Sonja Morgan Bio
Luxury Fashion Lifestyle Brand Entrepreneur, Mother,
Fashion House, Writer, Film Producer, Performer, Special Event Creator, Philanthropist
CareerLong before Sonja became a household name from her television appearances, she was a “mover and shaker” among New York City high-rollers and international jet-setters. Sonja was working towards her bachelor’s in marketing at The Fashion Institute of Technology and in-between her studies, she travelled the globe as a fashion model and actress. While making her home base New York City she also lived and worked in California, Colorado, Italy, and France. Sonja was voted Top 21 Best Dressed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by New York Magazine 2011 and was a Weekly Star Magazine Fashion Critic. After pursuing fashion retailing and wholesale in New York’s Garment District, Sonja became a Restaurant/Hotel and Fashion Luxury Brand Consultant for top establishments across the country. Whether representing an Italian custom tailor or consulting a new hot spot for Donald Trump, Sonja was the go to “it girl.” Her international client-base relied on the expertise and guidance she provided. Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque said “very few people have her talent in our business.” In fact John H. Mariani, author and Food and Travel Correspondent for Esquire Magazine, labeled her as "The Straw that Stirs the Drink” in the early 90’s. This is a moniker that still holds true today across the storyboards of Sonja’s life and career.
EntertainerSonja has been named favorite NY Housewife on Watch What Happens Live by Andy Cohen, favorite Housewife of the entire franchise by Tina Fey, made Perez Hilton's All Time Favorite Housewives List and is an NBC All Star. Sonja’s keen eye for business opportunities led her to The Real Housewives of NYC, the highest rated franchise and only international Housewife show on Bravo in 128 countries. She initially turned down the offer to join season one’s cast on the hit reality show, but joined two years later for the third season. October 2015 Sonja filmed season 8, which aired April 6, 2016. Sonja has been in the NBC Universal family for over 6 years and has been invited year after year to the advertising upfronts and is considered a most relatable housewife.
Film ProducerPrior to joining The Real Housewives of New York City, Sonja had been writing her biographical screenplay, a la Candace Bushnell’s Sex in The City, and produced her multi-million dollar film, The Marsh, starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker of The Last King of Scotland and Gabrielle Anwar of the Tudors and Burn Notice. By partnering with Bravo of NBC Universal, and going back in front of the camera unscripted Sonja is now part of the most successful commercial vehicle on television today.
PerformerSonja’s personal motto is, “Live each day as if you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” A lover of the arts, Sonja loves spending her free time entertaining others by performing in her self named "Caburlesque" shows. Her continuous development of her Sonja In The City Special Events seen frequently on The Real Housewives of New York City and in society pages due to her philanthropic efforts reflect this motto.
EntrepreneurSonja approaches her business plans conservatively to deliver the quality that her international client-base expects from her. She has been careful as Founder and President of her fashion lifestyle brand Sonja Morgan Brands as it grows to sequence it properly with a long term business plan. She’s added her own style and decades of experience into the brand. Sonja is recognized as a single divorced mother with a taste for luxury balanced by her Berkshire sensibilities. She has continuously proven that it’s not what you spend, but how you choose and how you use it that makes the difference. Her “luxury for less” suggestions have inspired many and been made accessible to front row fashionista's, her jet set clients, and career woman by incorporating these philosophies into her top of the line Sonja Morgan New York Fashion and Jewelry. Her public appearances, YouTube videos, editorials, magazine covers, online website, blog, podcast and newsletter provide access internationally and sets her brand as a luxury fashion house that is reasonably priced for the quality and fit. It is a timeless, season less, ageless collection. Eventually under Sonja Morgan Brands, Sonja will launch other collections so that everyone who wants a taste of Sonja Style will have it!
Personal LifeAs a young professional, Sonja broke off her six-year engagement with Italian Count Pierfrancesco, who she lived with between Rome, Italy, and Park Avenue, Manhattan. The tabloids covered her escapades with famous and influential men, including Prince Albert of Monaco, comedian Richard Lewis, rock legend Eric Clapton and tennis star John McEnroe. It was with banker John Adams Morgan, descendant of financier J.P. Morgan and U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, that Sonja met her match. Their "merger" resulted in a seven-year business relationship, a decade long marriage and a beautiful daughter, now 15 years old.
Fashion IconVoted one of the Top 21 Most Stylish at Fashion Week 2010 by New York magazine, Sonja professionally began her start in fashion as a young model for top designers in Milan and Paris. When she returned to America, she became the curator, buyer, and marketing arm of Arlequin, her boutique that won the Ogilvy and Mather Award. Having studied for her bachelor's in Marketing at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Sonja counts many top designers and stylists as close friends. As the fan favorite of RHONY, she continues to prove herself as a true fashion icon wearing costumes designed by Chris March and Patricia Field. She continues to be featured front row at Fashion Week and in the Sunday Styles section of the NY Times even before she became a television personality. As a fashion and lifestyle consultant, Sonja loves helping others spice it up with a little “Sonja Style!”