Usually I don’t watch The Real Housewives reality shows because I find them to be incredibly fake but being that I’m from British Columbia I wanted to see who television producers cast to represent the beautiful city of Vancouver. I myself don’t live in Vancouver because although it’s gorgeous the cost of living is too expensive for my blood. I actually live in a small town called Agassiz which is about one hour and 30 minutes from Vancouver. I still have the option to visit and enjoy the beauty and the shopping but I don’t have to live in the chaos. I was not surprised at who they chose and I resent the title Real Housewives Of Vancouver. First of all these women are anything but real. They use botox and get plastic surgery and dye their hair. That’s not real. Secondly most of them aren’t housewives. They have nannies who raise their children and most don’t cook their own meals. One woman is twice divorced and very wealthy, has no children and is definitely not a housewife. The majority of the housewives I know cook their own meals, some work and raise a family, they take care of their husbands and drive a minivan. They also have what’s called a budget. I guess that wouldn’t make for great reality TV and everyone loves drama. Here are the faces of The Real Housewives Of Vancouver.
“I live life in a fast lane, catch me if you can.”
Reiko Mackenzie is a Japanese-Canadian bombshell and seems to live life to the fullest. She enjoys mixed martial arts and has a huge garage full of an impressive collection of exotic sports cars. Originally she had dreams of becoming a lawyer having earned her degree at the University Of British Columbia but after having her daughter she decided on staying at home to be a mother and from the looks of the lavish lifestyle she leads she is one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have to bust her butt to make a second income to support her family. Her husband is a soft spoken venture capitalist and her mother lives with them as well. She seems like she can hold her own and what I wouldn’t give to have just one of her cars instead of the beat up mini van we drive around. All things considered she seems like one of the few that has her head on straight.
“I traded being a singer for being a mom, but now I’m ready to step back into the spotlight”
Prior to being a mom Mary Zilba had a successful career as a singer with many of her songs appearing on the top 40 chart although to be honest this is the first I’ve heard of her. She spends most of her time raising her 3 teenage boys ages 16, 15 and 13 but hopes to get back into the spotlight and perhaps this show is the way to do it. She lives in a luxurious waterfront penthouse and has recently got back into the dating scene but seems to pick the wrong men. Mary appears to be the meek one of the group. She hates confrontation and seems to care way too much about what people think of her. In the season premiere the ladies all went for a just girls vacation to Whistler and insults were being thrown at her left and right and she seemed to just sit there and take it. I actually felt a bit sorry for her. I wanted to scream at the television stand up for yourself!! Even her very best friend didn’t seem to have her back and just sat there smiling while one lady in particular bullied her and tried to pick a fight. I guess if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Mary Zilba was crowned Miss Ohio and was a contestant in the Miss America pageant and also volunteers her time for a number of charities. With a good head on her shoulders and the biggest heart of the bunch I fear she’ll get eaten up and spit out by the rest of the group.
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“Every Queen needs an empire and I built mine from scratch”
Jody is a very successful clothing store owner and a self-made business woman. She is a tough, no nonsense mother with a big personality and is brutally honest with whoever she meets. I find her to be one of the more annoying women of the bunch. She is constantly dressing over the top with gaudy jewelry and loud clothes and if the spotlight isn’t on her then it’s time for her to leave the room. Immediately on the first episode she causes waves in an all girls vacation to Whistler. She bullies Mary and throws insults at her left and right and ruffled a lot of feathers in the short time they were there. She feels she’s telling it like it is but I think there’s a way to get your point across without hurting peoples feelings. Although I find her personality to be too over the top I will give her lots of credit for what she’s done with her career. Jody was a single mother struggling to make ends meet and started her own catering company with only $800 to her name. She started off baking muffins and bake them she did. She made muffins morning, noon, and night and went from making $300 per day to making $50,000 per day. That is inspiration in what is a tough economy. She feels anyone can make something of themselves if they put in the time, effort, heart and soul and I believe she’s right.
“Vancouver is a goldmine and I love to go digging.”
Christina Kiesel looks at life with a very carefree attitude and lives a life of leisure having traveled to 30 countries in the last 4 years alone with her home base being Vancouver. She is twice divorced and left very well provided for and many of the girls turn their noses at the fact that she doesn’t have to work and seems to have no problem finding new men or “sugar daddies” as some might call them. Although I honestly do like her personality, the fact that she doesn’t let anybody put her down and she seems like a genuinely nice and caring person I’m not sure why they cast her on the show. She’s not a housewife!! Then again none of the others seem to really be true housewives either. Christina mainly spends her days with an outspoken and successful hairdresser named Kevin Chase and finds girls to be competitive and backstabbing so she chooses to have very few girlfriends. I think Christina has already seemed to spice things up on the show and seems to be causing a lot of jealousy. Many of the girls refer to her as a goldigger so I’m betting on lots of drama where she’s concerned because this is one woman who doesn’t back down and has no problem standing up for herself. She let fans know in her first Real Housewives blog, that she will NOT be returning for the second season if renewed because, there is nothing left for her ‘character’ to tell but we’ll have to see if she changes her mind.
Ronnie Seterdahl Negus
“At this stage in my life, I can afford to say it like it is and look good doing it.”
She owns four houses side-by-side in a prestigious waterfront gated area in Vancouver. Her luxuries include a private jet, a yacht and a Napa Valley vineyard among other things. Ronnie has been happily married to her husband for 10 years and has 4 children as well as a step-daughter that range in age from 5-23 and she volunteers for many charities. She is Marys best friend on Real Housewives of Vancouver but I have a strong feeling their friendship is about to unravel. A best friend in my eyes always has your back and when her friend Mary was being insulted and bullied on an all girls vacation by Jody, Ronnie sat there and smiled. I don’t think Mary appreciated not having her friend in her corner when push comes to shove but I guess we’ll have to see how that all plays out. Hopefully the next time her friend is being picked on she’ll stand up for her.
Do you think the producers got it right? Do you think these are the right women to be representing Vancouver? Please feel free to comment below and if you want to tune in to Real Housewives of Vancouver it airs on Wednesday nights at 10 pm ET/PT on Slice.