30 Real Housewives in Their First Episodes vs. Now

Take a look at how far Bravo's Real Housewives have come since they made their TV debuts.

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Since The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006, Bravo's Real Housewives franchise has become the stuff of reality TV legend, and a veritable cultural institution. New cities have debuted, the women have cycled in and out of their series, and audiences have stayed hooked along the way. For a look at how far these ladies have come, we're showing you what 30 Real Housewives looked like in their first episodes as full-time or featured cast members, and what they look like now. And for more reality icons, check out our list of The 30 Most Successful Reality TV Personalities of the Last 30 Years.

Bethenny Frankel (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New York City Season 1, Episode 1, "Meet the Wives" (March 4, 2008)

Bethenny Frankel (Now)

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At the Walt Disney Television Emmy Party in 2019.

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NeNe Leakes (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1, Episode 1, "Welcome One, Welcome ATL" (Oct. 7, 2008)

NeNe Leakes (Now)

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Arriving at Strahan, Sara and Keke in 2019.

Lisa Vanderpump (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 1, Episode 1, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness" (Oct. 14, 2010)

Lisa Vanderpump (Now)

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At the American Rescue Dog Show at the Fairplex in 2019.

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Teresa Giudice (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New Jersey, Season 1, Episode 1, "Thicker Than Water" (May 12, 2009)

Teresa Giudice (Now)

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At Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in 2019.

Vicki Gunvalson (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Orange County Season 1, Episode 1, "Meet the Wives" (March 21, 2006)

Vicki Gunvalson (Now)

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Arriving at Bravo Con in 2019.

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Gizelle Bryant (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Potomac Season 1, Episode 1, "Mind Your Manners" (Jan. 17, 2016)

Gizelle Bryant (Now)

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At the 15th Annual African American Literary Awards in 2019.

Sonja Morgan (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New York City Season 3, Episode 7, "New Girl, Old Money" (April 15, 2010)

Sonja Morgan (Now)

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At a screening of Impractical Jokers: The Movie in 2020.

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Kenya Moore (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5, Episode 1, "Got Sexy Back" (Nov. 4, 2012)

Kenya Moore (Now)

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Arriving at BuzzFeed in 2019.

Luann de Lesseps (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New York City Season 1, Episode 1, "Meet the Wives" (March 4, 2008)

Luann de Lesseps (Now)

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At the Food Bank for New York City Can-Do Awards in 2019.

Kyle Richards (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 1, Episode 1, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness" (Oct. 14, 2010)

Kyle Richards (Now)

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At KIIS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in 2019.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1, Episode 1, "Welcome One, Welcome ATL" (Oct. 7, 2008)

Kim Zolciak-Biermann (Now)

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Arriving at Watch What Happens Live in 2018.

Melissa Gorga (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3, Episode 1, "In the Name of the Father" (May 16, 2011)

Melissa Gorga (Now)

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At a screening of Hellboy in 2019.

Ramona Singer (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New York City Season 1, Episode 1, "Meet the Wives" (March 4, 2008)

Ramona Singer (Now)

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At the premiere of Crown Vic in 2019.

Kandi Burruss (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 2, Episode 1, "New Attitude, Same ATL" (July 30, 2009)

Kandi Burruss (Now)

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At the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards in 2019.

Adrienne Maloof (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 1, Episode 1, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness" (Oct. 14, 2010)

Adrienne Maloof (Now)

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At the Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular in 2019.

Porsha Williams (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5, Episode 3, "Call Me Miss U.S.A." (Nov. 18, 2012)

Porsha Williams (Now)

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Arriving at Good Day New York in 2019.

Tamra Judge (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Orange County Season 3, Episode 1, "Behind the Orange Curtain" (Nov. 6, 2007)

Tamra Judge (Now)

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Arriving at Jerry O' in 2019.

Danielle Staub (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New Jersey, Season 1, Episode 1, "Thicker Than Water" (May 12, 2009)

Danielle Staub (Now)

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At WEtv Launches Bridezillas Museum Of Natural Hysteria in 2018.

Karen Huger (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Potomac Season 1, Episode 1, "Mind Your Manners" (Jan. 17, 2016)

Karen Huger (Now)

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At the launch of Urban Skin Rx at Target in 2018.

Brandi Glanville (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2, Episode 4, "Gossip Girls" (Sept. 26, 2011)

Brandi Glanville (Now)

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At WEtv's "Real Love: Relationship Reality" in 2018.

Ashley Darby (First Episode)

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Real Housewives of Potomac Season 1, Episode 2, "Divas, Queens, and Bubalas" (Jan. 24, 2016)

Ashley Darby (Now)

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Arriving at Bravo Con in 2019.

Shannon Beador (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Orange County Season 9, Episode 1, "Hawaii 5 Uh-Oh" (April 14, 2014)

Shannon Beador (Now)

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Arriving at Good Day New York in 2019.

Cynthia Bailey (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 3, Episode 2, "Model Behavior" (Oct. 11, 2010)

Cynthia Bailey (Now)

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At WEtv's fashion event celebrating Bridezillas in 2019.

Camille Grammer (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 1, Episode 1, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness" (Oct. 14, 2010)

Camille Grammer (Now)

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At the 26th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala in 2019.

Dorinda Medley (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of New York City Season 7, Episode 1, "The B Is Back" (April 7, 2015)

Dorinda Medley (Now)

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At the Woman's Day Celebrates 17th Annual Red Dress Awards in 2020.

Yolanda Hadid (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 3, Episode 1, "Down and Left Out in Beverly Hills" (Nov. 5, 2012)

Yolanda Hadid (Now)

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At the Burberry LFW AW20 show in 2020.

Gretchen Rossi (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Orange County Season 4, Episode 1, "Are They for Real?" (Nov. 25, 2008)

Gretchen Rossi (Now)

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At Victoria Siegel Foundation and Greenspoon Marder Present Victoria's Voice: An Evening To Save Lives in 2019.

Kim Richards (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 1, Episode 1, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness" (Oct. 14, 2010)

Kim Richards (Now)

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At Star Magazine's Hollywood Rocks in 2017.

Sheree Whitfield (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1, Episode 1, "Welcome One, Welcome ATL" (Oct. 7, 2008)

Sheree Whitfield (Now)

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At the Maxim Big Game Experience in 2019.

Jeana Keough (First Episode)

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Bravo

Real Housewives of Orange County Season 1, Episode 1, "Meet the Wives" (March 21, 2006)

Jeana Keough (Now)

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At the Real Housewives of Orange County premiere in 2016.

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