Crystal Kung Minkoff is making history as the first Asian American to join the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“It’s certainly quite poignant to be the first Asian-American on the show. The responsibility is there and I’m proud to be the one to represent our group,” Minkoff said to Page Six.
It was announced last October that Minkoff would join the franchise.
“I think we need a lot more representation. It starts with one person, but I think that’s important. We have diverse and unique stories to share and we’re all very different,” said Minkoff.
Minkoff is married to “The Lion King” director Rob Minkoff and is excited to share her culture and family on the show. The couple has two children together, Max and Zoe.
She knew Kyle Richards through mutual friends and had met Garcelle Beauvais over the years.
Minkoff has always been a fan of the show but said it took her “many, many months” to decide if she wanted to join the group.
She has been friends with Kathy Hilton for 15 years and said she got a call from Hilton asking her if she wanted to join the show together.
Minkoff said, “I have always been a fan of the show, so it was really weird. I remember the first time I walked into the first group dinner, I was like, ‘Oh my God, these are all the girls from the show!’”
The Real Housewives franchise has faced issues over inclusion and diversity in the past. The entire franchise is predominantly white, save for the Atlanta and Potomac series, which have all-black casts.
Season 11 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premieres on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.