And somehow became a multi-show franchise where everyone has big boobs, Botoxed faces, and is (usually) Hollywood beautiful.
As you can see from the woman on the left of the first picture and in the center of the second one, generally one or two housewives stay with the show forever. The other housewives come and go like there's a revolving door. When a new housewife comes in, they usually "pretend" she just happens to know one of the existing housewives, not that she was chosen from a very careful search-and-audition process.
As soon as a new housewife is added, we often see her going through this (if she hasn't already):
It's as if it's in the contract. "You agree to film for X months straight and get breast implants on camera." There's also tons of this:
Not only do the women look "perfect," they live "perfect lives," complete with ginormous houses...
And fancy cars.
All while not working.
Okay, Miss Piggy up there is a workaholic. The rest design crap that they sell based solely on their Real Housewives fan base.
So that means if you want to be a "real" housewife, your husband will have to work extra hard. Or go into debt and end up in jail for not paying taxes.
Either way, you'll only get (and stay) on the show if you pretend you have the money to afford the house you live in. Just ask this couple. He faked it until he made it...only instead of making it, his kids were served an eviction notice on air. Their time on the show ended a couple of episodes later.
This husband committed suicide, reportedly due to the pressure (financial and otherwise) the show put on him.
So the question isn't so much HOW to become a Real Housewife as "Why would you want to?" Seems people are willing to pay any price for fame, but the price here may be way too much.
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