These days, there are entire “Real Housewives” storylines that revolve around glam-squad drama — but former “RHONY” star Carole Radziwill says that wasn’t always the case.
The author, 57, penned an essay for Allure on the franchise’s evolving relationship with beauty.
“When I started ‘RHONY,’ I did not have the phone number for a single makeup artist (I now have eight, on two coasts). We had glam teams, courtesy of Bravo, only for our ‘confessionals’ and a few of the ‘all-cast’ events,” she wrote, before referencing an incident in the Berkshires when Kristen Taekman threw water on Ramona Singer, ruining her blowout.
“It wasn’t until midway through Season 6 — incidentally, also the year we all joined Instagram — that I recall glam becoming the rule and not the exception.”
Now, beauty regularly pops up in “Housewives” plot lines. “RHOBH” Season 10 saw a huge fight between Kyle Richards and Dorit Kemsley when the latter was late to Teddi Mellencamp’s All In event because she was getting her hair and makeup done. Meanwhile, Erika Jayne has said that she pays north of $40,000 a month for her hair, makeup and wardrobe.
Radziwill claims that Bravo will pay for glam if the process is filmed.
The former “Housewife” also opened up about a secret fight in Cartagena in 2018 involving Tinsley Mortimer. “When new castmate Tinsley flew her glam team with her for a group trip to Cartagena in 2018, all hell broke loose after it became clear that they were there for Tinsley only,” she recalled.
“Glam-gate provided lots of drama, though none of it ever aired. Apparently, getting your makeup done for a dinner in New York was fine, but flying your glam team on location to film a TV show was too over the top, even for Bravo.”
As Radziwill pointed out: “It is reality, after all.”
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