McSweeney was announced as New York City’s newest Housewife at BravoCon in November. She made her debut during the fan convention’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen taping, where host Andy Cohen asked for her impressions of her castmates.
“They’re all unique individuals, but they’re all very badass,” she said.
Of course, McSweeney knows something about being badass herself. The tattooed founder and CEO of streetwear-inspired fashion line Married to the Mob, McSweeney has had a long career as an entrepreneur and businesswoman, her take-no prisoners attitude helping her find success.
Added de Lesseps, in in a January interview on SiriusXM: “She’s gorgeous, she’s really beautiful. And what I like about her is she is somebody who is self-made and vulnerable at the same time. So I think people can relate to her.”
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As for Frankel, she’s doing quite fine away from the RHONY cameras.
The businesswoman is working on a few new entertainment projects, she told Variety in September, including two new “female-centric” programs with producer Mark Burnett and MGM television — one, a “soft-scripted” comedy series which she will produce and another, a competition series with a business twist in which she will star.
In addition to her other ventures — like Skinnygirl Jeans, Skinnygirl Supplements, her numerous investments and her many speaking opportunities — Frankel has remained busy with her philanthropic efforts. Her B Strong foundation, known for providing real time emergency assistance to people in crisis, recently turned its efforts to those affected by the deadly Australian wildfires.
Since then, she’s soaked up her time away from the spotlight.
“I feel calm, balanced and more connected to my daughter,” she told PEOPLE in December. “If you’re trying to cram so many things into your life, it’s not so calm and balanced if you have so many other things going on. So there’s a freedom now. I don’t want to be constantly white-knuckling and defining myself by how busy I am.”
“It’s nice to be missed,” she added. “But it’s nice to be living the life I’m living now, which is another chapter and really a safer space.”
The Real Housewives of New York City season 12 premieres Thursday, April 2 (at 9 p.m. ET/PT) on Bravo.