Last month, reports surfaced that Barbara Kavovit had joined the cast of the Real Housewives of New York City for Season 11. The construction mogul can’t yet comment on the casting news, but she has revealed that she is longtime friends with one of the original Housewives — Luann de Lesseps.
“I love hanging out with my friend Luann [de Lesseps] — we go way back,” Kavovit told People Magazine. “I guess people are talking about how we’ve been seen together lately, but we’ve been friends forever. We met when our sons were very little and have been friends ever since.”
Over the past few weeks, cameras have caught Kavovit hanging out and filming with the Housewives at a few New York events. She was at Bethenny Frankel’s SkinnyGirl Jeans launch, and danced alongside de Lesseps, Frankel, and Sonja Morgan.
She was also in the background of a recent Frankel social media post during a night in the Berkshires, and late last month Kavovit enjoyed a girl’s night out with Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, and Tinsley Mortimer at Slate.
Kavovit will be joining de Lesseps, Frankel, Morgan, Singer, Mortimer, and Medley as a full-time cast member next season. She will be replacing Carole Radziwill, who announced her exit in July after starring on the show for six seasons.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) October 26, 2018
The CEO and founder of Evergreen Construction says that she has no problem hanging out with women who have strong opinions and personalities. She says she is “a boss,” and some women and men are afraid of her in some ways. Kavovit added that she doesn’t see herself as intimidating, but people have told her that she is.
Before starting Evergreen, Kavovit spent years in the lead role at Anchor Construction, one of the largest female-owned general contracting companies.
While talking about her career, Kavovit said that if you are passionate and attack something, you will eventually conquer it. She noted that every day is a fight, but she has to keep the drive going, while being confident and relentless.
Kavovit has also launched a line of tools marketed towards women called DIYVA, has written two books, and is currently writing a third about a young woman in New York City who wants to build the tallest skyscraper in the Big Apple.
— Page Six (@PageSix) September 6, 2018
After a successful career in a male-dominated industry, Barbara Kavovit says she wants to encourage young women to do the same because she believes the industry is desperate for women. But, she says that you have to be five times better than a male counterpart to be considered equal.
New episodes of Real Housewives of New York City will return to Bravo in the spring of 2019.