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The Real Housewives of New York City: The Newest Cast Member is Revealed

December 24, 2010 07:00 AM by Shayla Perry


Bravo has finally announced the name of the Housewife that will be replacing Bethenny Frankel when The Real Housewives of New York City return for their fourth season in February. Who is it?

Now that Bethenny Frankel is officially off the show and doing her own thing, Bravo has brought in her replacement–another single brunette who runs her own business empire. What a stretch!

The newest Housewife in the Big Apple is self-proclaimed “Wax Queen,” Cindy Barshop [pictured above at far left], a native Long Islander and single mom of two girls, Zoe and Jesse, who were born in 2009. Barshop is the owner of the Completely Bare salon chain which she started in 1998, and now has three spas in Manhattan, and others in Palm Beach and Scarsdale. Completely Bare specializes in waxing and laser hair removal, and apparently, Jersey Shore cast members Pauly D and The Situation are frequent customers.

Not many more details were given on Cindy Barshop, but according to Bravo execs, she has an “organic connection to the cast,” and she’s already friends with Ramona Singer, and “has connections” to Kelly Bensimon.

Those “connections” have us thinking that we could expect some trouble between Cindy and Kelly, and that she’ll probably be picking up right where Bethenny left off, but at least we won’t have to go through the endless “cook vs. chef” debates anymore. Surely the world of waxing and hair removal is less complicated for Kelly. But who knows…

Bravo also hints that Barshop may be a bit controversial, especially for Countess LuAnn and Alex McCord, and that she “has made some really bold, daring lifestyle choices.”

Bravo’s programming VP, Christian Barcellos told the New York Post, “I think [her lifestyle decisions] are really cool and laudable and hopefully will invite watercooler conversations.

“She’s done some unorthodox things, and she owns it. She’s completely happy with her [lifestyle] decision and considered it greatly.”

Barcellos didn’t want to give anything else away about Cindy Barshop and her “lifestyle decision,” but we’re sure they’ll make for some interesting TV.

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