'Real Housewives of D.C.': Meet the Cast!
MICHAELE SALAHI, 44
THE ALLEGED WHITE HOUSE PARTY CRASHER
SELF-CHOSEN DESCRIPTORS: ''Loving. Gracious. High-energy.''
''They found me because different people had said, 'You know, Michaele is D.C. She's the scene. She's got great clothes. She's always at charity events. She helps a lot of people. She's done a lot to give back to D.C. and she looks good doing it.' I guess they had a lot of different people referring them to me.''
SALAHI ON ALLEGEDLY CRASHING THE WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER: ''I went with what we were told — and the belief in my heart. I had even called the White House official and asked if it was appropriate [for us to come]. Here's how I think about it: If you go to a party and say, 'Hi, I'm Michaele Salahi and here's my ID,' and you're never asked to leave, how is that crashing? We were never asked to leave. We had a great time.''
MARY SCHMIDT AMONS, 43
THE SOCIALITE & D.C. NATIVE
SELF-CHOSEN DESCRIPTORS: ''Warm. Positive. Nurturer.''
''D.C. is a very small town, it really is. I kind of consider it a village. It's a very transient place, but having been born and raised here, it's extremely small. In D.C., I think they put a lot of effort into finding people that worked well together and are connected to the city.''
AMONS ON THE MICHAELE SALAHI ALLEGED PARTY-CRASHING INCIDENT: ''I don't want to be judging her at all, but I think her actions speak for themselves. I am not interested in interacting with people who make those kinds of choices to push themselves ahead. The sense of entitlement — I don't understand it, and I don't connect with it at all. I can't even wrap my head around how they did it, how they got so far with it.''
LYNDA ERKILETIAN, 52
THE MODELING MOGUL/COUGAR
SELF-CHOSEN DESCRIPTORS: ''Mother. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist.''
''D.C. isn't thought of as fashionable. For me, this was an opportunity to show that it is, and it's so much more than just what people think of as style. In Washington, we, at times — for me and my industry and for a lot of people — we're changing two and three times a day, so there's a demand for fashion.''
ERKILETIAN ON THE SHOW'S IMPENDING DRAMA: ''Goodness only knows what they caught me doing, but yeah, I'll take full responsibility for whatever it was. I think emotions runs high amongst all people, whether it's men or women. Does our blood pressure rise? Yes! That's what makes it so interesting.''
CATHERINE OMMANNEY, 38
THE BRITISH IMPORT
SELF-CHOSEN DESCRIPTORS: ''Honest. Loyal. Energetic.''
''I'm definitely controversial by all accounts because I like to stir the pot. I like to hear the truth. I'm fun-loving. The most important things in my life are family and friends. I'm not afraid to share my opinion because it's the way I am. It's the way I was born.''
OMMANNEY ON INSENSITIVELY IMITATING TYRA BANKS IN THE SEASON PREMIERE: ''She's one person in America. If she takes it as being insensitive, I'm sure she's had far more criticism than me imitating her. She's someone who I'm sure people love or hate. I've probably overstepped the mark because I offended people that night, but I didn't mean to. I've just never been a fan of Tyra Banks.''
STACIE SCOTT TURNER, 43
HIGH-END REAL ESTATE BROKER
SELF-CHOSEN DESCRIPTORS: ''Adventurous. Workaholic. Thoughtful.''
''I was vacationing in Mexico with my girlfriends, and I got a call from the producers asking if I would be interested in doing the show, and my reaction was like, 'Oh, no, I'll watch it, but I don't want to be in it.' But they were pretty persistent. It's a unique platform for me to promote my real estate business, as well as my charity, so I decided it would be a fun thing to do.''
TURNER ON THE SHOW'S RACIAL UNDERTONES: ''I don't think of it as a racial overtone, but more that in D.C. people talk about race. It's not a taboo, race. We talk about race and politics.''