By Danielle Valente published
Time to head to Cali, Bravoholics: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will soon grace reality TV with its 12th season, with new cast members Sanela Diana Jenkins and Sheree Zampino in tow. If its predecessor season is any indication, fans are in for a wild ride.
Season 11 gave us plenty to unpack: the Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi divorce and legal fiasco, the arrival of newbie Crystal Minkoff, and the undeniable breakout star, Kathy Hilton (mother of Paris and Nikki, sister of Kim and Kylie Richards). Though it goes without saying, we, of course, had the incomparable Lisa Rinna as well.
So, what is happening in the glamorous locale? How will the newbies gel with the rest of the cast? What does Andy Cohen have planned for the next part of the franchise's journey? We have the scoop!
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Meet Sanela Diana Jenkins, new RHOBH star:
Sanela Diana Jenkins is a 48-year-old businesswoman, a mother of three, and was married to British financier Roger Jenkins for 12 years.
Jenkins is particularly known for her role with Neuro Brands, which has prompted the Bosnia native to participate in philanthropic projects, including kickstarting the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization alongside actor Sean Penn.
She is going the full-time Housewives route for season 12, and we wish her luck.
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Sheree Zampino joins 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'
The 54-year-old Zampino will be joining the cast as a "friend of" the Housewives, a recurring player who pops in every few episodes to stir things up. (Sutton Stracke formerly joined RHOBH as a "friend of" Lisa Rinna.)
Currently, the mother of one runs an online retailer, Sheree Elizabeth, and launched the Whoop Ash skincare brand. If she looks a bit familiar, it was because she was married to Will Smith in the early 1990s.
Perhaps this "friend of" method is a good way to dip your toes into the Housewives pool before committing entirely!
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Who is returning to the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' cast?
If you were looking for an early holiday present, this is it: Bravo decided to give us a sneak peek into the upcoming RHOBH season. Drumroll, please! The returning cast members are as follows:
- Kyle Richards
- Lisa Rinna
- Erika Girardi
- Dorit Kemsley
- Garcelle Beauvais
- Sutton Stracke
- Crystal Kung Minkoff
For the eagle-eyed fans among us, you might sense that a certain someone—Kathy Hilton—is missing from the lineup. Fear not: though she won't be a regular Housewife this season, she's struck a new deal with Bravo where she has been cast as a "friend of" the Housewives. Confessionals better be in the cards, though.
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When does 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' season 12 premiere?
Although Bravo gifted fans with a sneak peek at the cast ahead of the holidays, the network isn't feeling that generous. We're still waiting to learn of the premiere date, but, of course, will keep you posted as soon as we know more.
What will happen on 'RHOBH' season 12?
Plot points at this time are still under wraps, but we're definitely anxious to see how the newcomers, full-time housewives and "friends of" interact with one another going forward.
If you need us, we'll be here patiently waiting for the ladies' return.
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.
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