came to me. After many hours of discussing it with my husband and my mother, I decided to take the leap and do it. I think the show is such a great platform. If you see the opportunities these ladies have had because of the show, you realize how great the platform is.

What would you like to use your platform to do?

I want to use it to promote my pageant, Queen of the Universe, which is a charity-based pageant that benefits UNESCO. I know a lot of people think of beauty queens as dumb or women who have no substance, but when you become a beauty queen you have two choices. Number one, you can continue the typical beauty queen stigma and do nothing with your title or number two, you can use your title and that voice to do amazing things with charities and with your career.

So, no regrets?

No. I do have regrets about certain situations, but not about joining the show.

So far, we’ve definitely seen your friendly side and your fiery side. What other sides of you will we see before the season is through?

I’m not sure. We only see the episodes a few days in advance, but I hope you’ll be able to see that I’m a loving mother, a loving wife and a person who’s just really happy. A lot of people might think I’m fake because I’m so bubbly, but guess what? Life is good.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

Beth Sobol is editor at large at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Bachelorette Spoiler Diva. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!