‘Real Housewives Of New York’ Star Sonja Morgan Wants To Be The Next Bethenny Frankel

It is no secret that some of the cast members that appear on the Real Housewives franchise are just as successful in their personal lives as they are in reality TV. This includes Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump, who has been very successful in the restaurant business, and Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel, who is well known for her Skinnygirl alcohol products. With that in mind, it appears as though Sonja Morgan is attempting to follow in her RHONY co-star’s footsteps.

According to Christian Today, Morgan is partnering up with Peter Guimaraes and have announced plans to launch a new liquor line, Tipsy Girl. Morgan first came out with her business plan during her 52nd birthday celebration, where guests were given the opportunity to test Morgan’s new wine.

It has been reported that Bethenny Frankel sold her Skinnygirl cocktail brand for over $100 million. [Image via Bravo] It has been reported that Bethenny Frankel sold her Skinnygirl cocktail brand for over $100 million. [Image via Bravo]While the focus of the new wine should have been on its taste, many of the guests immediately noticed how similar Morgan’s brand name is to Frankel’s Skinnygirl product. “Skinny Girl, Tipsy Girl?” one source stated. “Sounds pretty similar! Is Bethenny going to take that?”

Although Frankel has not said anything on the matter, Guimaraes recently revealed that the brand has been taking heat over its choice of wording and not its similarities to Skinnygirl. In particular, many are criticizing the name for its attempts to glamorize alcoholism.

“We got some flack that the name’s ‘promoting drunkenness,’ ” he shared. “It’s not—it’s tipsy! You can be tipsy in love … tipsy in life.”

In addition to the prosecco, the new brand will also feature its own take on tequila, wine, and vodka, and will be released in several different locations, including Miami, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, aside from filming Season 8 of Real Housewives of New York, Frankel may have good reasons why she hasn’t responded to Morgan’s latest venture into the business world. In fact, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Frankel is busy launching a number of new series on FYI network.

It has already been announced that Frankel would be working on a new series with Leftfield Entertainment, titled Food Porn. However, Frankel’s deal with Leftfield Entertainment has now expanded, and the reality star is set to produce two more series, titled Cocktail Porn and Closet Porn.

Sonja Morgan's party girl ways have been well documented on the 'Real Housewives of New York.' [Image via Bravo] Sonja Morgan’s party girl ways have been well documented on the ‘Real Housewives of New York.’ [Image via Bravo]Frankel is partnering with Leftfield’s CEO Brent Montgomery and CCO Adam Sher in her newest projects. “I’m excited to be launching B Real Productions and producing creative and innovative content with Brent, Adam and the rest of the Leftfield team,” Frankel recently shared. “In addition to my time in front of the camera, I am enjoying being behind-the-scenes developing bold, disruptive and real programming.”

Although it is yet to be seen if Frankel’s venture into work behind the camera is fruitful, Montgomery had a few kind words to say about the reality star. “Bethenny’s super-human drive, innate sense of what can gain traction in the marketplace and in the media, and her amazing entrepreneurial spirit make her a true complement and fit for Leftfield,” he explained. “She’s a total original and we’re eager to join forces to launch into Bethenny’s ‘porn’-oriented food, fashion and lifestyle worlds, and beyond.”

As many will recall, Frankel gained notoriety as the runner up in The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. After starring in RHONY for a number of years, Frankel appeared in her own reality series, Bethenny Ever After. She has also penned five books that have gone on to become best sellers on the New York Times list.

Given all the different business arenas Frankel is working in, it will take a long time before Morgan catches up. That being said, perhaps her new Tipsy Girl line is just the start of a successful business opportunity for the reality star.

Tell us! Do you think that Sonja Morgan will be able to find as much success in the cocktail market as her Real Housewives of New York costar Bethenny Frankel? Let us know in the comments below.

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