Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is working to feature more diversity in their popular franchise and has added Crystal Kung Minkoff to the cast. Kang Minkoff, founder or Real Coco will be the series’ first Asian American cast member.

What’s Happening:

  • Variety is reporting that Crystal Kung Minkoff will join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills starting with its upcoming 11th season.
  • Kung Minkoff is an entrepreneur and founder of Real Coco, a company that specializes in coconut products. Her participation is notable as she’ll be the franchise’s first Asian American cast member.
  • She has been married to Rob Minkoff since 2007. The couple has two children.
  • Disney fans will recognize her husband as a director for 1994’s The Lion King and The Haunted Mansion which starred Eddie Murphy. He also directed the Stuart Little films and Sherman and Mr. Peabody.
  • Kung Minkoff will be featured opposite other housewives:
    • Kyle Richards
    • Erika Girardi
    • Lisa Rinna
    • Garcelle Beauvais
    • Dorit Kemsley
    • Former cast members Teddi Mellencamp and Denise Richards left the series at the end of season 10.

What They’re Saying:  

  • Bravo executive Shari Levine: “We are looking to increase the diversity of our shows. We are mindful of what the moment is. And we all feel the same in terms of intolerance, and in terms of being part of a culture that doesn’t inflict pain on people.”