The imprisoned Real Housewives of New Jersey star appears on the cover of Us Weekly's Apr. 13 issue, posing with her husband, Joe Giudice, 44, and daughters Milania Giudice, 9, and Audriana Giudice, 5. (Daughters Gia Giudice, 14, and Gabriella Giudice, 10, were cropped from the tabloid magazine's cover.)
The family picture, taken inside Danbury Federal Prison March 15, is a far cry from the glamorous photo shoots is used to as a Bravo reality star. With her tan fading and her naturally curly hair flowing freely, Teresa puts on a happy face for the camera as her husband shares new details about her life in prison.
Teresa puts on a smile for her family, too. "She comes out with her smile, with a little wave," Joe says.
According to Joe, the girls make nightly phone calls to Teresa and drive 80 miles a week to visit her in Connecticut. "I cry more than the girls," he says. "I pretty much cry every time I leave. Like a little baby."
During their six-hour reunions, Teresa, 42, helps her daughters with their homework while the younger ones take turns sitting on her lap. "It's not horrible place," Joe explains. "She never says anything bad."
While Gia, Gabriella and Milania realize Teresa is in prison, Joe says Audriana "thinks she's working."
Incarcerated since Jan. 5, Teresa—AKA Inmate No. 65703-050—begins each day with a 6 a.m. wakeup call. After putting on her khaki uniform, she reports to the cafeteria for breakfast and then hits the gym for the first of three workouts. "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 says, adding that other inmates "give her space."
"Everyone I encounter—from the inmates to the staff—tell me the Teresa they have come to know is nothing like the Teresa they've seen on television," her attorney, James. J. Leonard Jr., tells Us Weekly.
Teresa has made a "little group of friends," and they watch TV shows like Empire and Scandal.
"I miss Joe and my girls terribly, but we are going to get through this as a family one day at a time," Teresa says (through her lawyer). "We will be stronger because of this. Nothing can break us apart."
For more from the Giudices—including details on Joe and Gia's recent blowup, how their extended family is pitching in while Teresa is away, and if Bravo is contemplating a spinoff series—pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, out Friday.