Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice, Us Weekly

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It's official: Teresa Giudice has seen the Us Weekly cover which features the imprisoned Real Housewives of New Jersey posing with her husband, Joe Giudice as well as daughters Milania Giudice, 9, and Audriana Giudice, 5. 

The family photo, in which daughters Gia Giudice, 14, and Gabriella Giudice, 10, were cropped off the magazine's cover, was taken inside Danbury Federal Prison on March 15, and it's safe to say Teresa's appearance is a far cry from the perfectly put-together reality star whom we're accustomed to seeing. 

So, what was her reaction to the photo, which sees the 42-year-old mother of four with a faded tan, her natural curly hair and makeup? 

"I met with Teresa today and brought the magazine to show her. She was extremely happy with it," Teresa's lawyer, James J. Leonard, Jr., tells E! news. "She got very emotional and actually started to cry when she saw the photos of Joe at home with the girls."

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While it's too soon to see what the reaction will be from fellow inmates, Teresa is happy to finally set the record straight. 

"Some of the stuff written about her is so ludicrous," Leonard Jr. continues. "She's glad the truth is out there."

With regards to Joe Giudice's Extra interview, during which said that he appreciates his wife "way more," Teresa's lawyer tells us that she was unable to watch the sit-down, but she is aware of the criticism surrounding her appearance, particularly because she has been wearing makeup in prison. 

"She said to me, 'If I look good, I get criticized for looking too good. If I look bad, I get criticized for looking terrible.' Either way, she can't win. So it really doesn't bother her," he says of his client, who has been wearing "the commissary makeup" and has even received manicures and pedicures, courtesy of other inmates. 

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Giudice also been taking advantage of the prison gym as a means to relieve her stress. "She exercises after every meal. It's like a low-budget spa. They do spin classes, ab classes. She's getting pretty ripped up," Joe told Us Weekly of his wife, adding that the other inmates "give her space."

On Thursday, the 42-year-old father of four made headlines of his own after he was barred from driving for two years; Teresa's lawyer tells us that she was not surprised by the judge's decision. 

Joe, whose 41 month prison sentence will begin after his wife is released, was also fined $10,000 for trying to use his brother's ID to obtain a driver's license while his was already suspended. The judge called Giudice's driving record, which reportedly included 39 license suspensions, "mind-boggling." 

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