I absolutely adore Sonja Morgan of The Real Housewives of New York City. And, for good reason. Honestly, I’d be content coming back in my next life as one of Sonja’s interns, just so I could have the opportunity to soak up some of her awesomeness. At 51 years old Sonja is the epitome of "age ain't nothing but a number." She has a better dating and social life than some of my twenty-something friends, that's for sure. I mean, how could you not be obsessed/secretly envious of that? The Real Housewife is the reason I started watching RHONY, and she’s the reason I continue to tune in year after year. Let's be real, Sonja Morgan is a true role model.
You've probably had a friend like Sonja in your life at some point; A little self-centered, eccentric, and completely hilarious, Sonja is the one you call to act as your wing woman, or to cry with after a bad breakup — and then hit the town with an hour later. She’s the friend you want in your corner, and the one who seems to know everything about the social scene. Don’t let Sonja’s perfect complexion and sinister smile fool you. Beneath the designer duds, laundry list of suitors, and youthful exterior, there’s another side to Sonja. She’s a quite an awesome force to be reckoned with — and it's super inspiring to watch.
1. She Genuinely Doesn’t Give A Crap
There are people who say
they don’t care what others think of them, and then there are people who say it
and mean it. Sonja falls into the
latter category. We’ve watched every New York City Housewife (and plenty of
fans) tell her to go in one direction, and she will go the total opposite way
if she believes in it badly enough. Frustrating? Sometimes. Admirable? Absolutely.
This woman can’t be shaken, and, while some may call it stubborn, I call it
2. She’s Got Style
3. She’s An Eternal Optimist
From a divorce, to a lawsuit, to plenty of failed business ventures, Sonja’s optimism never wavers. She has an amazing sense of faith and belief that everything is going to work out in the end. In a world where people are more pessimistic and stressed out than ever, Sonja’s optimism is a breath of fresh air and a reminder to let go of what we can’t control, and focus instead on the good things we have in life to be thankful for.
4. She Doesn’t Listen To The Haters
Every single cast member on season 7 of RHONY doubted that Sonja
Morgan’s clothing line could be a real thing — and to be honest, I was a bit
skeptical of it myself. But, of
course, in true Sonja fashion, she stood her ground and proved everyone wrong;
she now has an unbelievable womenswear
line that debuted at New York Fashion Week. While her designs may be a bit out
of my price range, a girl can dream right?
5. She Thinks Like A Businesswoman
After moving to New York City from Albany, Sonja worked as a hostess at San Pietro, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. Sonja saw this job as a golden opportunity to schmooze with the upper crust of New York City, and a businesswoman was born. Since then, Sonja graduated from FIT with a degree in marketing, and has been able to brand herself as a New York City personality (remember Sonja in the City?), lifestyle guru, fashionista, and philanthropist.
6. She’s Real
As a member of a cast that thrives on drama, Sonja is the first one to tell it like it is (Well, she & Bethenny Frankel). She’s candid,
outspoken, and honest, but also extremely compassionate, caring, and protective
of those closest to her. She works hard to shield
her daughter from the prying eyes of the cameras, and isn’t afraid to poke
fun at herself. She may be over-the-top at times, but at the end of the day,
she’s a woman who knows who she is and what she wants. And that is something to
be proud of, and an inspiration to women everywhere.
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