The Edmond Sun

October 18, 2013

Edmond’s Financial Diva guests on Real Housewives

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A real life Edmond diva will appear in “The Real Housewives of Miami” as the “Financial Diva” Victoria Woods joins the Bravo TV cast for a Dallas episode at 9 p.m. Monday.

She described the show as offering viewers a glimpse of the aspirations of seven women as they juggle family, work and a spicy social scene.

“I haven’t seen the edited version. I just got to be there and experience it, and it was quite the fun event,” said Woods, owner and chief investment adviser at ChappelWood Financial to MidTier Millionaires. She is author of “It’s All About the $Money, Honey!” as well as a TV contributor for Fox News, Fox Business, NBC, CBS, ABC and “The Today Show.”

Woods said she is also founder of the Financial District in Edmond, an area encompassing 84 acres at the intersection of Bryant Avenue and 15th Street.

The show also gives Woods the opportunity to share her financial expertise by highlighting her best-selling book, “Its All About the $Money, Honey!” She was invited to appear on the show by her longtime friend, Lea Black, the star of the show with Lisa Hochstein.

She was also able to catch up with her other friends who would appear for an episode in the show — Eve McCandless, Lynn Fontaine and Merrie Mills. Woods has maintained a friendship with each of the women ever since they worked in Dallas for Black 30 years ago in the cosmetics business.

“I got a reunion. I wanted to invite the other girls and it was a blast,” Woods said. “We all stayed at Hotel ZaZa.”

Woods traveled to Dallas on Memorial Day weekend for the production, which took less than three hours of work. Her scene is set in a country and western bar where Woods was able to convince Hochstein to ride the bull.

“They come in there in stilettos and skin-tight dresses,” Woods said.

At first, Woods declined Black’s invitation to be on the show because she didn’t want to appear on a reality show because they tend to have a mean attitude.

“She assured me it would be nothing but upbeat and positive,” Woods said.

Woods became excited to reunite with her other lifelong friends on the show. They were able to share the life lessons they learned along the way, Woods said. The Bravo production company was friendly and accommodating, she said.

“They let us just be us. That was really the fun part,” Woods said.



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