When The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered all those years ago no one would have been able to predict the success and longevity of the series. Not only has it survived all these years, but it’s become a franchise and the lynchpin of the Bravo TV Network.
While it remains successful, there have been quite a few changes from the original gated community setup of the OC. Let’s take a look at how the Housewives has changed over the years.
As the FAME 10 article states, the original concept of the show was to document a behind the gates look at life in the affluent Coto de Caza community. What started as one show now spans many cities throughout the US, along with spinoffs and shows set overseas.
When The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006, most of the wives knew each other. Vicki Gunvalson and Jeana Keough were neighbors, and Lauri Waring worked for Vicki. The beginning seasons focused more on their families instead of their interactions with each other.
Today, you’ll find cast members being brought on that aren’t friends or acquaintances with the other women but hired to stir up drama. This lack of intimacy is often picked up by viewers and the cause of much internet message board gossip.
Twitter and Instagram weren’t even popular back in 2006 so there was very little drama as opposed to today’s wives. With the women now live-tweeting, endorsing products, and fighting via Twitter or Instagram, social media has changed the way the women interact with each other and their fans.
The early days of the Housewives show them in jeans and t-shirts or the infamous Sky Tops. As the series evolved and new franchises started, the women changed their looks too. T-shirts were out and in place designer gowns and high heels. Makeup artists and hairstylists were brought in for “everyday looks.”
Mic has a great article navigating the Housewife beauty change. From the tank tops and shorts to formal wear to eventual product endorsements and branding, the Housewives’ path is fully on display as the seasons go on.
The transformations are easy to see if you check out Housewives from their first season to their third or fourth. Most endure weight-loss, cosmetic procedures, and style changes to keep their looks fresh and their jobs in check.
While you can either love them or hate them, there is no denying that the Real Housewives have made a mark in pop culture and will continue to do so. Just be cool with it, don’t be all uncool.