Joanna Krupa hasn't always been the strong self-confident model viewers have come to know on The Real Housewives of Miami. The Poland native, 34, tells PEOPLE she struggled with an eating disorder when she was trying to make it as a model.
"I gained weight and struggled to lose it quickly in order to pursue my dreams of being a model," she says. "Being 20 years old, I had no idea how to lose weight fast and laxatives were an easy way out."
While Krupa managed to break her unhealthy habits before it was too late, the Bravo star is grateful she's in a much better place.
"Thank God I didn't hurt myself and stopped," she says.
Joanna Krupa is officially off the market!
Before about 150 guests, including Real Housewives of Miami castmates Adriana DeMoura and Alexia Echevarria, the sexy reality show starlet, 34, said "I do" to longtime beau Romain Zago early Thursday evening, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The ceremony took place poolside at the Park Hyatt Aviara resort in San Diego.
According to an eyewitness, "The ceremony featured many candles and was very romantic. Joanna wore a strapless dress and looked gorgeous. She got emotional during their vows.
Could it be that the Real Housewives franchise is America's greatest most recent export?
After The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered to a whopping 2.8 million viewers on Sunday, it's easy to see why television networks across the globe would want to profile the rich, famous – and feuding.
As the hostility between Housewives Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga continues to play out in front of cameras, the series is finding legs far from New Jersey – specifically in places like Israel, Canada, Ireland and Brazil.
Take a peek at what's happening on Housewives-inspired shows all over the world:
The Real Housewives of Miami will be back! Well, some of them.
Of the original six, Marysol Patton, Lea Black, and Audriana de Moura are returning for season 2 of the show, Bravo announced Thursday. That means Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice and Alexia Echevarria are out.
"The Real Housewives of Miami follows a group of the most beautiful, connected and influential women in town who work hard and play harder," states a press release from Bravo. "This season will give viewers an inside look at these aspirational women as they juggle family, work and the fabulous social scene in a city where the food is spicy, and the drama is even spicier."
Bravo host and behind-the-scenes executive Andy Cohen has signed a "low seven-figure" deal for his forthcoming memoir, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Cohen, 43, the network's executive vice president and host of Watch What Happens: Live says of the book: "It'll be a memoir, of sorts, about my intersections with pop culture over the years, from growing up in front of the TV as a kid in St. Louis to my years at CBS News, all the way up to today. The stories I've been saving up are funny and improbable and really define who I am today."
The book, due next summer from the New York publisher Henry Holt, so far has no title, and Cohen is asking for suggestions.
We begin the finale episode of The Real Housewives of Miami with colorful socks and comfortable heels. I'd expect nothing less from Elsa, including her (professed?) inability to remember what she did last night or how many husbands her daughter has had. Doesn't that remind you of episode one when Marysol didn't remember what day it was? I can't wait for the Elsa and Marysol roadshow, though it would literally have to be on the road since Mama doesn't fly well. Maybe Phillippe could drive, if he puts down his Blackberry.
Alexia prepped her son Peter to enter the modeling world, and I have to say, tonight was the first time I really appreciated something she said – that shyness can be seen as arrogance. Well said, Mama, because not everyone can see themselves, though being on a reality show hopefully helps. There seems to be a lot of love there.
This is a double header – Simon and I were out of the country with the chums last week celebrating his birthday, and it's time to catch up with The Real Housewives of Miami. So where are we now?
How long have Alexia and Herman been married that she has never worked on a dead pig before? Having always seen butchers in Europe and N.Y.C. with animal carcasses hanging in the shop, having grown up attending pig roasts with my parents and their friends, I was surprised by Alexia's reaction both at the slaughterhouse and in the kitchen. It's not only a Cuban thing; they roast whole pigs in Texas, Kansas and the Caribbean, too, though more often on a spit than in a smoker. It just never occurred to me to be squeamish about that; if one chooses to eat meat, it's better to be grateful to that animal and recognize that it died for your benefit, than try to pretend that it was never alive and came in plastic wrap from the supermarket, and squirt hand sanitizer everywhere as though that would help block out the memory. It's why in our house, we call Bolognese "dead cow sauce," so the kids know exactly what they are eating. Okay, speech over.
"I'm not much of a drinker, but when I drink, I feel good?" Thank you, Elsa. Such a great line to kick off a Real Housewives discussion.
According to Adriana, Lea can crush a person in a minute. Is that metaphorical, or does she draw her victims into the spider web of her blouse and devour them? Either way, I'm interested to see whether Lea will get Cristy to pay for the gala tickets ... and I loved her glasses. So, as one who has been to multiple charity events on camera, here's what I've learned: When you film a charity gala, you need to be very clear with your cast members about what is expected. Either you are invited by the host as a guest, or you pay your money. You don't stop by with friends, unannounced, for more camera time unless you're intentionally trying to cause trouble. And if that's what Cristy was trying to do, she should have owned it.
So, I had a lovely dinner party at home (fun guests, braised lamb shanks, potato gratin and apple crisp) and caught The Real Housewives of Miami on DVR. Two things stood out to me tonight: First, I nearly drowned in my red wine when Lea Black called into Watch What Happens Live to call Cristy Rice a $1,000-a-night hooker because she didn't pay for all the people in her party who attended her gala. Also, how in the world did Adriana manage to miss picking up her son while simultaneously making it her boyfriend's fault? Let's review:
After nonsense, like Alexia's stepson, the editor of Venue magazine, complaining about all the same people being in the society pages of their magazine (same problem, different city), we get to Chef Pepin, his lunch and Adriana's problem.
Can I respectfully ask a question? Is anyone who watches Bravo also a viewer of anything on Univision? If so, do you know who Chef Pepin is? (Imagine the Cuban Emeril.) Yes, he used a crockpot in this episode, which lost him points, but maybe he just phoned it in for a bunch of silly women with big hair. And my big question for Chef Pepin is: What is your best recipe for pollo borracho? It's my husband's current obsession. Tweet me. I'm waiting.
Not only did The Real Housewives of Miami star Lea Black originally not want to participate in Bravo's new show, she refused to tell people about it even after she was cast.
"I denied it up until Bravo said that they had announced it," the blonde Texas native told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. "I'm going to know a lot of people mad at me [because] I denied doing it. I was kind of keeping it at bay. I don't know why; I guess I was shy about it."
Black – who has a son, 9, with her defense attorney husband, Roy – had a hand in casting the show, which debuts Feb. 22 (10 p.m. ET), even though she didn't consider herself as a good fit.