Bravo’s hit reality television show The Real Housewives of New York City features seven prominent Manhattan women: Bethenny Frankel, Jill Zarin, LuAnn De Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, and Sonja Morgan.
This series is only the second installation of Bravo television network’s empire of wealthy kept women, a spin-off, along with an Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, and Washington D.C., of the original series The Real Housewives of Orange County that premiered in 2006. The Orange County-based installation ran on Bravo for five season, New York City for three, and New Jersey for two.
These women are not just socialites prancing around Manhattan sipping martinis, ravaging the racks at Bergdorf’s, and taking shots of Patron on yachts in the Hamptons; they are natural food chefs, writers, graphic designers, magazine editors, and businesswomen. These intelligent, well-spoken, ambitious, worldly, and beautiful women theoretically are perfect role models for young girls in the age where a 17-year-old Miley Cyrus shows off her pole dancing skills in hot pants at the Teen Choice Awards.