Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New York City premiered on May 4 and the hit Bravo reality TV show added a new cast member to the group. Eboni Williams made her debut as the first Black cast member in the show’s history.
During the first episode, cast member Leah McSweeney commented about the new star’s debut by tweeting, “Eboni is pretty much the epitome of Black Girl Magic.
Williams was introduced to the group of RHONY housewives during a brunch at Sonja Morgan’s townhouse. She quickly proved that she can get along with the rest of the group and will fit right in.
As a self-described Bravo superfan, Williams revealed on Andy Cohen’s show Watch What Happens Live that she’s watched every season of the franchise.
On Watch What Happens Live, Williams said, “[Luann] was more Lu than expected; Ramona, more Ramona than expected. Everybody was just full throttle.”
Williams began her law career as the only Black woman at a Charlotte law firm. She then applied for the position of public defender and said, “I wanted to do something that felt unique and that it was making a difference in everyday people’s lives.”
She then dived into the world of broadcast journalism and became a contributor for Fox News.
In her first scene on RHONY, Williams made it clear where she stands on social issues. She was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter mask and a sweatshirt with the names of the Central Park Five on it.
Williams told Vanity Fair, “You have to remember, I have a degree in Black studies, right? So I’m not just, like, a Black woman who is showing up as her authentic self. Part of my authentic self is the kind of minutiae of the Black experience…My capacity to engage in the details and these conversations about Black life and experience is probably abnormally high.”
A trailer for the new season revealed tension between Williams and Ramona Singer. According to People, Ramona accuses Williams of “preaching” to her.
“That’s gaslighting,” said Williams.
To catch up with the rest of season 13 of RHONY, watch the show on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.