How Sutton Stracke really was in front of real housewives

Sutton Stracke shows a new side of himself in the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The southern belle who relocated to southern California isn’t playing nice anymore.

A year after she shyly screwed up her eyes at West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico and burst into tears when she begged co-star Dorit Kemsley to “let go of the mouse” during an argument, Sutton is rather combative. She had several run-ins with co-star Crystal Kung Minkoff during her second season of the Bravo reality show, and even slipped into mean-girl mode when she called out the “RHOBH” newcomer about her “ugly leather pants.”

There’s no doubt that Sutton has changed a lot since he first joined the Real Housewives franchise two years ago as a “boyfriend” of the Beverly Hills Housewives. Now that she’s a full-fledged diamond wearer, Sutton told Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine that “being around a group of very strong-willed women” had to “lift her up somehow” while filming the show’s second season. “And that’s definitely how I learned to speak up,” she revealed. “Before, I think my politeness sometimes came into play. It was almost a defense mechanism for me.”

Before she became a real housewife, Sutton Stracke was a stay-at-home mom

Sutton Stracke was raised in Augusta, Georgia, but moved to New York City as a teenager to become a professional dancer, according to Entertainment Tonight. When that didn’t work out, she worked as a fundraiser for a dance studio. In 2000, she married PIMCO executive Thibeault “Christian” Stracke, moved to London and had three children with him, per Distractify. The couple divorced in 2016, and Sutton bought a retail space to start her own business, ET reported.

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“I’ve been a long-time stay-at-home mom and my daughter is a high school senior and I have two other boys and as I watched other moms who stayed home and their kids left I could feel their stress and what are you doing next?” Sutton revealed to ET. “And I was like, ‘That’s what I’ll do next.’

During her first season of filming Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she opened WeHo concept boutique Sutton. Fans saw the Bravo star’s grand opening in the newcomer, but in an interview she insisted her business wasn’t for “show.” In a May 2020 interview with Paper, Sutton said her deal was a long time in the works before “Real Housewives” called. She noted that she didn’t want to stock “department store brands, just smaller well-known designers,” but her “RHOBH” fame exploded interest in her boutique, and she eventually began looking for items that more people could afford .

Sutton Stracke was known as a party host and fashionista

Before she was a shopkeeper and a “real housewife,” a blurb in Haute Living described Sutton Stracke as “a Southern debutante turned LA girl who twirls in the highest social circles.” The outlet also named the mother-of-three one of the top 10 party hosts in Los Angeles. Two years later, she made The Salonniere’s coveted list of the top party hosts in the country, per HuffPost.

Sutton was also known as a major fashionista prior to her Housewives fame. Sutton told Los Angeles Magazine that she often attended couture shows in Paris and Italy with her celebrity friend Jennifer Tilly. Sutton is such a fashionista that she became personal friends with designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, having met them at a fashion show in Italy, per CheatSheet. Not only does she get a personal fitting with the famous fashion team, she also gets a special tiara from the designer duo every year for her birthday.

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Sutton’s love of designer clothes even helped earn her spot on The Real Housewives after dating franchise veteran Lisa Rinna for fashion.