Bethenny Frankel’s Own ‘Challenges’ Inspired Her New Campaign for Women

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Bethenny Frankel has found a way to make a difference, while she isn’t busy blasting her co-stars out of the water, on The Real Housewives of New York.

The Skinnygirl mogul has launched new charity initiative in partnership with Dress for Success, called B Strong. According to a December 7th press release, the program will “provide support, training, and financial assistance for women coping with crisis situations.”

The Daily Dish spoke to Bethenny about what motived her to kick off the program.

I just felt it. I felt an emotional wave of a difficult time is just still occurring but hopefully passing, and I wanted to pay it forward and help other women,” Bethenny shared. “And I have a partnership with Dress for Success. They have an infrastructure, worldwide. I know the money’s in good hands, I know the organization is already a well-oiled machine, and now I can really make a difference.”

Bethenny created her company from the ground up, and has suffered many  setbacks along the way. She hopes to encourage other women to persevere, in making their dreams into realities. 

“It doesn’t matter how successful you are. It doesn’t matter how pretty of a face you put on. We all suffer from feeling depressed and sad and lonely and hopeless and helpless,” Bethenny said. “And you know I’ve been with no money in my bank account; not to the poverty point, but I’ve experienced challenges in my life, and I’ve more recently experienced emotional challenges and I want to help other women.”

Bethenny believes that the time is right to lift other women up.

“Hillary [Clinton] didn’t win, but she wasn’t the right woman at this time. But someone else will be, and it could be someone in that room. It could be because of B Strong, because someone is in a hole, is in a corner, and needs to be pulled out. They can get a job through Dress for Success, inspire other women, and they could be president,” she explained.

Bethenny sent a message to any naysaying guy out there, who might not be ready for so much girl power.

“The world is very empowered right now by females, and men just have to get used to it and get out of the way,” she said. “I don’t know if men are ready for how much women bring to the table right now, because men just can’t pay the bill and expect for that to be enough. Women are paying the bills too.”

The Real Housewives of New York is currently filming Season 9.


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