New York’s Housewife
By Christopher A. Pape | Photography by Zinno Park
Known across the country for her over-the-top style and impeccable taste, Sonja Morgan epitomizes what it means to be a Real Housewife of New York City. She’s a woman on a mission to dress her customers in the most flattering, best tailored pieces available. As a business woman and a mother she is driven, passionate and dedicated to building a lifestyle brand in her own image and raising a daughter who achieves all of her goals.
Ms. Morgan uses her self-confidence and playfully brash demeanor to accomplish her goals in the business and art worlds. She has ventured into the theater, obviously done television, created an iconic fashion line and has a budding empire, of which she is rightfully proud. But more than that, she is a caring, loving, thoughtful, inspiring, powerful New York woman.
We sat down with Sonja to learn more about her recent updates, her business ventures and delve into the world of the ladies of Real Housewives of New York City.
I hope you enjoying reading about Sonja as much as we loved working with her!
Tell us about what’s new that’s going on.
I’ve been refreshing my townhouse with interior designer and longtime pal Nancy Pearson. She’s helping me out while I’m in-between. I don’t want to redo the house, but it needs some new fabrics and paint here and there. When not filming
I travel. So I’ve been to LA, Atlanta, the Hamptons, Phuket, Paris and Burgundy. I’m headed back to Europe soon, right after Palm Beach. My daughter is coming with me on some of the trips so that makes it extra special for me. I miss her now that she’s off to boarding school.
What new ventures are you working on?
I’m continuing to build my Tipsy Girl Sparkling wines and Sonja Morgan New York Fashion Lifestyle Brand. Sonja Morgan New York is now available at the Vanessa Noel store on East 64th Street as well as online. In addition, I am co-producing and acting in an art-house film. It’s taking place in New York City. The content is very different, but the process is similar to when I produced The Marsh in Toronto.
What inspires you to pursuing these goals?
I’m motivated by my creative side and then by the people I work with. For example, the recent Off-Broadway play I did. Sex tips for Straight Women by a Gay Man is the longest-running comedy Off Broadway. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was nervous. But my daughter was like you have to do this. There were many rehearsals every week. The other two seasoned actors and I had to memorize 70 minutes of exact script. There were two back-to-back shows on Saturdays. But it struck my creative cords and I loved the cast and team I worked with. It was a real New York moment in life. Plus I love making people laugh.
How is the show for you this season?
Always entertaining. Every year it’s different. This year it’s funnier and on the kooky side with deep emotions involved. I work on myself, my relationships with the girls and my romantic life in a more serious fashion now that my daughter lives out and my life is settled.
What do you like most about RHONYC?
The freedom I regained after my divorce. I was able to take care of my daughter, to rebuild, rebrand and continue to support my charities while inspiring others to stay strong and independent and to realize their dreams. I love the emails from people saying I helped them through tough times.
You’re an iconic dresser, what inspires your sense of style? Favorite designer?
I’m inspired by the classic timeless designers with a sexy twist. Ralph Lauren, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, YSL, Cavalli. I always like a touch of leopard. It’s my neutral—alongside red and fuchsia
Tell us about your fashion line. It’s timeless, seasonless and travels well.
Fine fabrics with detail. I like to have a sexy twist with cutouts, showing a little skin, and with animal prints here and there. I have an affinity for the tuxedo style as well. My swimwear sold out instantly due to its price point. I’ll be working on favorable price points down the road for everyone. But I’m enjoying the designing part now. I’m very proud of my collection and love seeing it on others and love to wear it myself.