The Real Housewives franchise has finally made its way to Dallas. Move over Sue Ellen, because these ladies are ready to shed the stereotypes and show the world the “new Dallas woman.”
The Real Housewives of Dallas cast kicked off their press tour in the Big D on Monday. The five ladies chatted with NBCDFW about what viewers can expect in this first season.
Cast member Tiffany Hendra explained why people may be a little surprised by what they see in the women — aside from the big hair, of course.
“We show the cosmopolitan flair. We show the new Dallas woman, not the Sue Ellens and women like that. We’re working moms, and career women and I’m very passionate about my career, so I think people will be pleasantly surprised. I mean, I do have big hair, but the typical stereotypes of Dallas and the Dallas woman will be broken.”
Cast member Cary Deuber, who moved to Dallas from the East Coast, recently told Fashion & Style she was surprised at how “cosmopolitan” life is in Dallas. While it is more “conservative” than where she came from, it’s not as “country” as she thought it would be.
“It is more conservative down here in the Bible belt. I thought it would be very different and country. It is much more cosmopolitan than I assumed. I like it! I think my personality might not be everyone’s cup of tea down here because I tell it how it is. I don’t sugarcoat things.”
In a Bravo video clip, the women of The Real Housewives of Dallas clue viewers in on a few other misconceptions about their great city. Believe it or not, it’s not all cowboy boots, country music, BBQ, and hanging at Billy Bob’s. The ladies describe Dallas as much more “highbrow” than that, saying it’s an elegant, artistic, commercial, melting-pot.
The Real Housewives of Dallas ladies are well aware that their new roles come with an open invitation to criticism and negativity. They say they are prepared, but if you have nothing but petty insults to throw their way, you can talk to the hand. According to LeeAnne Locken, the eldest of the group, they won’t be listening.
“If you want to leave a nasty comment about what we have on or what our hair looked like, ‘sorry people, we are not listening.'”
As with all Real Housewives ladies, there is sure to be plenty of drama amongst the Dallas costars. Thirty-five-year-old Stephanie Hollman says she is “the most non-confrontational of the group,” while LeeAnne Locken proudly claims her role as “the villain.”
Despite all the Texas-sized drama, the women say their very different personalities compliment each other in all the right ways, as cast member Stephanie Hollman elaborates.
“We’re all just so different. I feel like we really compliment each other on this show. All of us are extremely different women with different personalities.”
The reason these Dallas wives were motivated to do the reality TV series may surprise some. None of the ladies claim they did it to become famous — they each say they hope to use it as a platform for charity.
Stephanie Hollman explains the Real Housewives of Dallas cast members hope they can bring attention to some good causes along the way.
“I do feel like it’s a great opportunity to, you know, speak for great causes and it gives you a really good platform and hopefully we can use it for something good.”
With The Real Housewives of Dallas Season 1 completed, the ladies say they are definitely up for Season 2 if their debut is well-received.
Watch the Real Housewives of Dallas premiere on Monday, April 11 at 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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