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Cheeky Gets the “Skinny” on Bethenny Frankel

Michigan Avenue Magazine Toasts to Covergirl Bethenny Frankel

by Kristen Mitchell – August 9, 2012

On August 2, Michigan Avenue magazine toasted to its summer issue and one of the Cheekiest women we know—Skinnygirl® entrepreneur, star of the hit Bravo reality series Bethenny Ever After, former Chicagoan and New York Times best-selling author, Bethenny Frankel.

With the release of her debut novel Skinnydipping in May and a six-week tape-run of a daytime talk show under her belt, Bethenny is captivating audiences from coast to coast. We had the chance to catch up with her at last Thursday’s Market Bar rooftop event to chat “having it all,” the city of Chicago and her very Cheeky year.

Cheeky: What advice would you give to women who think that they can’t have it all?

Bethenny Frankel: I would say you can have it all, but you can’t have it all at once. I don’t have it all. I have a lot of great things, but in one moment I have stresses in my business, in another moment I have stresses as a mother, and in another moment, I have stresses as a wife. I think it’s really a game of balance and trying to keep the ball in the air.

Cheeky: Through that stress, what keeps you going?

BF: It’s different things everyday. My daughter [Bryn] obviously keeps me going. But you work so hard—I’ve been doing a talk show [daytime show Bethenny] for six weeks—and it’s exhausting. You don’t exercise and you’re not eating healthy and you’re not sleeping well. But then you go out to the Hamptons and you spend time with your daughter and you take a load off and walk on the beach every day. It’s a balancing act.

Cheeky: What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

BF: I love the food. I love the energy. I love the vibe in summer and I love that people really hunker down in the winter. It’s a passionate city. Passionate about sports. Passionate about breakfast. Passionate about the outdoors when it’s nice. It’s just a very passionate city.

Cheeky: You mention Chicago breakfast. When you lived in the city did you have any go-to places?

Lou Mitchell’s was my absolute favorite restaurant.

Cheeky: You’ve done a lot in the past year. What would you say has been the Cheekiest?

BF: Well, I did something really Cheeky in the past hour…I was with some girls today who are single and they saw a cute guy who was single in the elevator. So after we got off, I went to the main desk at the hotel and asked them to go knock on his door and give him a bottle of Skinnygirl and invite him to the party tonight. Apparently he had some work event, but we’ll see if he comes!

Check out the photos from the Michigan Avenue retro-inspired cover shoot and read Bethenny’s feature article by clicking here.


About the Author: Kristen Mitchell

Born and raised in a suburb just outside of Chicago, Kristen is no stranger to this city’s Cheekiness. After a four-year retreat to rural Indiana, she graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Spanish.