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Meet the soon-to-be infamous ladies of The Real Housewives of Vancouver
Meet the Housewives (from left to right): Christina Kiesel, Reiko MacKenzie, Jody Claman, Mary Zilba and Ronnie Seterdahl Negus
Years of yogalates, Yaletown shopping sprees and first world problems have prepared five of Vancouver’s most fabulous women to star in the first Canadian installment of the Real Housewives franchise.
They join the ranks of pampered homemakers from Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, Miami, Athens, Israel and France: all who have been featured on the hit international reality show. Being the most expensive place to live in North America, it seems fitting that Vancouver is the next stop on the series’ worldwide tour of the lifestyles of the rich and not-so famous.
So who are the new faces of the city? The show delves into the glamorous lives of jetsetter Christina Kiesel, entrepreneur Jody Claman, former Miss Ohio Mary Zilba, martial arts enthusiast Reiko MacKenzie and social butterfly Ronnie Seterdahl as they live large on the West Coast.
Of course these one percenters love getting dolled up for a good party, but living in the lap of luxury isn’t all diamond-studded cupcakes and designer duds. A former pop singer, Mary is looking to reignite her music career, while Jody (who describes herself as “Martha Stewart on crack”) runs her own catering company and high-end clothing boutique.
On the flip side, Christina figured out the true secret to financial success early on: “My primary source of income is two divorces – full stop.”
All of the women except for Christina are mothers, and although their social calendars are hectic, they’re always up for an adventure. From Reiko’s prized exotic car collection to Ronnie’s private jet and Napa Valley vineyard, they never seem to run out of ways to deal with all that pesky extra cash that seems to be lying around.
They may love their luxury toys, but can these divas really play nice with each other? Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content at Shaw Media, assures us that there will be plenty of Canadian catfights.
“The Real Housewives of Vancouver is packed with all of the juiciest story lines, drama, power, wealth and glamour that viewers love about the huge, international hit franchise,” she says. “Every episode will leave people wanting more.”
That may seem like a far cry from the city’s usual laid-back beach bum reputation, but if anything, giving the world a glimpse of the ever-stylish middle-aged frenemies in “real” Vancouver could really help the city ditch its “third-worst dressed city in the world” title.
The show premieres on Wednesday April 4th at 9 p.m. on Slice.