USMagazine, Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 5:40am (PDT)
I think Sonja Morgan's idea of having two looks for her photo shoot was a good one, which I encouraged her to pursue. Heather Thomson had a strong vision for the half-naked man with the toaster (which I, for one, still don't get!)
Sonja had an equally strong vision to have shots of herself alone and also separate shots of the toaster. I was surprised, though, by the choice of the male model -- I don't think he was as cut or as built as he could have been considering he was to be the focal point of the packaging. I still believe a focus group before shooting would provided the answers of what direction to take.
I was very excited about the launch of my Ramona Red Wine. The Pierre is a very special place to me, it is where Mario and I renewed our vows. This was the perfect place to host the introduction of my Sangiovese Merlot from Tuscany. It just so happened I was also on the cover of two magazines J'Adore and Millennium -- I have never been on one cover, let alone two, so I thought, why not celebrate that also?
The fact that Luann de Lesseps has no comprehension that my wine is a large business which I am passionate about and invested in just proves to me her lack of business savvy. I was so thrilled about introducing the newest addition to my Ramona wine brand -- now I have a red to complement my white. What people don't know is I enjoy my red wine as much as I do white -- I don't drink red wine in public as it would end up all over myself and friends (LOL!)
The last thing I wanted was an altercation with Heather that night. Sonja had told me that she wasn't being listened to at the photo shoot and wanted me there to make sure her voice was heard -- and told me point-blank that Heather did not want me there. Heather and I had a conversation a few weeks prior that in the future she would communicate with me, so the London scenario wouldn't be repeated. I was upset, as I felt she should have picked up the phone and said "Ramona you can be a pain in the ass, so I don't want you on the set " I felt Heather was being dishonest to me by not personally conveying I wasn't allowed to be there.
Here I was having a major launch of my Ramona Red Wine at the Pierre Hotel, and now all this drama! At this point, after watching the episode, I'm thinking Sonja may be riding both sides of the fence with me and Heather?
Avery is my biggest accomplishment and joy in life and I love spending time with her. Doing yoga with Avery was fun and I was actually so, so relaxed after. Avery gets me like no one else and we have this special bond and understanding of each other that compares to none other.
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