The Real Housewives of New York City has not only made room for former cast members but a new face as well. Enter Dorinda Medley, a Manhattan socialite and the latest addition to the cast of season 7.

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Medley was born in the Berkshires and was given the opportunity to appear on The Real Housewives of New York City through longtime friends Ramoina Singer and CountessLuann De Lesseps.

“I live on the Upper East Side, and it’s a small fishbowl up here. I am not going to be that ball of yarn that came out of nowhere,” the 50-year-old single mom told the NY Post. “I know these girls. I know their world. I’ve even done a few cameos. So I thought, why not give it a try and see if it is something that suits me?”

Medley started her own cashmere company, DCL Cashmere, in London with her first husband but eventually sold it after the divorce. She moved back to New York with her daughter Hannah and, in 2005, met and married hedge fund adviser Richard Medley. After the tragic death of her second husband in 2011, Medley focused on her daughter and herself. 

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“I’ve been presented with a lot of different challenges and that’s why I wasn’t afraid to be on the Housewives,” she said. “The whole point is to keep going forward and try again. I think I’m creative, and I consider myself a smart woman. I like to see a good argument between two people. I think you learn when you argue. It’s just an expression of your opinion.”

According to Bravo’s website, Medley “is currently dating John Mahdessian, owner of Madame Paulette, the leading cleaning and restoration establishment of worldwide couture garments in the Upper East Side.” She also “enjoys vacationing and all types of fashion, both high-end and high-street, and considers all of her pieces collector’s items.”

The Real Housewives of New York City season 7 premieres April 7 on Bravo.

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV