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Bravo has announced the cast of “Real Housewives of Washington D.C.” and there’s a total of one District resident in the bunch. Of the five cast members, Stacie Scott Turner is the only one who actually lives in the show’s title city. Michaele Salahi, Mary Schmidt Amons, and Lynda Erkiletian all live in Northern Virginia, and Catherine Ommanney lives in Maryland.
At first I felt indignant by D.C.’s lack of representation (a recurring problem, evidently), but then I reconsidered. The District should actually take it as a huge compliment that Bravo only deemed one D.C. resident vapid and fame whore-ish enough to be a Real Housewife.
Here’s a look at the cast:
Stacie Scott Turner Earned a Harvard MBA. Mother of two kids. Founder of the charity Extra-Ordinary Life, which provides support to teenage girls in foster care.
Michaele Salahi Sometimes publicity stunts pay off: You’ll remember Salahi as one of the White House gatecrashers, along with her husband Tareq. The couple also founded the dubious annual America’s Polo Cup event, which took place last weekend. They reportedly owe $500,000 to vendors over the course of the event’s four-year history.
Mary Schmidt Amons Founder of two fashion-oriented charities, Labels for Love and the District Sample Sale event. Mother of five. And none of this does-she-or-doesn’t-she stuff: She claims that Botox is now a medical necessity in addition to a beauty one after it cured her of migraines.
Lynda Erkiletian Founder of T.H.E. Artist Agency, a Georgetown-based modeling agency (no word on what T.H.E. actually stands for). Divorced mother of four. From the looks of her Bravo photo, a Botox/plastic surgery devotee herself.
Catherine Ommanney British expat and mother of two. Recently separated from her husband, following completion of Real Housewives filming. Reportedly shared a kiss with then 21-year-old Prince Harry back in London a few years ago and blabbed about it to tabloids. Classy.
“Real Housewives of D.C.” debuts Thursday, August 5. But if you want to watch a D.C.-based Bravo show without feeling like you have to take a shower afterward, “Top Chef D.C.” premieres tonight.
Photo: Jaime Windon