Meet Jennie Nguyen, Salt Lake City's newest 'Real Housewife'

Buckle up, folks: Bravo newbie Jennie Nguyen, Salt Lake City's latest addition, is already bringing the drama

Jennie Nguyen Salt Lake City, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
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There's a lot going on in Utah. Jennie Nguyen, Salt Lake City's newest Real Housewife, has stepped onto the scene by way of a lime-green Lamborghini, and she is about to shake up The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season 2. 

As if castmate Jen Shah's court case and legal drama aren't enough for one season of reality TV, our new full-timer is already creating a buzz, and understandably so. (We can't resist a Bravo newcomer!) Let's meet the franchise's newest housewife. 



Who is Jennie Nguyen, Salt Lake City's newest star?

Ladies and gents, we have a new Housewife on our hands. Nguyen is Vietnam-born, USA-raised, and first came to the states at seven years old. The married mother of three just sold her medical spa businesses to pursue the role of full-time mom, according to Bravo

However, this tidbit is but one of the reasons to expect some drama from Nguyen's storyline. She and her husband are not on the same page about expanding their family, which you can see in The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season 2 trailer below. He even goes so far as to suggest he's willing to utilize the help of a sister wife (!!!) in order to have more children. 

In terms of her connection with her costars, Nguyen was introduced to the group via cast member Lisa Barlow and apparently isn't afraid to let her opinions be known, a characteristic we've come to expect from most women in the Real Housewives franchise. Time will tell who she'll mesh well with...and not. (Get a glimpse of her interactions in the teaser below.) 

Will Jennie Nguyen replace Jen Shah?

The verdict is still out. Although we will allegedly get a small glimpse into castmate Jen Shah's arrest and legal turmoil—which the teaser suggests—it's not entirely clear if she will be featured prominently on the show as everything unfolds. Some believe Nguyen was bumped to full-time status in order to fill the void. 

Wondering what exactly happened with Shah? Well, it ain't pretty. She and her assistant, Stuart Smith, were arrested and accused of operating a telemarketing scheme that allegedly has targeted seniors. She could potentially face up to 50 years in prison. 

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release via the United States Department of Justice: "In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money. Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes."

Trailer for Real Housewives Salt Lake City season 2:

Alleged telemarketing schemes, cult participation and plain 'ol betrayal—the sneak peek at season 2 of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City has a little bit of everything. Don't sleep on this one, folks. (You know many of us made that mistake with the Potomac ladies, and look how that turned out!)

Who else will be tuning in? Stay tuned as more information on season 2 unfolds—we'll be sure to keep you in the loop.

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.