Sonja Morgan Is Not the Only 'Real Housewife' With a Side Hustle
'Real Housewives of New York' Sonja Morgan launches ballet flat brand, plus more 'Housewives' products -- details
Housewife hustle! If there is one Real Housewife star who has pushed the envelope with lifestyle brands, it’s Sonja Morgan. This New York reality star has plastered her name on everything — from clothes and appliances to alcohol and apps. Her latest venture comes in the form of a brand partnership with NYC-based shoe company French Sole.
French Sole by Sonja Morgan ballet flats will be online and in stores in fall '18. Mark your calendars, and hopefully these comfy-looking loafers won’t ghost on us like the toaster oven that never was.
Being a reality TV star doesn’t just mean one settles for gossip and catfights. No, these Real Housewives are looking to build off of their television show success and create an empire.
However, some (well-thought-out?) ideas have been better than others. Here is a list of our favorite (though not always successful) Real Housewives products:
Sonja Morgan's Toaster Oven
As we previously mentioned, Sonja has always been a very ambitious Housewife; but fans have seen on the show that her product ideas don't always hit the shelves. Case in point: the toaster oven she worked on with Heather Thomson. According to a 2016 interview with Forbes, Sonja had a prototype in the works, but at least for now, it seems the toaster oven idea has been shelved.
Meghan King Edmonds' #Hashtag Hats
Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds combined her Midwestern roots with the social media finesse of Orange County, California, in the form of trucker hats. Partnering with Mothertrucker & Co, Meghan started #Hashtag Hats, which are specifically designed for women. Now, you can wear your favorite Instagram-worthy hashtags on your head. #HousewifeHustle.
Kim Zolciak-Biermann's Kashmere Kollections Skincare
The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star is known for being a frequent visitor of a well-known plastic surgery office. (Hello, have you seen her Instagram?) Therefore, it is no surprise to her fans, and us, that Kim launched a luxury skincare collection in 2016.
Kandi Burruss' Bedroom Kandi
Ooo la la! This Atlanta Housewife is making her money off of other people’s pleasure. Kandi launched a wide range of sex toys … enough said.
Teresa Giudice's Fabellini Prosecco
Forget about Fabellini? We did too! Like many RH’s, Teresa Giudice tried her hand at the liquor business. Unfortunately, her flavored prosecco bottles never took off. And, as Andy Cohen said in a 2017 interview with editorial director, Jess Cagle: “Somewhere, there is a warehouse full of vats of Fabellini.” Luckily, Teresa is also a New York Times bestselling author.
Melissa Gorga's Boutique Envy by Melissa Gorga
The Real Housewives are known for their luxury style, so it’s no surprise that many of these stars launch their own fashion line. Envy by Melissa Gorga is a clothing boutique in Montclair, New Jersey. However, it is not without scandal. Selling counterfeit Chanel items, and a $30-million lawsuit with ex-business partner Jackie Beard Robinson, were just a few shocking headlines to hit this Jersey Housewife’s boutique.
NeNe Leakes' Swagg Boutique
Continuing with our RH’s note on fashion, NeNe Leakes launched a luxury women’s clothing boutique. This came after the success of her clothing partnership with HSN. Looks like she upgraded!
Cynthia Bailey's Eyewear
Atlanta strikes again! Former fashion model Cynthia Bailey launched CBE in an effort to combine style with affordability — and we think she definitely hit the mark. Her line of glasses come in different shapes and sizes, but luckily won’t break the bank.
Lisa Rinna's QVC Clothing Line
Lisa Rinna clearly knows her target audience, as the Beverly Hills Housewife has made a nice mint from her self-titled QVC clothing line, the Lisa Rinna Collection. The cozy, California-chic collection has kept Lisa at the top of QVC's (and our) list.
Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Empire
It’s only fitting that we end our list with alcohol, in true Housewife fashion. Bethenny Frankel has been dubbed our queen of Housewife hustlers. This NYC-native first launched a cocktail empire that has since expanded to include jeans, shapewear, candy, and food items.