Meet Real Housewives’ of New York Aviva Drescher
Having joined the cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York in season five, the beautiful and charming Aviva is so much more than what you see on the hit reality show. She is a wife, mother to four precious children, a REAL housewife, a business woman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Aviva is “Living the Life!”
Passionate about everything she does, but extremely evident in her charity work for amputees with The One Step Ahead Foundation. Aviva lost her leg at age six and it has never stopped her from accomplishing anything and everything she sets her mind to. Strong and determined, this lady is more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside. After the recent Boston Marathon bombings, she opened her heart to the victims, that’s just what she does.
How did you get involved with the Real Housewives of New York?
Through a mutual friend of Bethenny Frankel’ and the rest is history!
What sets you apart from the other housewives?
Each one of us is different in many ways. I sometimes feel like a goldfish swimming with the sharks. I was a rookie when I came on board; the other ladies are much shrewder than I am. I don’t feel like I’m a celebrity nor am I a diva. My intention was to make great television, unfortunately for the sake of drama; we are not always represented in our true form, don’t believe everything you see. My biggest reason for wanting to be on the show was to inspire other amputees, to be their voice.
What do you do for fun?
We have close friends that we enjoy spending time with and celebrating joyous occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.
Who or what is most important to you, personally and professionally?
My family is number one! After that, my charities and the work I do daily for amputees.
What is your most memorable Housewives’ experience?
The day I met Andy Cohen! Not only is he the executive producer of the show, but a wonderful human being.
When you were five years old, what was your dream to be when you grew up?
What are your personal and professional mottos?
Personal would have to be “why be normal, everyone interesting has a past.” Professional is “Cease the day, life is not a dress rehearsal!”
Three words that best describe you are:
Silly, Assertive and Compassionate
Who do you owe your success to?
Any good that I am today, comes from positive reinforcement, love and encouragement from my parents and my husband
Have most of your dreams come true so far?
Yes, even more than I ever dreamed possible!
For More information on Aviva’s Charity One Step Ahead Visit:
http://onestepaheadfoundation.wordpress.com/ To connect with Aviva on Social Media; Follow her on Twitter @avivadrescher
Like her page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/avivadrescher.
When Aviva was six years-old, she was in a farm accident when her left foot got severely hurt at a friend’s upstate New York dairy farm. A few months later her leg was amputated as a result of that accident. Aviva has never let this tragedy define who she is.
Aviva has a solid education. She attended New York’s The Fieldston School as a child and went on to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree from Vassar College, a Masters in French Literature from New York University and a Juris Doctorate from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
At a chance meeting at Bed Bath & Beyond, Aviva a single mother at the time met Investment Banker Reid Drescher as their young children played together in the aisles. It was only a matter of time before the two got married and grew their family together. The Dreschers now have the quintessential contemporary modern family with four children – Harrison, 11, Veronica, 10, Hudson, 5, and Sienna, 2.
Aviva is also passionate about working with different philanthropies. Whether it is her role as the National Spokesperson for One Step Ahead, an organization for amputees, her work with Cancer Schmancer/Trash Cancer alongside her cousin Fran Drescher, Live4Life a charity that raises funds for Melanoma research and recently signing on as the ambassador for the So Gay So What Campaign (part of the Shine Out Music Festival) as a straight ally. Aviva continually teaches her family the importance of giving back.