I don't like the narrative of "Denise is a hypocrite." Like ALL their surgeries across every iteration of RH, the 1st season is the plainest of the plain. the true persona, the closest to the face you were born with, etc. THEN after watching yourself, you brush up, revamp wardrobe and get the surgeries to fix perceived "flaws." For instance, Sutton's hair bugs me. It needs toning down and a good trim and blowout. I'm sure if she's back next season, she will have "fixed" it. Also she will have thicker skin possibly.
That said, I believe as humans, there are no rules to life as to when you can change. You can start low and become better. There's no shame in trying to make yourself, your family and your life better. Maybe Denise didn't like what she saw of herself last season. Maybe she regretted sharing things so personal. Now she wants to make it different for her family for her own reasons. Surely if she began at the moral high ground and sunk into the sewer it would cause a little stir but they'd all relish in trying to rehabilitate her or some such version of that so they could raise themselves up.
Everyone should look at themselves and not Denise.
Erika doth protest too much. Let it lie, MOTHER of the year. I used to like you.