We all have our guilty pleasures, whether it's a video game you play when no one's home, a book you read when no one's looking, or a TV show or movie you watch when no one's looking. And no, I don't mean anything dirty or anything. I just mean something that, if others knew, they might think you were nerdy or shallow or stuck in a bygone era.
Time to confess...
This week, my guilty pleasure started its seventh season, though I can't say that I've seen every single season. But when I caught the Real Housewives of New York in its third season, I was hooked. Maybe it's because they have less plastic surgery than other reality TV stars or that these women actually work. Anyway, when I heard that my favorite Housewife, Bethenny Frankel, was returning to the show (and Aviva was long gone), I was totally down for this season. Who wouldn't be? I'm eager to see how Bethenny gets along (or doesn't) with the equally strong-minded Heather Thompson, and whether the plucky Carole Radziwill can handle the brash Bethenny.
I will say this about Heather Thompson. I don't really know her history or how she started her Yummie Tummie business, but I find it inspiring that a young woman has the leadership and wherewithal to go out on her own and to establish her own brand. I find that laudable in anyone, and I especially appreciate her no-nonsense approach to business and to everything else. That's the kind of stuff that keeps me coming back to the show, because despite all the usual reality show cattiness, the presence of women like Heather and Bethenny (again) make it worthwhile. They're not just pretty faces, but women who achieve by their own merits.
And that's what I call keeping it real.
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