Bethenny Frankel has come a long way since we first met her during Season 1 of Real Housewives of New York City. Sure, that same fiery spirit, quick wit, and sense of humor are still in tact, but her life has turned around completely. Bethenny even left Housewives for a little bit to have her own spin-off, Bethenny Ever After, and a talk show, Bethenny, before returning to the show that gave her the platform to do it all and launch her many businesses.
The mother of one has been through so much over the past few years that's hard to believe that her life wasn't always this hectic and busy. She is running an empire all while taking care of her daughter, Bryn, dealing with her fellow Real Housewives, and going through a divorce from ex Jason Hoppy. Needless to say, her plate is full — beyond full.
The Bethenny that we met during her first episode of RHONY is a far cry from the mogul we know today. It's crazy to think that she has achieved so much in a relatively short amount of time. Let's take a stroll down memory lane and see how Bethenny has changed since her first episode of Real Housewives of New York City.
1. She's A Mom Now
When we first met Bethenny she was all about being a puppy mommy to her beloved dog Cookie. Now she is a proud mom to her daughter Bryn.
2. She Went From Single To Married & Back To Single
During her first couple of seasons on RHONY, she was a once-married woman trying to navigate the New York City dating scene and seeing if she could really "have it all." She married Jason Hoppy in 2010, which did not end up working out, and now she's back to being single. But she has a lot more going on this time around.
3. She Was The Odd One Out & Now She's The Queen B
Bethenny did not exactly fit in when RHONY got started. She was the only one who was single without kids, plus she was a little bit younger than the rest of the cast. They all grew to love her and loathe her and love her again, but now she is definitely the most famous woman on the show. The advertising campaign for this past season centered around the tagline "The B is Back," and she was obviously in the middle of all the promotional photos.
4. She Went From Being A Natural Foods Chef To A Business Mogul
During Season 1 of RHONY, Bethenny was all about living a healthy lifestyle and promoting her cookies through the now defunct Bethenny Bakes. It didn't exactly take off. But now she sells just about everything from liquor to salad dressing to snacks and even blenders. She has her own empire.
5. She Became An Accomplished Author
On RHONY's first season, it was very clear that Bethenny was clever and had a way with words. So it makes sense for her to combine her wit and know-how to write some books. Bethenny has books full of dating advice, fitness tips, healthy recipes, and even children's stories.
6. She Went From Ordering Skinnygirl Margaritas To Selling Them
In the first couple seasons of Real Housewives of New York City, we saw Bethenny awkwardly attempting to order "skinny margaritas" at restaurants. The waiter would look at her with a puzzled look and she would explain exactly what she wanted. Now, she is selling the pre-made cocktail and laughing all the way to the bank.
Bethenny has accomplished quite a lot since we first "met" her during Season 1, but she hasn't let it go to her head. She's still the same hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is lady that we have loved from the very beginning.
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