Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Real Housewives Of New York City Returns To Bravo For Season 12 On April 2 — Watch The Official Trailer, Cast Bios And Photos HERE!

The wait is finally over! The Real Housewives of New York City are back for season twelve which premieres on Bravo on Thursday, April 2 at 9pm/8c! Returning are Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Tinsley Mortimer, who are joined by new cast member Leah McSweeney. Check out the official trailer, cast bios, and photos below!


The following information is courtesy via Bravo TV's Official Press Release

“The Real Housewives of New York City” season 12 premieres on Thursday, April 2, at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. Returning this season: Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, and Tinsley Mortimer. New housewife Leah McSweeney joins this season and this edgy downtown girl has the ladies clutching their pearls.. For a sneak peek of the series, visit: https://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-york-city/season-12/videos/your-first-look-at-season-12-of-the-real

Coming this season: Life is still a cabaret, but now it’s called “Marry, F**k, Marry” as Luann de Lesseps workshops the latest iteration of her notorious stage show. With her probation over, she tries to reclaim her old life, but realizes old habits die hard.

Ramona Singer is on the hunt for love and companionship, now all she needs is a man who fills out her checklist. She sold the beloved apartment she shared with daughter Avery and is now trying to get used to her new digs. Struggling with letting go of her old life, she seeks a little help in the form of therapy.

Sonja Morgan is living her best life! When she shows her latest Sonja by Sonja Morgan collection at NYFW, she is approached by an iconic NY department store with a big partnership offer. Looking for a fresh start, she faces one of the hardest decisions she has ever had to make.

Dorinda Medley is juggling moving into a new apartment, renovating the old one, and dealing with the damage caused by a flood at Bluestone Manor. As she re-evaluates her relationship with longtime boyfriend John, she’s rediscovering herself and trying to be at peace. But she continues to butt heads with Tinsley. When Ramona and Sonja try to step in to help her deal with what they perceive to be anger issues, tensions reach an all-time high.

Tinsley Mortimer is enjoying her life in the city with her newly adopted dogs and a new apartment at the hotel. But just when Tinsley is about to give up on love, an old flame returns and makes her an offer she can’t resist.

New housewife Leah McSweeney is a born-and-bred New Yorker. She is the mother of 12-year-old Keir and is also a boss who just celebrated the 15th anniversary of her streetwear brand for women, by women, Married to the Mob. Although she is the youngest in the group of women, she is not afraid to speak her mind, which at times causes friction, especially with Ramona and Sonja.

“The Real Housewives of New York City” is produced by Shed Media with Lisa Shannon, Barrie Bernstein, Darren Ward, and John Paparazzo. Andy Cohen is also an Executive Producer.

Meet the housewives:

Born in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Dorinda Medley graduated from college and arrived in New York City, working in the showrooms of Liz Claiborne. She met her first husband and followed him to London to start a family and eventually her own cashmere company, DCL Cashmere. Many high-profile London clients like Princess Diana and Joan Collins became acquaintances, and soon, Dorinda left her mark on London society. Ten years in London also brought her a daughter, Hannah, a divorce, and a wish to return to New York to figure out life in the city as a single mom. In 2005, Dorinda met and married financier Dr. Richard Medley, a former Washington power broker and respected speechwriter to congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, and together they worked on fund-raising for charitable causes with the likes of Bishop Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Secretary Madeline Albright, and President Bill and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

After the tragic loss of their beloved Richard in 2011, Dorinda and Hannah found strength in each other and in their loved ones to overcome the radical changes of losing a husband, friend, companion, and father figure. Through perseverance and support from her close friends, Dorinda climbed right back to the top of New York society, eventually meeting boyfriend John Mahdessian, owner of New York's legendary couture restoration house Madame Paulette. Dorinda is always directing her energy and focus into her home, family and friends, church, social engagements, and love for pop culture. In 2019, Dorinda reignited her passion for teaching aerobics, creating and touring with her interactive workout class Dorobics to great success.  She continuously gives back to her favorite charitable organizations like Ali Forney Center, Born This Way Foundation, Prevention, Joy.J Initiative, Ronald McDonald House, NYLovesKids.org and Gabrielle's Angel Foundation.

Dorinda's passion for entertaining was deeply enhanced with the purchase of Blue Stone Manor, a nine-bedroom Stanford White estate in her native Great Barrington. With a recent flood at the estate, Dorinda was forced to renovate and restore the historic property to get it back to its former glory. Nothing gives Dorinda more pleasure than a weekend or holiday spent with great company, home-cooked meals, and the festive, personal touches she is known for. She enjoys the theater, the beach, the mountains, fabulous parties, a great dirty martini, and all types of fashion—both high-end and high-street—and considers all of her pieces collector's items. After a trying year, Dorinda has learned to love herself and focuses on her spiritual and mental wellness daily. There's never enough glitz, glam, and sparkle for this true New York City Housewife.

Leah McSweeney is a streetwear pioneer, female entrepreneur, cultural provocateur, and mother of 12-year-old Kiki living in New York City. Leah famously launched Married to the Mob in 2004, one of the first streetwear brands for women, by women. She created her brand as a response to the male dominated streetwear scene of the time, proving women could be innovators, designers, and consumers in the space. Since launching, she has brokered exclusive partnerships with MCM, Kangol, Barbie, Colette Paris, Reebok, and Nike.

When she is not building her empire, Leah brings her strong female voice and viewpoint to her podcast, Improper Etiquette. She is a contributor to Penthouse Magazine, Hypebae and Mass Appeal. Leah continues to advocate for female empowerment, street culture, and creative entrepreneurship. She also leans into lifestyle topics like health, fitness, and breaking the stigma around mental health. With the help of Tinsley Mortimer, Leah has found a new group of friends, but her outspoken nature proves to be too much for the ladies to handle at times.

Luann De Lesseps is everyone's favorite Countess!

The model-turned-Countess has transformed her career as a nurse, author, philanthropist, actress, into a nationally recognized cabaret star.

After its successful debut in 2017, Live Nation inked Luann's hit cabaret show, #CountessAndFriends, for a multi-year national tour where she continues to sell out venues coast to coast with rave reviews. Luann is now preparing for her second iteration of the tour with her new show, “Marry, F**k, Kill” which her fans have been eagerly awaiting.

Her globally recognized hit songs "Money Can't Buy You Class," "Chic C'est La Vie," and "Girl Code" have been streamed and downloaded tens of millions of times and resulted in her own Pandora station. Over the summer, Luann released her latest dance hit “Feelin’ Jovani” to mass fanfare. Continuing in her musical success, Luann recently teamed up with Grammy-Award winning songwriter Desmond Child (Barbara Streisand, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin) on her much-anticipated new dance single “Viva La Diva” set to release in the spring.

Luann continues to expand her horizons with frequent hosting and guest appearances on shows such as: The Today Show, The View, Wendy Williams, Dr. Oz, Access Hollywood, ET, and others. She appeared as a guest star on the popular Hulu show Difficult People, and fans can still see her in airings of Law & Order: SVU, alongside Mariska Hargitay.

A champion for many charitable organizations including: The American Cancer Society, GLAAD, and ACE Partnership for the Homeless. Luann has most recently partnered with The Fortune Society which supports formerly incarcerated inmates by helping them build a successful life path as they reenter into society.

A mother of two successful artists, Victoria and Noel, Luann currently divides her time between her homes in New York City, Upstate New York, and the Hamptons, where she is working on her next book, after previously authoring Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance & Flair.

Ramona Singer is a true entrepreneur, most recently developing her own anti-aging skincare serum, Ageless by Ramona. To ensure her products have the best possible ingredients, formulas, and benefits, Ramona sought out the guidance of top dermatologists. Ageless by Ramona is available on Amazon Prime.

At an early age, Ramona had a passion for fashion and later attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was the first graduate of the four-year honors program, earning a BS in marketing. Ramona began her career in the elite Macy's executive training program as a buyer and continued it in sales management for major fashion companies such as Calvin Klein and French Connection. When she was 30, her entrepreneurial spirit arose, and she launched her own company dealing in closeout merchandise, working with some of the largest retailers. Once that spirit was ignited, Ramona continued to develop it by branching into the wine and accessory industry with the launch of the True Faith jewelry, HSN jewelry collection, and also a Ramona Pinot Grigio.

Ramona is passionate about her charity work, especially supporting women and children who are victims of domestic abuse, after the abuse she witnessed her own mother enduring. Ramona has always been a strong believer that children are the future and became involved with Africa Foundation/And Beyond, which helps build schools for children in Africa. Ever the optimist, Ramona has taken all of the recent developments in her life and made the most out of them. She is happily single and is focused on healthy living and spending time with her daughter, Avery and friends. After renovating and selling her Manhattan residence, she moved to a stunning apartment in the east sixties.

Sonja Morgan is a fixture of New York City society. She got her start modeling in Paris and Milan and studying marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, representing high-end luxury brands while keeping her Berkshire-bred sensibilities and values. Sonja used her business acumen and social skills—along with rock-and-rollers, royalty, and the power set—to launch several award-winning luxury fashion brands and successful hot spots across the country. Sonja captured America's attention with her groundbreaking toaster oven recipes, which inspired the all-encompassing international fashion lifestyle brand she plans to grow globally with her partners. In 2015, Sonja launched Sonja Morgan New York, her signature fashion line during New York Fall Fashion Week. She continued to expand her brand with the launch of TipsyGirl, a Prosecco and sparkling Rosé line. In 2017 Sonja introduced her heritage brand shoe line Sonja Morgan by French Sole. In 2018 she added Sonja By Sonja Morgan, a curated selection of  affordable luxury fashions and accessories under $150 and her recently released Sonja Morgan New York Parfum, a unisex scent of exquisitely aged natural essential oils. Her fashion lines, shoes, and perfume are available at sonjabysonjamorgan.com.

As a divorced mother, Sonja dedicates her time to her 18-year-old daughter, her businesses, and her philanthropy, which includes work with children, artists, the LGBT community, and animals. A lover of the arts, Sonja enjoys producing, writing, and performing her inspirational "caburlesque" sing song skits at her Sonja in the City events that benefit her charities. Sonja received one of her first awards in 1990 at the St. Regis for being a Singular Sensation for her charity work as a young single woman alongside Vanessa Noel and Mira Sorvino. She received a New York State Senate award in July 2013 for her entrepreneurial business savvy, her use of the media, and again her charity work. She was interviewed on those topics and her "Philanthrocapitalism" by The Economist magazine at the New York Stock Exchange for Bloomberg TV. In October 2016 she made her Off-Broadway acting debut in Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, in which Sonja was able to play her alter-ego in the character of a sexually repressed teacher while still incorporating her signature bawdy, sexy sense of humor that viewers know her for. 2018 Sonja continued her comedic climb with Improv Asylum and Cabaret appearances with her pal Countess Luann. Sonja's motto remains "Live each day as if you have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

Tinsley Mortimer, Tinsley Randolph Mercer Mortimer hails from Virginia and spent her childhood years growing up at Graymont, the Mercer family house in Richmond, Virginia. She then attended boarding school at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where she met her first husband, Topper Mortimer. Together, they moved to New York City, where Tinsley attended Columbia University and graduated with a degree in art history. As soon as Tinsley landed in New York, her blonde hair, Southern belle charm, and personal branding abilities propelled her into high society. She quickly became synonymous with the New York social scene and was the most photographed woman in New York City in the early 2000s. After working at Vogue, she transitioned to a career in public relations. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Tinsley built a successful personal brand that was launched with a line of handbags, Samantha Thavasa by Tinsley Mortimer; a clothing collection, Riccimie by Tinsley Mortimer, which was sold exclusively in Japan; and a tabletop collection. Tinsley then became the beauty ambassador for the iconic French fashion design house of Christian Dior and helped to create a lip gloss coined Tinsley Pink.

Tinsley went on to publish her first novel, Southern Charm, and made her television debut in the hit TV show Gossip Girl in 2010. When she and Topper divorced, she decided to take a sabbatical from the fast-paced and overwhelming lifestyle that she created for herself in New York City. A respite in Palm Beach gave her time to reflect on her accomplishments, and in late 2016, Tinsley decided to move back to New York City and prove that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Once back in the city she loves, she channeled her energy into her charity efforts, including supporting the Best Friends Animal Society. She is the celebrity ambassador for “No Dogs Left Behind,” a global animal rescue organization and flew to Beijing on behalf of the charity last year. Tinsley brought five rescues back to the states with her and adopted two from the group, naming them Strawberry & Shortcake.

In 2018, Tinsley teamed up with the cosmetic brand Winky Lux, to create her own collection titled XXO Tinsley for Winky Lux.  She launched with a range of eyelash’s in three different sizes, a giftset titled a Wink & Kiss and created her favorite shade of lip gloss, appropriately titled Vodka Cran.

Now that Tinsley is finally back and settled into her New York groove, she is ready to open herself up to finding the perfect match with whom she can continue to build her empire and share her special love for animals.

The Real Housewives of New York City Season 12 premieres on Thursday, April 2 at 9pm/8c on Bravo!

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