Bravo’s collection of Real Housewives has contributed many things to pop culture, such as the infamous New Jersey table flip, the term “prostitution whore,” multiple face-lifts and boob jobs (I’m looking at you Orange County!), and who can forget the song “Tardy for the Party”? Through all the drama though, one strong willed woman has truly climbed to the top – The Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel.
The fast talking, quick witted, and always opinionated Bethenny first appeared on the Real Housewives as the only single lady looking for love, although skeptical about it from the get-go. More focused on her career and becoming a better version of herself, Bethenny stood out from the beginning as being an independent woman who wouldn’t stop until she got what she wanted. What a change in comparison to the rest of the housewives!
By the third season of the Real Housewives of New York, viewers got to see Bethenny in an entirely different light. She went from lonely career woman to a flourishing force to be reckoned with. While the majority of the Housewife characters spent the season arguing and stirring up drama amongst each other, Bethenny was constantly working her ass off on her multiple book deals, her “SkinnyGirl” brand, and her budding romance with her now husband, Jason Hoppy. She even found out that she was pregnant!
Now, with her new show on Bravo Bethenny Getting Married? featuring her marriage and pregnancy, it seems like Bethenny truly is sitting on top of the world. With the ultimate success in her public career life and her new private ventures, it seems like Bethenny has found a way to balance the best of both worlds – being a serious business entrepreneur while still managing to be a dedicated wife and mother, all while remaining true to the brand she created.
Media today rarely highlights success that women obtain in their careers, and it’s even less likely for the media to celebrate a woman who has everything they could aspire for. In a world of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears always being put under a negative spotlight, it is sometimes hard to remember that women are out making a name for themselves every day.
For example, Bethenny has shown that her hardwork has truly paid off. In the last two years, she has published two New York Times best selling books: Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting and The SkinnyGirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life. She has been featured on three seasons of The Real Housewives of New York, as well as her own exercise DVD Body by Bethenny. She has even created an audio book this past year! With these accomplishments, it’s no wonder Bravo offered her a show all her own.
Through everything though, it seems like Bethenny hasn’t compromised herself, showing that hard work actually pays off, instead of taking the easy way out. (She could have easily just settled for her fame on the Real Housewives, but instead decided to make a name for herself.) Remaining steadfast in getting exactly what she wants, Bethenny shows young women that a little bit of effort and a whole lot of hard work truly pays off – and with today’s economic climate and negative female media attention, that’s a positive thing to see.
So, when I grow up … I want to be my own version of Bethenny Frankel, because with all her accomplishments, her blunt wit, and her you-can-have-it-all attitude, who wouldn’t want to be?