Crystal Kung-Minkoff certainly has a bank account to match her wealthy co-stars on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” But, when it came to her style, she felt she was lacking in the area after being added to the always-fashionable cast in 2020 for its upcoming 11th season.
During an interview with The Wrap, via Yahoo! Entertainment, Kung-Minkoff, who admitted to being a “natural person” who loves to lounge around her Los Angeles mansion in pajamas, said she often stressed about keeping up with her stylish co-stars.
Crystal Kung-Minkoff Stressed About Her Style Choices
“I think it was my most nerve-wracking part of the experience,” Kung-Minkoff admitted. “I think I lost sleep the first couple weeks, like, ‘What am I gonna wear tomorrow? What is everybody going to show up in?’ I just admire the girls; they are so fabulous. You just feel like you’re constantly at like a fashion show.”
Crystal Kung-Minoff Didn’t Shy Away From Race Conversations
In addition to experiencing fun moments with her “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast mates, Kung-Minkoff also hoped to educate her co-stars, and viewers of the show, about her Asian culture during filming.
“Racism is a systemic problem. It’s a collective problem and it should be resolved in a collective way,” Kung-Minkoff said. “To move the needle, it has to be done sort of gently; I think people get scared to talk about things and so they get defensive. My point of view is really to just share my stories, and my parties and my culture, and food. And, you know, if the conversation comes up, I never shy away from it.”
Crystal Kung-Minkoff Hopes To Educate
“I want people to know that they can talk to me in an open way without judgment,” she continued. “I want to know about your history, too. You know, it’s not just about minority history; everyone has a story. So, I think that’s the only way to really get there with some people. But yeah, it can be very tough topic, for sure. But I don’t feel the responsibility of [educating people about other cultures]. I just I do it because I want to share.”
Kung-Minkoff is native Angeleno who is married to “The Lion King” filmmaker Rob Minkoff.
She’s also the mom of two mixed-raced children, son Max and daughter Zoe.
Crystal Kung-Minkoff’s Kids Are Half-Jewish
“Having kids who are mixed, with two very long lineages/history is really meaningful to our family,” Kung-Minkoff stated. “Even though I’m 100%, Chinese, when you have kids are half-Jewish, you feel the responsibility to represent that side as well.”
To see more of Kung-Minkoff, her family, and her cast mates, don’t miss the season 11 premiere of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” next Wednesday night, May 19, at 9/8c on Bravo.
To find out what the ladies of the show had to say when asked about their first impressions of Kung-Minkoff, check out the article below.