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How Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel Built a Health and Beauty Empire

Bethenny Frankel may have been first known as one of the original five ‘housewives’ on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of New York City, but she has since transformed herself into a household name with her fame as a best-selling author, entrepreneur and natural foods chef.

The overarching brand name of the star’s health and beauty empire is Skinnygirl, which started in 2011 as a slimmed-down cocktail line that has since grown into an entire offering of daily vitamins, health food products, a skincare line, and even fashion items such as her Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers.

But besides her line of beauty products and healthy cocktails, some of Frankel’s other best-selling products include her books Skinnygirl Dish, Naturally Thin, and Skinnygirl Rules, as well as her fitness DVDs Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Workout and Body By Bethenny.

The star also has a deep love for food, which was fanned into flame at the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute, where upon graduating from she started a natural foods bakery and delivery service called BethennyBakes.

Frankel is also a well-known reality TV star and has not only appeared as a real housewife, but also as one of 16 contestants on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, where she was one of two finalists. Frankel’s engagement and marriage to husband Jason Hoppy, as well as the birth of her daughter Bryn, were also made public with her Bravo reality TV show Bethenny Getting Married? And the popular follow-up series, Bethenny Ever After, documented the star’s first year of marriage and motherhood.

It’s also no secret that Frankel is known for spouting off on any topic she’s passionate about, and has often opened up about her views on health, diet and her post-baby body. In a revealing interview with Health Magazine, Frankel admitted she was just three pounds heavier than she was pre-baby, only four months after her daughter was born. The star said the reason weight wasn’t much of an issue for her was that she was healthy both pre-pregnancy and while carrying her daughter. But when it came down to it, her image didn’t really matter when compared to the joys of motherhood.

“I don’t look the same in a bikini as I used to, but…I think it’s very selfish to be obsessing about your body when you have a new baby.”

As for fad dieting, Frankel is strongly opposed and is especially disturbed by the low-carb diet, believing it’s one of the most absurd fads ever. “The only reasons it works is that you’re eliminating 75 percent of what’s going on in your diet. Any diet that says watermelon is bad and a protein bar made with 500 ingredients you can’t pronounce is good is idiotic. I can’t believe so many people bought into it.”

Despite what some may think of Frankel’s view on health based on her rail-thin figure, the star is quite opposed to crash diets and intense cleanses, and believes instead in the value of staying active, well hydrated, and eating a balanced diet that keeps her well-nourished. To stay healthy herself, Frankel swears by the power of her vitamin and healthy foods line, and also loves to practice yoga.

The longtime New Yorker is currently rumored to be moving to the West Coast to take on a new project: her own talk show named simply, Bethenny. For those hoping to follow the adventures and happenings of the famed ‘Skinny Girl,’ the show will premiere June 1.

Also Read:

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Best Celebrity Bodies of the Year 

photos via US Magazine

 

May 29th, 2012

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