Who is RHONY newcomer Jenna Lyons?

Bravo fans have plenty of shows to keep them occupied, but one show that was missing from the lineup is Real Housewives of New York. Despite heated arguments about race and politics between the show’s first black cast member, Eboni K Williams, and its all-white cast, “RHONY” didn’t get a reunion in season 13, in part due to low ratings. However, Bravo’s investigation into Ramona Singer’s allegedly racially charged comments about Williams also contributed to scheduling conflicts that made a reunion unfeasible.

“RHONY’s” canceled reunion has left the future of the show in the air. However, Bravo producer Andy Cohen previously told Variety that there will be two new iterations of the show — a legacy show with veteran cast members and a whole new cast of previously unknown faces who will take on the mantle of the “Real Housewives of New York.” . Cohen revealed the identities of the newest faces of “RHONY” who will populate the revival during Bravo Con 2022.

According to Deadline, new cast members include Ubah Hassan, Lizzy Savetsky, Jessel Tank, Brynn Whitfield, Sai de Silva and Jenna Lyons. And while all women will surely bring something unique to the show, Lyon’s fashion past definitely deserves to be talked about.

Jenna Lyons is a boss in the fashion world

If the producers of Bravo were hoping to cast someone who embraced the fashion New York is known for, then Jenna Lyons was an excellent choice. Lyons enjoyed a 26-year career at fashion brand J.Crew, where she rose through the ranks to become the brand’s President and Creative Director. Lyon’s tenure at J. Crew began at age 21 in 1990, according to The New Yorker. Her role at the company spanned most of Barack Obama’s two terms as President and benefited from Michelle Obama’s love of the brand.

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In 2021, ABC’s Lyons gushed about Ms. Obama’s support of J.Crew, calling it “the most incredible gift that keeps on giving.” She also shared that Mrs. Obama gave the brand more visibility and even prompted someone to try hiring her for her Oscar look. Unfortunately, J. Crew’s boom didn’t last forever. And after two consecutive years of declining sales in 2015 and 2016, Lyons parted ways with the company, according to Page Six. Per the New York Post, Lyon’s focus on building a personal brand, which has included appearing in three episodes of HBO’s “Girls” and a cameo in a Jay-Z video, contributed to her firing.

Unfortunately, Lyon struggled to adapt. “The first year I was so depressed,” Lyons shared with The New Yorker. “I realized that everything I did, everything I knew, everything I was invited to do — was not for my sake. It was because of my job and my title.”

Jenna Lyons has previously done reality TV

Getting into a Housewives franchise takes tough skin. It’s not just because they go toe-to-toe with their fellow cast members. They also have to contend with the hot takes and opinions of Bravo’s very dedicated, outspoken fanbase. During a profile with Marie Claire in 2021, former “Real Housewives of New York” cast member Bethenny Frankel shared that she was actually warned not to appear on the show before joining. And while Lyons is new to the Housewives franchise, she’s at least dipped her foot into the reality TV world. Of course, the project was all about fashion.

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In 2020, “Stylish with Jenna Lyons” premiered on HBO Max. The reality show followed Lyons as she put a group of young fashion hopefuls through a “series of tests and hands-on challenges” (via IMDb). There’s currently no concrete news on a possible second season, but with Lyons set to direct The Real Housewives of New York soon, that probably isn’t high on her priority list. Then again, that might be for the best, as Lyons previously joked about the difficulties she faced filming the show. “I had a total meltdown on my first day of shooting,” she shared with E! News.

Hopefully Lyon will have an easier time filming “RHONY,” although if history is any indication, it’s going to be a wild ride.