From nursing to jet-setting. Perhaps elegance is, in fact, learned.
For any avid television watcher, Luann (The Countess) de Lesseps is like, well, The Countess of reality TV.
We've watched her from the start on Bravo's Real Housewives of New York, and have been schooled by Luann in how "elegance is learned" and how to be "cool, not all 'uncool'."
We've witnessed romances come and gone, friendships made and others broken, and fabulous dinner parties and vacations most of us could only dream of.
The Countess sure seems to have it all now, but what about before we tuned into her shenanigans weekly? Here's what Luann was up to before Andy Cohen got the best of her.
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We know Luann wanted to care for her temporary roommate Sonja while she looked for a NYC place of her own, and Bethenny laughed at the very thought of it. Hey, not so fast, Frankel. As per Radar Online, Luann was a licensed practical nurse back in the day in Connecticut! Wouldn't you want a sponge bath from a future Countess?
Well nursing may not be glamorous, but guess what is… modeling! As per Real Housewives Sleuth, Luann was signed to the prestigious Wilhelmina Models and posed and pouted for ads and spreads. Her tall frame and wicked smile captured the lens with sophistication and style.
Modeling led to opportunity as a TV personality, and according to Reality Tea, Luann became a TV host for a show called Pressing in Milan. Her international travels and high-life living eventually led her to meet her first husband, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, and the rest is history.
Now Luann is getting remarried, sells her goods and wares on home shopping network television, has written a few books, recorded some "music," and intrigues us week after week on RHONY.
From a simple girl from the states to an international jet-setter and mom of two, Luann de Lesseps is a force to be reckoned with. Just ask her cast mates!
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