As Housewives fans get to know the new cast, many were quick to point out the curious narrative of one new wife, Mary Cosby, whose introduction included some head-scratching details about her marital status.
This “Pentecostal First Lady” noted she has a “penchant for God, couture and only the finest champagne” in her official bio by Bravo. Also noted in her bio is how she took over the religious family business by marrying “her late grandmother’s second husband, Robert Cosby Sr.” The bio went on to explain that the couple has been married for “20 years,” and they share a teenage son together.
In addition to Mary’s “unconventional past,” it’s noted that she’s “always dressed to the nines.” She’s seen in the trailer explaining how much she loves her high-end fashions.
“I love this jacket because it makes me happy … not because it’s Dolce & Gabanna!” she exclaimed.
Also joining the cast is marketing company and tequila brand-owner Lisa Barlow, who also lives somewhat unconventionally. She describes herself as “Mormon 2.0” as she doesn’t “adhere to all of the traditional strict Mormon rules.” Although that aspect of her life may be somewhat unconventional, her marriage follows a conventional path, with her husband John and their two children.
Lisa attended Brigham Young University with Heather Gay, who was “a devout Mormon from birth” and was “married to Mormon royalty for 11 years” until her divorce. Heather reportedly “distanced herself” from the church post-divorce, and she is a “self-proclaimed ‘good Mormon gone bad.'” The mother of three owns a Med-Spa business, Beauty Lab and Laser, where the women often congregate. Heather is noted to be embarking on “the next chapter of her life” in the series as she seeks to “fin[d] her voice” and “love again.”
Meredith Marks, who was noted to be “best friends” with Lisa “for years,” is a jewelry designer for celebrities with a store located on Main Street in Park City. The new reality star is unique in her Jewish background, and she has been “married for over 25 years” to her husband Seth. The show meets Meredith as she and Seth “have hit a rough patch,” dealing with being “empty nester[s]” as their children go off to college. Meredith is also described as “an ice queen with a knack for partying.” She is supposedly the center of many rumors that go down in the SLC as the season endures.
Whitney Rose also used to be Morman. Now, as a “descendant of ‘Mormon Royalty,'” she has been navigating life outside of the religion “for over a decade,” having left the church after falling in love and having an affair with her boss, Justin. The two apparently left their respective spouses, got married, and Whitney found out she was pregnant. The couple has been married for 10 years, and they have two children together. The skincare line owner, who is seen in the trailer saying what a “big deal” it is that she’s no longer Mormon, will also be seen caring for her dependent father and dealing with “scandalous rumors” that begin to swirl around her “progressive relationship.”
Finally, there’s Jen Shah, a Tongan and Hawaiian who grew up in Salt Lake City and often felt somewhat alien in her “traditionally white, Mormon world.” Jen apparently learned of the Mormon religion’s poor treatment of black people and converted from Mormonism to Islam. Jen is the CEO of three marketing companies and a mom of two with her husband, Sharrieff. She is described to be “always decked out in designer brands” and she loves to host parties. Jen is known to have “an extravagant personality and sharp tongue,” and she is quick to “fin[d] herself at the center of the drama.”
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season one premieres on November 11 at 9 p.m. on Bravo. The trailer is below!
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