It certainly isn’t unusual to have a model in the cast of a Real Housewives show — but 20-year industry veteran Kristen Taekman is in a class all her own.
“I worked in Boston and NYC when I was in high school and then moved to Europe to model in Milan and Paris for three years,” the new Real Housewives of New York star says on her website. “All these years later and after two pregnancies, at the ripe old age of 36, I am still modeling.”
Kristen seemed to have a lot of success while working in Europe. Her self-described “old-school modeling photos” include shoots for magazines in Scandinavia, Greece and more.
Even back then, she had a real taste for luxury, as documented in an awesome USA Today travel column from 2003.
“Those airline blankets are gross,” Kristen told the writer, noting she takes Evian mist spray, an eye mask, sleeping pills, heavy night cream and pashmina scarf on every flight.
Kristen settled back in the States in the early 2000s, where she went on to marry entrepreneur husband Josh Taekman and have two kids. Still, she remains busy with modeling jobs.
Kristen — who is occasionally credited with maiden name Kristen Carroll — told Page Six she’s appeared in Australian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Glamour.
Based on her Fashion Model Directory profile, she’s been represented by Modelwerk, Next Model Management and Page Parkes Management. She’s described as 5’11” with green eyes and blonde hair.
As for what to expect from Kristen’s role in RHONY, she describes herself as “BFFs with Brandi Glanville from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hill” — so producers are surely hoping she can bring the same kind of drama!
Catch Kristen’s debut on RHONY on Bravo tonight at 9/8c.