Who is RHONY newcomer Jessel Taank?

The brand new cast of women for the revamped version of Real Housewives of New York absolutely got the Bravo sphere spinning.

Andy Cohen shocked audiences back in March when he announced that the women of New York City would be split into two separate shows, according to People. First, the already existing cast of “RHONY” would be booted from the show and replaced entirely with all first-time housewives. Then the legendary ladies from the previous cast would be selected to appear in the new show, Real Housewives of New York: Legacy. In October 2022, Cohen told Page Six that he wanted the revamped “RHONY” cast to be “representative of the city” and “[expand] beyond the Upper East Side.”

Days later, Bravo revealed the debut cast of the rebooted “RHONY” consisting of Ubah Hassan, Erin Lichy, Jenna Lyons, Lizzy Savetsky, Sai De Silva, Jessel Taank and Brynn Whitfield. With that announcement came confirmation that Taank will be the first-ever Indian woman in the Housewives franchise! Here’s more about Taank and her family.

Jessel Taank is an extraordinary publicist

When the new cast of Real Housewives of New York was unveiled, Jessel Taank expressed pride in the representation she brings to the Housewives series. “The revolution will be televised!!” she wrote on her Instagram. “It’s an honor to be the FIRST Indian to be cast in this franchise. LFG!!!”

As retold on Taank’s website, she was originally born in London, England, but moved to New York City as an adult “to chase the American dream.” Unlike the well-known celebrities who are often cast on the Housewives shows, Taank was relatively unknown before joining RHONY. While unrecognizable to the average Bravo viewer, Taank has certainly made a name for herself in the public relations world.

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According to her LinkedIn, after attending King’s College London, she worked in PR for fashion brands including Michael Kors and Karla Otto. Taank climbed the ladder in the communications world, eventually serving as a founding leader of fashion and beauty PR firm The Right Now. In July 2022, the new housewife started her own PR agency called The Know.

For Jessel Taank, family comes first

“The Real Housewives of New York City” is notorious for casting women who are neither mothers nor wives (including “RHONY” OG Bethenny Frankel when she was cast in Season 1). But that’s definitely not the case when it comes to New York housewife Jessel Taank.

According to her website, Taank and her husband — financier and businessman Pavit Randhawa — met in NYC but were just friends for years before finally deciding to start dating. The two wed in a beautiful ceremony in Mexico in 2014 and celebrated their “happy” eight-year wedding anniversary in 2022. Randhawa is currently President of Phone Daddy, a company that sells new and used cell phones on LinkedIn.

Perhaps the most adorable new additions to the “RHONY” cast, Taank and Randhawa welcomed a group of twins named Kai and Rio on May 12, 2021. Their mom is a PR pro, so of course the two youngins have their own Instagrams. “We’re working 24/7 at LA’s hottest new club and bottle service has taken on a whole new meaning,” Taank wrote after the twins were born. “But we didn’t want it any other way.”