Saturday, April 23, 2011

Girl Crush

OK, so I am crushing hard on Bethenny Frankel.  It is surprising because I really wasn’t a big fan of hers when she was on the Real Housewives of NYC. I didn’t even get why she was on the show because she wasn’t married or engaged or…?  I think I caught the last two episodes On Demand and it just really didn’t do it for me.  But, somehow I stumbled onto Bravo’s “Bethenny Getting Married” last season and I actually digged it.

The show is about Bethenny – who gained fame from the RHW reality show and her SkinnyGirl franchise – who gets pregnant by her boyfriend of two years, Jason Hoppy.  Jason and Bethenny decide to get married and the show is about the trials and tribulations of their journey to matrimony and parenthood.

It would be one of those shows that I would watch when “my” Jason wasn’t home or in the bedroom while he watched sports.  I really wasn’t committed, but I actually thought she was pretty funny.  One hysterical episode that pops into my mind is when she waxes her linea negra, the line of hair down your belly when pregnant.  I don’t know why, but I thought it was just hilarious. I guess because I had wanted to do it, but was too afraid to since they say it grows back even darker.

When I saw that Bravo had picked it up for a second season and renamed the show “Bethenny Ever After,” I wanted to check it out again but I had been on a TV dry spell lately. 

So, with the show in mid-season, I found myself alone one weekend and spent hours getting caught up.

Now I am hooked.

If you don’t watch the show and want to, I won’t give anything away.  But I guess on some levels I can relate to her character.  Bethenny has total chutzpah and acts like a real person (who just happens to be a tad neurotic); she totally over thinks everything and I can relate; she also has a kick ass body* and I love her style which makes me admire in her; and she is married to a Jason.

I know it is Reality TV folks and, it is not only that she is real, but Bethenny seems totally genuine, just like one of the girls.

On the last episode, she turned 40 and she talked about “birthday blues.”  God, I can totally relate.  Bethenny said she dreaded her birthday every year.  She wouldn’t want anyone to make a big deal about it; but, then, when it was upon her and no one made a big deal out of it, so she felt sorry for herself.  This is sooo my pattern.  Her psychology and mine are totally different, but I could relate.

*Now to explain my asterisk. So, in the series, Bethenny has just had a baby girl.  A few weeks after, she posed in a bathing suit for a tabloid magazine and she looked fantastic.  I’d like to report that, when she was preggers, she seemed very healthy.  She wasn’t necessarily one of those Skinny Girls with a basketball belly.  She looked like a healthy pregnant woman.  But like I said, her body bounced right back.  I admire her philosophy which is nothing new – the old adage of losing weight with eating sensibly, portion control and moving your body.

Bethenny actually got her start on Bravo’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” in 2005.  She made it to the series finale, but came in second place.  After the show, she gained notoriety and began writing a column for Hampton’s Magazine, authored books on healthy weight loss and became a well-known advocate for weight loss through healthy and accessible life-style choices.

I just ordered her first book, “Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting.” I’ve heard rave reviews but haven’t actually read it yet.  I will have to report back.

Ok, so I’m a Bethenny fan and I am totally following her on Twitter now.  Last night she tweeted, "Do you ever leave a fancy restaurant & just want fries? just wasn't satisfied."  And there was a picture of her at McDonald's eating french fries looking a little bombed.  Love it!

So, she may not be your cup o’ tea, and she is a reality star so I'm sure her fame won't last Ever After; but, for now, her show is one of the highest rated on Bravo so check it out. 

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