Crazy Kelly Bensimon Does Sand Angels To Avoid Talking About Ramona

30 Apr

This is getting so much attention that I had to highlight it in a post of its own. And remember, she’s not crazy (no disrespect to Al Sharpton, of course):

On last night’s Real Housewives of NYC, Kelly and Sonja took a stroll on the beach to talk about Ramona, when Kelly decided the time to talk about Ramona was over and the time to make “sand angels” while your dog licks your face was just beginning.

Kelly actually does that every time she wants to avoid a conversation. So don’t bring up a contentious topic with her when you’re driving on the freeway unless you want to see how a “cement angel” can create a 17-car pile up and about a dozen real angels.

‘Real Housewives of New York’ Recap: Ramona Is ‘Pinot Polar’

30 Apr

This week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City was dubbed “Ramona’d” by Bravo, but it would have been more appropriately titled “Blondes Who Need Muzzles.” Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer were like two little out-of-control yapping dogs biting at people all night.

The first part of the show was a blur because Sonja would not shut up, and I couldn’t hear a lot of what was being said about invites and missed invites and the problem with Quogue. Especially when speaking with Cindy Barshop, she wouldn’t let her string more than two words together without interrupting her, usually with an insult. The woman has no filter and big lungs because she doesn’t pause for a breath as she rambles/mumbles.

One thing I was able to make out was that she’s “really well known” for breaking the ice between people. If you remember a few weeks ago, she also proclaimed herself to be “such a great gay icon.” Apparently her talents are known far and wide … at least to her. Anyway, this week she was determined to do some ice breaking between Kelly Bensimon and Ramona via a surprise attack while Kelly’s kids were present. Brilliant … not!

Cindy at least had the sense to warn Kelly and tell her not to bring her kids, which was a cool move on her part, but it’s totally going to come back and bite her in the ass because Kelly then confronted Sonja about it and told her in no uncertain terms that it wouldn’t be happening. Stay tuned for Sonja to freak out on Cindy for daring to step on her toes.

Just when it seemed Sonja was going to monopolize the episode with her bad behavior, in waltzed Ramona demanding Pinot Grigio here, insulting people there, and wearing one of the ugliest maroon-colored tracksuits I’ve ever seen.

At Cindy’s birthday party that wasn’t a birthday party in the very unfashionable town of Quogue (which Sonja wouldn’t stoop to enter), Ramona was out of control. LuAnn de Lesseps coined an awesome term for her behavior: “Pinot Polar.” She said when Ramona drinks, you never know what you’re going to get. Cindy and her party guests got Ramona the psycho drunk.

Teresa Giudice Daughters To Model In Children’s Fashion Show Tomorrow

29 Apr

Slowly but surely the Real Housewives of New Jersey are returning to the spotlight, and tomorrow night Teresa Giudice and her family are coming out for a good cause.

Three of Giudice’s daughters will be modeling in a children’s fashion show for Stage Left, in Franklin Lakes. The show benefits the March of Dimes and guests are requested to make a donation at the door. There will also be cocktails and light hors d’oeuvre from Hoboken’s own Anthony David’s. To RSVP please contact

On May 10th, Montclair State University will host their fifth annual College of the Arts fashion show on campus at Kasser Theater. Featuring the graduate collections of the school’s senior fashion studies majors, the show is entirely produced, styled, designed, modeled and directed by the students. To celebrate the students’ work, there will be a special performance from The Fugees’ Wyclef Jean.

To purchase $10 advance tickets contact Grace Napoleon at, there will be no ticket sales at the door.

Which Self-Professed ‘Classy’ Real Housewife of New York Is Actually Classy? Anybody?

29 Apr

Terrific article on the Real Housewives of New York City from

LuAnn de Lesseps

Why She Thinks She’s Classy:
-Has branded herself that way through many forms of media, including her book and her dance single, “Money Can’t Buy You Class.”
-Appears to believe in an osmosis-type superiority that results from partnering with Europeans, as evidenced by her aristocratic ex-husband, a Count who gave LuAnn the title she will never relinquish, even in death, and current boyfriend Jacques, a French David Schwimmer look-alike in the wine distribution business.
-Is against discussing pubic hairstyles, even in a friend’s private spa [see: Cindy Barshop].

Why She Might Not Actually Be Classy:
-Wrote a book stating class is the art of being yourself, then later admitted that she wasn’t “being herself” because she didn’t actually write it.
-Clings to pretentious Countess title, although it has not officially been recognized by anyone in the royal family.
-Is completely unaware when she’s being condescending toward others, as shown in the episode when she made a classroom of inner city girls sit through a reading of “her” book, and in every episode when she moans out at least a couple of “Dahhhhling”s.
-Seems to wear excessively large turquoise jewelry pieces for the express purpose of reminding everyone that she’s half Native American.
-Tone-deaf dance single and accompanying video.

Jill Zarin

Why She Thinks She’s Classy:
-Co-runs the oft-mentioned Zarin Fabric Warehouse, which only carries the best of the best, and also “runs in a fabulous circle of people” — her tagline during the opening credits of seasons 1-3.
-Has now changed her tagline to “Good or bad, I know who I am, and I own it,” which speaks again to the Countess-endorsed art of being yourself.
-Enjoys taking the less fortunate under her wing, meaning friends who are going through a sad sack period or who are currently without husbands.
-Is a loyal wife to mensch Bobby, a gem who reflects well on her.
-Spearheaded an expensive redecoration of her Upper East Side apartment that landed it the cover of Traditional Home magazine.

Why She Might Not Actually Be Classy:
-Says she knows who she is and owns it, but continually has no idea when she’s being awful and then denies culpability.
-Appears to begrudge the successes (both financial and emotional) of friends once they emerge from their sad sack periods.
-One of the biggest shit talkers on the show, also has a habit of aggressively probing into details of the others lives, most recently when she met housewife Cindy Barshop for the first time and immediately began pressing Cindy about why she has infant twins when she’s clearly old and single.
-Made sending her daughter to fat camp part of her own story arc.
-Related: Launched a line of body shapes for young girls called “Skweez.”

Ramona Singer

Why She Thinks She’s Classy:
-Prides herself on being an independent businesswoman and received the “Celebrity Entrepreneur of the Year” award in recognition of her clothing resale company; also has a line of skincare products, HSN jewelry, and Ramona brand Pinot Grigio.
-Designs and sells faith-based jewelry with husband Mario.
-Is happily married, but extremely vocal about the fact that she will never rely on a man for his money.
-Tends to be instinctively true to herself (especially when breaking into dance) and makes a sincere effort to be true with others, going so far as to tell housewife Alex’s husband Simon that she found him creepy, then openly retracting that statement after he grew on her like a fungus. -Named her daughter Avery.

Why She Might Not Actually Be Classy:
-Pushes a faith-based jewelry line that she insists is about faith, when it’s really about making money.
-Unlike Jill Zarin, does very little talking behind her girlfriends’ backs, but does a fair amount of shit talking to their faces.
-Along the same lines, conducts extremely inappropriate employee interviews, telling one young woman — fresh out of college — that she needed to do something about her acne and then handed her a Ramona skincare product.
-Recognized by the other women as something of a spaz, especially when she gets a little Pinot in her.

Alexis Bellino Talks Press Backlash & Royal Wedding Fever

28 Apr

Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino is no stranger to living a lavish lifestyle, so it should come as no surprise that she’s excited for the Royal Wedding!

Celebuzz chatted with the 34-year-old reality star turned fashion designer about everything from how she deals with negativity in the press, growing a “thick skin” during her second season of the Bravo show and the current relationship standings with all the other housewives:

The Royal Wedding is coming up – are you preparing anything or doing anything fun?
I’m not preparing anything, but I’m really excited about it. I’m going to drag my husband to watch it. [laughs]

What are you most excited about for the wedding?
I love everything about it. It’s so formal and elegant, and I love seeing the parade. I love the different presentations for it. I can’t wait to see her dress. It’s just all so exciting!

Do you remember anything from when Princess Diana’s wedding was going on?
I was pretty young during that time so I don’t really remember it.

On the show, you have the Alexis Couture fashion line. How is that going?
It’s going great! The episode you guys get to see it on has the photo shoot for it, so you’ll get to see the different styles. I also wear stuff on the show. I followed something that I was passion about and got someone on board with me, so I made it happen.

Is a lot of your personal style reflected in the collection?
A lot of it is. I got out of my box a little bit for some of it because I do have a partner that I’m working with. We incorporated a few pieces that aren’t my fashion but that I still love. The goal was to make it so that we have at least two pieces that every woman can wear.

What three words would you use to describe your own personal style?
Trendy, edgy, and girly. Very Sex & the City.

You’ve been on the show now for a couple of years. It what ways has your life changed since starting the show?
It’s changed a lot in the fact that when I first came on the show I was kind of naïve and thought I was going to be friends with everybody. After a season of seeing everyone’s true colors and seeing how reality television works, it put a bit of a twist for the second year. You second guess yourself more because you think about how other people will perceive it. I’ve also just decided that I need to take more risks. I was very timid and scared to be confrontational during the first year. I was worried about what America would think, but I realized people are going to have different opinions.

NeNe Leakes Attacks Latoya Jackson On “Celebrity Aprentice”

27 Apr

I have to admit I haven’t been following NeNe’s turn on “Celebrity Apprentice” so this is old news, but there’s another update below. Of course, no one should be surprised at the news of NeNe fighting with somebody, but then too no one can say she’s not an equal opportunity bully, white or black, at some point you will feel NeNe’s wrath

The season of feuds continued on the most recent episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” as NeNe Leakes lashed out at La Toya Jackson.

Leakes, who had plenty of reasons to be dissatisfied with Jackson’s flighty performance as project manager, let the barbs fly during the latest boardroom showdown but saved the best of her worst putdowns for later.

It was only after the women of Team ASAP learned they’d pulled off a lucky win that Leakes launched her full attack on Jackson.

“Don’t you try to act like you’re the reason that we won, because you are not,” the “Real Housewife” shouted. “I worked my ass off while you sat there looking like Casper the Ghost! OK? OK? Let’s be clear. Let’s be clear, Casper. You’ve fooled a lot of people with this, but you have not fooled me. Be gone! Disappear, ghost!”

While Jackson refused to engage with the “bully” because they were “torn from different cloths,” the one-way silent treatment only gave Leakes more time to tell the singer just what she thought of her.

“The only reason you’ve gotten this far is because of your last name,” Leakes shouted, “and you’ve faked it for 50 years. You are very old, and you should act your age and not 12. You are an old lady.”

Ouch! And Mark McGrath thought he had it tough when he was fired Sunday night.

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Kim Zolciak Throws ‘Perfect’ Baby Shower

27 Apr

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Kim Zolciak is preparing for the arrival of her baby boy but decided to throw an amazing baby shower before the big day arrives.

“I put so much time into making it perfect,” Zolciak told Life & Style, giving them an inside look at the big bash. “I’m really happy.”

Over 110 friends and family of the reality star, 32, and NFL boyfriend Kroy Biermann, 25, celebrated together at the over-the-top event, including fellow Atlanta ‘Housewives’ Phaedra Parks and Sheree Whitfield.

Zolciak said she wanted the party, which featured mini crab cakes and “baby boy” Oreo cookies, to be extra special for Biermann, her boyfriend of about a year.

“I really wanted the baby shower to be special for Kroy, this being his first baby — and a boy,” Zolciak, who is seven months pregnant, said.

Though the Bravo star has two daughters from a previous marriage, she admitted she’s nervous about having her first son.

“I just don’t know what to do with a boy — I’m all girls!” she told Life & Style, on newsstands now. “But I hear the bond of a mother and son is like no other.”

Kelly Bensimon Helps Build Water Wells In Haiti

27 Apr

No way am I near being convinced that Crazy Kelly doesn’t belong in a psycho ward, but give her credit when it’s due (of course, that kid doesn’t look too happy being held on to by a raving lunatic, but hey):

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with Kelly Bensimon, former model and star of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” about her involvement with Generosity Water, an organization that works to provide clean water to people in developing countries. Bensimon recently returned from a trip with Generosity Water to Haiti.

Generosity Water’s goal is to set up wells in villages that are protected from contaminants and organize water committees to distribute and protect this water. So far the organization has installed 131 wells worldwide.

Bensimon, a Rockford, Ill., native, has two daughters with her ex-husband, fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon.

Interviewed By: Brittany Fuerstenberg

Q: Can you explain to us the goal of Generosity Water?

Bensimon: The goal of Generosity Water is simply to bring water to countries in need.

Q: You just returned from Haiti with Generosity Water. Did you have any memorable experiences while you were there that you’d like to share with us?

Bensimon: It was really unbelievable. One of the most important things that we have to remember when we visit a place like Haiti is that [in their] hierarchy of need, water is at the top. Close to 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water worldwide, and 3.5 million people die from water related illnesses every year. So basically, [if] you want to be a humanitarian and a build a hospital, you can’t [just] build a hospital if you’re not stopping the reason people are being [sent] there, like for water-related illnesses.

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But, one thing that really struck me was that in Haiti the government donated this plot of land, Canara, and they said, “listen, you know your homes have been devastated so we’re going to offer this land to you,” but there was one problem: there was no water.

The wells in Haiti are more expensive than they are in other places because you have to dig deeper. The actual wells that are built in Haiti are $6,000 versus the normal $3,000. The most important thing to remember is people can survive weeks without food; they can only survive three days without water. When I saw young girls, 10-year-olds, walking around with 40 pounds of water on their heads that I couldn’t even carry, and they weren’t in school, I thought to myself: “No. You go to school. I’ll take care of your water.”

LuAnn de Lesseps Teaches Girls How To Land A Royal

27 Apr

Listen up, pretty commoners. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of The Real Housewives Of New York City has a few tips on how to land yourself a royal man. The auto-tone sensation behind “Money Can’t Buy You Class” shared with Popeater some helpful hints for those singletons looking to lock down a prince/king/earl/duke whathaveyou. If Catherine Middleton can do it, so can you!

It should be noted here that de Lessep’s title wasn’t officially given to our fair countess by France; it’s more of a nickname.

Are you ready for your lessons, plebes? Grab your pad and pencil and check out what de Lesseps has to say after the jump.

PHOTOS: 7 Fun Facts About The Royal Wedding

1. Travel. Instead of putting down money to go on a cruise (eww), take yourself on a trip somewhere different. Never been to Europe? Now’s the time.

2. “Step outside your comfort zone,” advises the countess. This will open you up to new people and new opportunities (and jewelry?).

3. The countess suggests knowing your history, as foreign men like their women “knowledgeable and quick.”

4. Apparently we American women “have less baggage” than our European sisters, so says the countess. By showcasing our carefree spirit, we’ll nab a royal in no time.

5. “You must be comfortable with who you are. Kate Middleton is a great example of a commoner who just has such good energy and is so positive,” the countess remarked. “That is really attractive to a royal.”

6. Act and carry oneself like a royal at all times. Even in my fatty sweatpants?

7. (This last one is questionable, but if I’m promised a mountain of diamonds at the end of my royal wait, then I’ll do the time) “Hang in there. We all know how long Kate waited for her prince to finally propose. These royal men take their sweet time.”


Peggy Tanous: “I Was In Denial” About Postpartum Depression

26 Apr

Season six of The Real Housewives of Orange County welcomes another blonde mama, Peggy Tanous. The 41-year old former model and now stay-at-home mom is a mix between a holistic, new age woman and a wealthy Orange County party girl. Along with bonding with her new OC gal-pals, Peggy will shine a light about her struggles with postpartum depression. The mom-of-two opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her daughters – London, 3 1/2, and Capri, 21 months – whom she would “love to do some modeling,” how she beat PPD, and what to expect from her role on Housewives.

CBS: Tell us about your role on The Real Housewives of Orange County. What can we expect from you on the show?

PT: “I’m a wife and stay-at-home mother of two, so I guess you can say I’m an actual housewife [laughs]! Before my babies, I was a full time TV host, spokesperson and model. You can expect to see me this season with my family a lot and getting back into my work. You will also see Tamra and I becoming great friends.”

CBS: You are a former model and now stay-at-home mother of two. What is more challenging – being a mom or a model?

PT: “Being a stay-at-home mom is way more challenging than being a model. I think being a mom is a tougher job than any 9-5 job!”

CBS: You struggle with postpartum depression. Please tell us your experiences with PPD. How do you get through each day? What seems to help? Please tell us why you have chosen to publicly discuss your battle with PPD.

PT: “I had PPD really bad after I had my first daughter London, but didn’t realize I had it and was in denial. Then my husband and his mother did an intervention. I started taking a natural supplement called SAMe that really helped. I knew I wanted two kids, but was afraid to have another one. We decided to try and figured it might take awhile. I got pregnant right away, but luckily was able to take the natural remedies throughout the pregnancy. I still had bad days, but when Capri was born it was a totally different feeling. I wasn’t scared or fearful, rather happy and nurturing.

Talking about it helps and exercise also really helps. I try to take a lot of walks. I wanted to be open about my PPD on the show, as this show is centered mostly around drama and if I’m able to help people with what I dealt with I feel it makes it all worth it.”

CBS: We hear you love holistic living, but you also love plastic surgery. Do you struggle with this dichotomy? Please tell us what work you have had done.

PT: “I don’t love plastic surgery. A better way to say it is that I’m not opposed to plastic surgery if it makes you feel good about yourself. Holistic in my eyes is spelled with a ‘W’ meaning whole! Inside and outside my body. I put in holistic remedies and organic food, but I also do upkeep on the outside.

As far as actual plastic surgery, I’ve only had my boobs done. Plastic surgery is when they physically cut you. Now as far as other beauty regiments, I do Botox and have had my top lip injected with filler – That is it! I’ve had people ask about my chin and cheeks, but I’m very blessed to have my grandmas Danish bone structure.”

Jill Zarin Claims That She Misses Privacy

26 Apr

“Real Housewives of New York City” star — and Simmons College alum — Jill Zarin was back in Boston yesterday to debate the pros and cons of being a reality TV star at the annual Simmons Leadership Conference at the World Trade Center.

Let’s see, Jill hates the “loss of privacy” that being a celebrity has brought her, but she does like to use her fame to do charity work, according to the live-streamed video of her speech on the Internet. Just in case you were wondering….

Over the weekend, Jill got the stare-down from “The Fighter” Mark Wahlberg, who is back in the Hub filming “Ted.”

The Bravo reality star, known for her nasal voice and brutally honest opinions, drove up to Wahlberg’s brother Paul’s Hingham restaurant, Alma Nove, and spotted Marky Mark climbing into his car.

“Pulled up to alma restaurant on water in hingham and mark wahlberg and I do stare down,” tweeted Zarin, who was in town with her hubby, Bobby. “I know u I know I know u! Dying!”

OK, we get that she knows him. But is Mark a big RHONY fan????

Tamra Barney Was A Lesbian For a Minute

25 Apr

I guess with all the love that Tamra’s been showing Eddie Judge this season, the revelation that she once had a bathroom tete-tate with Fernanda Rocha not too long ago is probably the reason the Brazilian chick didn’t make it as a regular on the RHOOC this season. Consider too that they were both with “significant others” at the time and you’re left with Tamra (and Fernanda) being pretty trashy. Tho’ it was funny watching how cool Fernanda was telling Lynne that she and Tamra once shared a kiss right in front of that manly ex:

Obviously Fernanda doesn’t think a kiss between friends who may or may not be attracted to one another is that big of a deal. Otherwise, there is no way she would have so casually brought up a kiss between her and Tamra with her ex standing right there. But she did on ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ (Sun., 10PM ET on Bravo).

Lynne was supposed to meet both Tamra and Fernanda at the health club, but when Tamra didn’t show, the women found themselves talking about her. That’s when Fernanda decided to reveal a little secret about their friend. Something she called a “silly moment.”

According to Fernanda, Tamra followed her into a bathroom and then “a kiss happened.”

Lynne asked if this would constitute cheating on her ex, who was standing right there, but Fernanda denied that. “No,” she said. “We had a kiss.”

“While I was in a relationship and while Tamra was in a relationship,” Fernanda’s ex said. “I have a problem with that.”

So was it cheating, or just a harmless kiss? Fernanda seems to think there was something more going on there emotionally, though apparently a kiss itself is no big deal. We’ll have to wait and see what Tamra thinks of the whole thing, and of Fernanda blabbing about it.

Of course, the irony here is what with Tamra sinking lower and lower into being trailer trash, Simon Barney is starting to look kinda sane.

Teresa Giudice Writes Second cookbook

25 Apr

Somewhere in between carting four young daughters back and forth to school and dance and filming her hit show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” reality TV star and Morris County resident Teresa Giudice says she manages to cook dinner for her family six days a week.

That is, after all, how she grew up: watching her mom, Antonia Gorga, an “off the boat” Italian immigrant, feeding her family with the fresh ingredients and hearty meals of Italy.

In her latest cookbook, “Fabulicious! Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook,” Giudice, 38, of Montville, archives her mother’s recipes — and even one of her mother-in-law’s — on the page in hopes of inspiring others to old-fashioned Italian cooking.

“My parents are off the boat; I’m first generation here,” Giudice said in a phone interview with the Daily Record Friday afternoon, while her daughters could be heard playing and singing in the background. “I wanted to pass that tradition down to my children.”

“Fabulicious!” goes on sale May 3 and is Giudice’s second book.