After leveraging her stint on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart to land herself spot on The Real Housewives Of New York, she dabbled in several entrepreneurial pursuits (remember Bethenny Bakes? #Nostalgia) before establishing an entirely new alcohol category and selling off its masthead product for a reported $100 million. She’s doing, y’know, pretty fucking well for herself.
The silver-tongued mother has captured the admiration of the masses with her zero-fucks given attitude, self-made business prowess and straight-shooting approach. With America’s inclination to elect celebrities into office, getting a temperature test of her potential future in the political arena seemed like a sensible line of questioning to go down.
“So many people say that to me,” she told PEDESTRIAN.TV while in Sydney for the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City (on both Foxtel and hayu).
“I don’t do well colouring in the lines and I do like to be in my pyjamas a lot. I’m a homebody. I beat to my own drum… I don’t know.”
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m underqualified to be making assumptions on one’s potential to be a sexy political candidate in a country I’ve never stepped foot in, but the sentiment of defying the norm is something that could arguably bode well in a nation exhausted by spin. And hey, she most certainly didn’t rule it out as a possibility.
“It would depend upon the situation, it depends on the shape of the office and how free I could be and how rogue I can be.”
Given Frankel’s cemented her place as a New York City icon, those aforementioned people have suggested vying to become the city’s mayor. She believes that this is the road Cynthia Nixon should’ve gone, because from where Frankel’s sitting, Nixon’s got one hell of a fight in front of her.
The message and the symbol of what she’s doing is great and she’s a strong and intelligent woman… But Andrew Cuomo has the deepest ties in New York. Six ways to Sunday, he’s got political family and it’s going to be very difficult for her to touch that.
Does she have my vote? I have to think more about it. I actually really don’t know enough. I haven’t been focusing enough on it, so I can’t even answer that.
If Nixon manages to win, then she’ll set a precedent for future NYC icons (read: Frankel) to do so as well. And while the potential ramifications of someone dejected from the political arena entering into it in a big way could be cooked, I think we can all agree that season of RHONY would be Golden Globe-winning shit.
President Frankel or not, she’s still doing a bang-up job of spreading the reach of her empire. For those looking to do the same, she believes instinct is everything.
“Just go with your gut. I’ve always done that and I wouldn’t change a thing. I really wouldn’t.”
And for those who struggle to trust in their own gut or feel as though they don’t have one, her advice is to “find it”.
“It’s all you have. It’s your compass. You can’t go with anything else except your gut, especially in business.”
Once you’ve got that down, the sky’s the limit and you might just find yourself in the same position as her one day – waking up a sum of cash large enough to make you yell ‘I’M FUCKING RICH, ASSHOLES’ out of your apartment’s window.
Making my first boatload of money felt surreal – nothing really changes besides a number in your bank account. That’s different but you’re still the same person. It takes a while to get used to it and realise that it’s going to be okay.
You can afford taxis, dinners, vacations and not be stressed about it. Even though you still do, because you always think you’re going to go back to being broke.
Now two episodes deep, RHONY is shaping up to have its best season yet. Get around new eps on both Foxtel and hayu ASAP if you haven’t already.