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Meet Jennifer Aydin — She's Not Your Typical 'RHONJ' Housewife

By Amber Garrett

The Season 9 premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is bringing some new blood to the group and she’s definitely not our typical wife from the Jerz, though she does have a big, colorful family with five children ages 5 to 13. To help you get to know the new cast member before she makes her Bravo debut, we’ve gathered up every bit of information there is to know about Jennifer Aydin.

Though her husband is a successful plastic surgeon, she’s more than a homemaker.

Though she’s focused on raising their children together for the past few years, the 41-year-old’s  youngest, Olivia, is about to enter kindergarten, which means it’s time to restart her career. Before settling down with  Dr. N. Bill Aydin, who runs a successful plastic surgery practice in Paramus. Though they call New Jersey home now, the Aydins both hail from New York (Jennifer grew up on Long Island and Bill in Flushing, Queens). 

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Both come from traditional Turkish backgrounds, though the 41-year-old’s ethnicity is a bit more complicated than that. "I'm what's called Aramaean or some people like to say Assyrian," she explains, Historically, this Semitic culture populated an area stretching from modern-day Syria to Turkey. However, Jennifer concedes, "It's a lot easier for me to just say I'm Turkish." Fair enough!

Jennifer sums herself up with the tagline, “I’m obsessed with family, traditions, and Chanel.” However, despite being a traditional girl in many respects,  she did break with one family custom: arranged marriages. In fact, she was in the midst of getting engaged to a man her parents had chosen for her when she met Bill and, well, obviously her plans changed. Despite this deviation from norms, Jennifer still sees herself as very traditionally Turkish, so her first date with Bill was chaperoned and she saved herself for her wedding night, much to the other Housewives’ incredulity.