Real Housewives of New York's LuAnn de Lesseps is leaving the show for Season 6, but she's has already proclaimed newcomer Kristen Taekman to be fitting in thanks to the fact that she’s “tall and beautiful.” But who exactly is the newbie housewife?

Kristen is a fashion model originally from Farmington, Connecticut. She started modeling at the tender age of 16, and has since expanded her career to include business ventures, specifically a line of high-end greeting card boxes that she created. Kristen, 36, has been married for nine years to Josh Taekman, the co-founder of Eboost natural energy drinks. The couple has two children together: Cash, 5, and Kingsley, 2.

Another fact about Kristen that should not be overlooked: She’s pals with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, so we’ll have to assume she’s ready and willing to start drama at any time.

It was Kristen’s friendship with Brandi that eventually landed the model a spot on RHONY. According to Page Six, Kristen attended the Bravo “upfront” promotion with Brandi earlier this year where she met Bravo hotshot Andy Cohen. The two must have hit it off because Andy didn’t waste anytime asking the blond bombshell why she wasn’t a “Real Housewife.”


Filming for the show’s sixth season has reportedly wrapped and will begin airing on Tuesday, March 11. You can get your first look at Kristen in action with the rest of the RHONY ladies in the new and extended Season 6 trailer. The NYC blonde is active on Twitter — @KristenTaekman — and she recently celebrated the New Year by creating her own website, KristenCarrollTaekman.com. Head over to check out some of her modeling photos: Both current and from year's past. (Spoiler alert: the leggy beauty looks flawless in all of them. No surprise there.)

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Source: Page Six