Aviva Drescher is coming out swinging on the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New York. The cast newbie is not mincing words or trying to play nice She succinctly calls Pinot Singer “white trash” in one clip of the series. Aviva is much more than a housewife – the former lawyer is now a philanthropist and mother of four. And she also has a prosthetic leg.
Speaking to the NY Post, Aviva describes meeting her current husband Reed and combining their families Brady Bunch style. They met in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond after painful divorces. “The kids started playing with each other, and he said, ‘It’s tough being a single dad,’ ” Aviva recalls. “Let’s say we took the ‘beyond’ to another level.” Aviva and Reed now have added two more children to their brood.
Aviva reveals that she lost her leg in a farming accident when she was a child, which has taught her to be tough and straight forward. Aviva also shares that she has two different artificial legs – one for heels and one for flats! Ok, that’s kind of awesome.
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So why has Aviva, a seemingly classy intelligent woman getting mixed up with the RHONY lot? “If I can take the silliness of the show and use it to get a message out to other amputees particularly young girls — yup, I’ll take it,” she contends. “I hope to bring some dignity to it. There may be teenagers missing limbs or who have other physical limitations and see this silly blonde on TV and then realize, ‘Wait, that woman’s an amputee with a family. She’s a lawyer. I can do that.’ When I was that age, I didn’t think I could ever get married.”
But deciding to join the cast was not a decision she came to lightly. That’s what they all say! “I was embarrassed by my castmates [from earlier seasons]. Very embarrassed. They have been social climbers. I was born and bred here,” Aviva snipes. “I don’t think my predecessors have done a good job of representing Upper East Side moms. I weighed it all very, very carefully.”
“Last week, I told my 10-year-old son: ‘A lot of people don’t like this show. It’s very possible your friends will make fun of you, but I want people to understand people who have a ‘special leg.’ That’s what we call it,” Aviva reveals. And what did her son say? “Screw ’em.” Alright then!
Moving on, a sneak peak of the new RHONY intro has been leaked into the wilds of the interwebs. Oh, the intro lines are my faves!
Real Housewives of New York premieres June 4th at 9/10c on Bravo.