On Nov. 20, Dorinda Medley opened up about her journey to accept and love herself by comparing a side-by-side photo of herself unfiltered at age 55 in 2019 and today at age 58.
The former RHONY star wrote that she originally posted an unfiltered photo of herself at age 55 in October 2019 because she was “tired of seeing posts that were picture perfect” and wanted to show an accurate photo of a woman her age. Next to that photo, Medley posted an unfiltered photo of her current self and wrote in the caption everything that had happened over the past three years.
“Since the first picture was taken,” she wrote in part. “I was put on ‘Pause’, I wrote a book, we went through Covid and quarantine, I worked with beautiful and successful brands, I filmed #RHUGT at my home, Bluestone Manor, I got the successful @bluestonemanor_bourbon , I have my own radio show on @radioandysxm.”
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In addition to listing her business accomplishments, Medley wrote in the caption that she spent quality time with friends and family, strengthening some bonds while other friendships “slipped away.”[ped] gone.” She said, “I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve struggled, I’ve grown,” and wrote that she’s better able to prioritize her life and feel ready for the next chapter.
The RHONY star wrote that she feels happy and has accepted herself unconditionally in every way: “Physically, Mentally, Spiritually.” She concluded by repeating her 2019 caption, “I accepted me, the 58-year-old me and I love every bit of it.”
Medley received a lot of love from fans in the comments to her post and some of the “Real Housewives” co-stars and former students also shared their support for her candid post. The “Real Housewives of Miami” star Alexia Nepola wrote, “Beauty Love you and your message.” RHOA alum Eva Marcille wrote, “Yesssss beautiful.” Whitney Rose from RHOSLC commented, “Beautiful. Love your message.”
As Medley mentioned in her caption, she was “put on hiatus” from RHONY after Season 12, but recently asked Bravo head, Andy Cohen, about her hiatus from the show.
During a panel at this year’s BravoCon in New York City, Medley asked the WWHL host, “When are you going to bring Dorinda Medley out of recess and hit play?” Cohen replied to the reality star that her “time is coming,” hinting to fans that he would be open to her returning to the screen.
Since her departure from RHONY, Medley returned to the Real Housewives universe earlier this year when she appeared on Season 2 of “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip”, which appeared on Peacock. The second series of the hit spin-off was filmed at her Massachusetts home, Bluestone Manor.
Earlier this year, Bravo announced that RHONY would undergo a shakeup, with a series reboot featuring an all-new diverse cast. In addition, another RHONY titled “Legacy” would take place with several fan-favorite alums. While the final show’s cast has not yet been announced, some have speculated that it could feature Medley.
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