September 28, 2011
Aviva Drescher: Real Housewives’ Bravest Star s
The Real Housewives of New York City’s new star overcame the physical and psychological scars of a horrible childhood accident to become a top model, loving wife and doting mom.
Backstabbing friends, bickering husbands and finding a fabulous designer handbag are some of the “hardships” faced by the women of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise. But Aviva Drescher, who Star can confirm will be one of the new cast members one the NYC series, experienced, and overcame, a horrifying real-life tragedy before she was even a teen.
Aviva, 41- one of three new women reported to be replacing Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Cindy Barshop, Alex McCord and Jill Zarin on the series—was just 6 years old when her left foot got caught in a barn-cleaning machine’s conveyor belt at her family’s upstate New York dairy farm in 1977. Rescue workers spent “three hourssawing free my mangled, manure-ridden leg,” she later revealed, but gangrene eventually set in, and her food and ankle had to be amputated two months later.
“Being an amputee was not, and has never been, a dominating factor in my life,” says the 5’10” beauty, who was a successful model before studying law—and even chose to have another six inches of her left leg removed in 1997 to accommodate a newer more lifelike prosthetic.
“Aviva is the strongest, most resilient and brilliant person ever,” her close friend, author Jill Kargman, tells Star. “She’s warm and nurturing, but she doesn’t deal in BS. She tells it like it is. She’s everything a modern woman should be, and she’s going to be a wonderful addition to the show.”
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