June 15th, 2010
11:17 AM ET
Bravo has released the list of "Real Housewives" for the Washington, D.C. installment of the franchise, and surprise, surprise: Michaele Salahi is indeed one of them.
Michaele crashed a White House state dinner with her husband Tareq last November, and the couple's media rep confirmed in March that they had landed roles on the Bravo reality show.
Bravo declined to comment at the time, but on Tuesday, the network sent out a statement revealing the new cast, and it turns out that Salahi will be among the five "real housewives."All of the women are supposed to have connections to “D.C. power players” as well as having “their pulse on the most important cultural events, political galas, gallery openings, and fundraisers in Washington society," according to Bravo's statement.
In the statement, Michaele is described as a “northern Virginia native and model” who founded America’s Polo Cup with her husband, who serves as the U.S. team captain. The Polo Cup is how Michaele is said to have met a variety of international political leaders.
The other “Housewives” include Mary Schmidt Amons, granddaughter of radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey, mother of five and a D.C. philanthropist; Lynda Erkiletian, divorced mother of four and the owner of D.C. modeling agency T.H.E Artist Agency; Catherine Ommanney, the British wife of a White House photographer and mom of two; and Stacie Scott Turner, a philanthropist, political fund raiser, a Harvard grad and also a mom of two.
The media rep for the Salahis said in March that the couple had been auditioning for the series when they attended the state dinner without invitations. According to Bravo's statement, production for the show began "shortly after the historic election and inauguration."
"We wanted to dive into the Beltway subculture as it underwent a historic shift, one that previously has not been readily accessible or portrayed, and look at the political hierarchy and definitive social circles that make up D.C.'s unique society,” Andy Cohen, Senior Vice President for Original Programming and Development, Bravo, said in the statement. "We knew this was going to expose a different social narrative from any of our other 'Housewives' series – provocative and engaging in a whole new way.”
The show premieres Thursday, August 5 at 9 p.m.
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