Who Are Bravo's Real D.C "Housewives"?
With every new exciting season of Bravo's "Real Housewives" series, we're introduced to a group of new, wild personalities, expansive bank accounts and explosive drama. Meet the DC Housewives here first, before they invade your television screens and gossip blogs...
Catherine Ashley Ommanney
Catherine Ashley Ommanney, also known as "Cat," is a 40-something self-proclaimed "no-nonsense" author and interior designer had an alleged rumored affair with Prince Harry in 2006, and two years later, in 2008, married, Charles Ommanney, a Newsweek photographer, and moved to the States. Sadly, the two have recently called it quits, although Bravo has not made any official comment regarding their separation. Catherine has two daughters, Jade and Ruby, from a previous marriage with her high school sweetheart, and has a book coming out this year titled, "Inbox Full," detailing her fast-paced London trysts when she was single. She owns three dogs. Her design company, Catherine Ashley Designs, no longer has a website. Catherine's official personal website is located at http://catherineommanney.com/
Mary Schmidt Amons
Mary Schmidt Amons, 43, is a Virginia-native, and resides in the affluent suburb of McLean, VA with her husband of 20+ years, Rich Amons. (Rich works for Telecom, the same company Mary's father worked for, and has appeared on The Washingtonian's Best Dressed List.) Her grandfather was Arthur Godfrey, a well-known radio and TV personality. Mary has been on-camera multiple times stating that she has spent summers during her childhood at the Kennedy residence, but she has failed to give any further details -- including naming the Kennedy she was apparently close with! They have five children, Lolly, Ryan, Alexandra, Megan and Matt, and Mary is founder of "Labels for Love," and helps to run "The District Sample Sale," both D.C.-based charities.
Michaele Salahi, 44, is the most well-known of the D.C. Housewives, thanks in part to her participation as one-half of the notorious duo that crashed President Obama's first State Dinner at the White House in 2009. (They couple swear that they were "invited.") Born in Oakton, VA, Michaele was a Nordstrom employee until she wed Tareq Salahi in 2003 in an ostentatious ceremony. Since then, the couple has been known for throwing "flamboyant" polo matches. You can view Michaele's website here: http://michaelesalahi.com/
Stacie Scott Turner
Stacie Scott Turner, 42, graduated from Howard University and received her MBA from Harvard. She is now a Virginia-based real estate agent with Long & Foster, and lives in a 16 Street Heights church-turned-mansion with her husband, Jason, who used to work for Adrien Fenty's administration and their two children. Stacie, an adopted child, has recently set up a new charity, Extra Ordinary Life, to assist young women in foster care. She was the first person in her family to attend college, and has since worked for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Sprint, and BET. She has also founded The Turner Group, a consulting agency for talented artists.
Lynda Erkiletian, 52, is best known for her creation of T.H.E. Artist Agency, an influential modeling agency based in Georgetown. She is a divorcee and has four children, Aaron, Jessica, Mihran, and Sam. Her boyfriend (who is "much younger") is named Ebong. Lynda was named as one of Washington's Best Dressed by the Washingtonian in 2009. Her Wikipedia entry on the D.C. Housewives page notes that she has "Southern roots," but fails to mention where, exactly, they come from. Her family moved freqneutly, due to her father's involvement with the U.S. Military, and was diagnosed with dyslexia late in high school. She used to sing back-up for Candi Staton (of "Young Hearts Run Free" fame), and there, she realized she was not prepared to make the personal sacrifices that entertaining required. Her website can be found at http://lyndaerkiletian.com/
The D.C. Housewives on Twitter
Only two of the D.C. Housewives have Twitter accounts so far -- and both accounts are unverified. This section will be updated as more Housewives sign up and start tweeting!