23 ‘Real Housewives’ Business That Were Both Successes and Failures (PHOTOS)

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23 ‘Real Housewives’ Business That Were Both Successes and Failures (PHOTOS)

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23 ‘Real Housewives’ Business That Were Both Successes and Failures (PHOTOS)

As Bethenny Frankel says, “What's the point of being on TV if you don't have something to sell?”

This is a philosophy adopted by many a housewife, whether they knew what they were doing or not. Many past and present Real Housewives have taken a stab at starting businesses and branding themselves, but the outcome isn’t always pretty.

To see all the ladies’ failed and successful business, click through the gallery above.

23 ‘Real Housewives’ Business That Were Both Successes and Failures (PHOTOS)
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Skinnygirl — Bethenny Frankel, ‘RHONY’

This is what I always wear when I run to the market #marketfreshdeli #kroger

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Skinnygirl — Bethenny Frankel, ‘RHONY’

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Status: Success

We’ll start with the most obvious to get it out of the way. Bethenny’s Skinnygirl brand is the trend that started it all, and no other housewife has been able to copy her success. The lifestyle company amasses millions in revenue every year and continues to grow its product base.


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Vicki’s Vodka — Vicki Gunvalson, ‘RHOC’

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Vicki’s Vodka — Vicki Gunvalson, ‘RHOC’

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Status: Flop

When you try to buy Vicki’s Vodka on her website, you’re told to check back soon. Vicki debuted the product in 2013, but you still can’t purchase it. Vicki’s partner Robert Williamson accused Vicki of not promoting the brand and a lawsuit ensued between the duo, ending in its demise.


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Gretchen Christine — Gretchen Rossi, ‘RHOC’

Hope you all had a great St.Patricks Day! ☘️????Sending love and light to you all ????#GetGlamwithGretchen #GretchenChristine

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Gretchen Christine — Gretchen Rossi, ‘RHOC’

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Status: Flop

While Gretchen’s handbang and beauty line is still available, it hasn’t been a brand that’s taken off. Sales are mostly done online, and you can’t buy the products in major department stores.


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Zing Vodka — Adrienne Maloof, ‘RHOBH’

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Zing Vodka — Adrienne Maloof, ‘RHOBH’

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Status: Flop

Adrienne’s red velvet-flavored vodka didn’t last long in stores and is almost impossible to find online these days.


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Consult Beaute — Heather Dubrow, ‘RHOC’

Consult Beaute — Heather Dubrow, ‘RHOC’

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Status: Success

Heather and husband Dr. Terry Dubrow launched this very successful skincare line on the shopping channel Evine. You can buy their products online, which have generally very positive reviews from customers.


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BLK — The Laurita & Manzo families, ‘RHONJ’

BLK — The Laurita & Manzo families, ‘RHONJ’

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Status: Success

Who would have thought black water would take off? You can buy BLK online, and it’s available in huge chain stores like Target.


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CUT Fitness — Tamra Judge, ‘RHOC’

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CUT Fitness — Tamra Judge, ‘RHOC’

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Status: Success

White CUT Fitness had some struggles in its first year, the gym overcame and has been a success for many years since. The OC flagship is still the company’s only location, with no plans to expand yet.


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Ramona Pinot Grigio — Ramona Singer, ‘RHONY’

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Ramona Pinot Grigio — Ramona Singer, ‘RHONY’

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Status: Flop

When you visit Ramona’s site, you’re sent to another vendor’s page to purchase her alcohol. Alas, you can’t find it on this site either. Oops.


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Pop of Color — Kristen Taekman, ‘RHONY’

Pop of Color — Kristen Taekman, ‘RHONY’

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Status: Success

Although there was drama on RHONY regarding the trademarking of her nail polish line, they’re still for sale in Ricky’s NYC stores, as well as online.

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Lisa Rinna Collection — Lisa Rinna, ‘RHOBH’

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Lisa Rinna Collection — Lisa Rinna, ‘RHOBH’

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Status: Success

Lisa struck a gold mine at QVC with her comfortable clothing line for everyday women. The collection has had massive sales and often sells out when Lisa is on air.


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Alexis Couture — Alexis Bellino, ‘RHOC’

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Alexis Couture — Alexis Bellino, ‘RHOC’

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Status: Flop

You can still buy from her collection online, but it doesn’t appear the site or the collection have been updated in several years.


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Sonja Morgan New York — Sonja Morgan, ‘RHONY’

Sonja Morgan New York — Sonja Morgan, ‘RHONY’

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Status: Success

Calling this one a success is a little generous, but you can in fact buy clothing online from her own website. There’s only five items to shop, but they’re always kept in stock.


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Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza — Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice, ‘RHONJ’

Yum yum???? @gorgaspasta with my lovely sister in law @melissagorga ????????????????

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Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza — Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice, ‘RHONJ’

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Status: To be determined

Melissa, Teresa and Joe Gorga just opened their italian restaurant in East Hanover, NJ. It’s too soon to call this one but we see success in its future.


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Bedroom Kandi — Kandi Burruss, ‘RHOA’

Bedroom Kandi — Kandi Burruss, ‘RHOA’

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Status: Success

Almost everything Kandi touches turns to gold, and her sex toy line is no different. Bedroom Kandi even offers product parties, for which you can apply to be a consultant.


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Milania Hair Care — Teresa Giudice, ‘RHONJ’

@teresagiudice looking fab in our #sachika peplum dress in meatpacking district, toting her #milaniahaircare bag!

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Milania Hair Care — Teresa Giudice, ‘RHONJ’

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Status: Flop

The hair care line named after her daughter also fell through with her legal issues, but luckily Tre’s cookbooks and autobiography were bigtime sellers.


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Cynthia Bailey Eyewear — Cynthia Bailey, ‘RHOA’

✈️ Bye Charlotte! I'm coming Lafayette???? #50Cynt #cynthiabaileyeyewear

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Cynthia Bailey Eyewear — Cynthia Bailey, ‘RHOA’

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Status: Success

Although several styles are sold out, there are plenty of other options on Cynthia’s website. She’s not in any major department or chain stores yet, but it’s a definite possibility in the future. 


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Fabellini — Teresa Giudice, ‘RHONJ’

#FABELLINI is the #blessed blood of Christ. #blessher #RHONJ ????????????????

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Fabellini — Teresa Giudice, ‘RHONJ’

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Status: Flop

The prosecco line went bust after Teresa’s legal troubles and is no longer available for purchase.


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She By Shereé — Shereé Whitfield, ‘RHOA’

She By Shereé — Shereé Whitfield, ‘RHOA’

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Status: Flop

As much as we wanted this to blow up, it never became available to us. It’s always Andy Cohen’s favorite topic of discussion on Watch What Happens Live, and here’s hoping it finds its way to stores soon.

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LVP Sangria — Lisa Vanderpump, ‘RHOBH’

Check out @lvpsangria front and center in the new @amaremagazine ! Thanks for featuring us! #LVPsangria

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LVP Sangria — Lisa Vanderpump, ‘RHOBH’

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Status: Success

Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t create anything that doesn’t blow up, and LVP Sangria is no different. You can find it in most Fresh Market stores as well as Cost Plus World Market locations.


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Kenya Moore Hair Care — Kenya Moore, ‘RHOA’

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Kenya Moore Hair Care — Kenya Moore, ‘RHOA’

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Status: Success

Kenya’s hair care line continues to grow and is extremely affordable and great quality. Kenya is still very active in promoting the brand, which has proven to be a key factor in a Housewives product’s success.


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Indulge — Kathy Wakile, ‘RHONJ’

Indulge with @richardwakile & I @williamssonoma Galleria Mall #strawberrypannacotta #chocolatecustardtartlets

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Indulge — Kathy Wakile, ‘RHONJ’

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Status: Flop

Although Kathy is an amazing cook and pastry maker, her at-home cannoli kits didn’t resonate with fans. You can, however, still buy her cookbook of the same name at major retailers.


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Kyle by Alene Too — Kyle Richards, ‘RHOBH’

How we roll in NYC ????

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Kyle by Alene Too — Kyle Richards, ‘RHOBH’

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Status: Success

Kyle’s Beverly Hills clothing boutique is one of the most successful businesses of the bunch, and she has since launched four other locations in New York and Florida.


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NeNe Leakes Clothing Line — NeNe Leakes, ‘RHOA’

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NeNe Leakes Clothing Line — NeNe Leakes, ‘RHOA’

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Status: Success

NeNe struck a deal with HSN for her casual clothing line, which you can purchase on the shopping channel’s website.


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As Bethenny Frankel says, “What's the point of being on TV if you don't have something to sell?”

This is a philosophy adopted by many a housewife, whether they knew what they were doing or not. Many past and present Real Housewives have taken a stab at starting businesses and branding themselves, but the outcome isn’t always pretty.

To see all the ladies’ failed and successful business, click through the gallery above.