Dorinda Medley Never Wanted To Be A Real Housewife, But Here We Are

As Bravo historians know, RHONY began, at least in concept, as Moms of New York almost a dozen years ago. At the time, newly-divorced Medley and her young daughter, Hannah, were re-acclimating to life on Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side after living years abroad in London. Hannah attended prep school Sacred Heart with Avery Singer, daughter to one Ramona Singer. “We just became friends,” Medley tells Christene Barberich, Refinery29’s global editor-in-chief and cofounder. “She was stylish, she was quirky. She was exactly the way she is. She took me under her wing,” Medley says of Singer, one of the show’s original, and current, castmembers. (The former fashion designer, real estate agent and fitness instructor met another future housewife, Luann de Lesseps, on the dance floor at a bar mitzvah.)