Martina Navratilova’s partner Julia Lemigova, the first openly gay Housewife, will make her reality debut in The Real Housewives of Miami in two weeks.
While previous members of the franchise like Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Brandi Glanville have come forward as part of the LGBTQ+ community, the 49-year-old star is the first to identify as queer from her first season.
In the new tear-filled teaser trailer for RHOM, Julia appears to avoid the drama as her costars like Larsa Pippen and Adriana de Moura face off, as she is seen kissing her tennis ace wife Martina.
Making history: Martina Navratilova’s wife Julia Lemigova, the first openly gay Housewife, will make her reality debut in The Real Housewives of Miami in two weeks (seen in teaser above)
New edition: Lemigova (left), who was once Miss USSR, is part of the cast of the revival of The Real Housewives Of Miami (pictured with wife Martina Navratilova, right, in 2019)
While she makes several cameos in the teaser, the preview mostly surrounds drama between many of the women and Pippen.
Julia, who was once Miss USSR, was announced as part of the cast of the revival of The Real Housewives Of Miami in late October.
Martina and Julia are both from the old Eastern Bloc – the tennis star was from communist Czechoslovakia and her wife from the Soviet Union.
Blend of the new and old: The series will star returning Housewives Alexia Echevarria, Lisa Hochstein and Larsa Pippen as well as Guerdy Abraira, Julia Lemigova and Dr. Nicole Martin
‘I suppose our similar Eastern European backgrounds provided the connection at first,’ Julia later reflected to the Daily Mail. ‘There was a lot in common. I remember her being very funny, and us just laughing a lot.’
Born to a Red Army colonel father in Moscow, Julia became Miss USSR in 1990 just one year before the country disintegrated.
Julia is one of the three new faces joining the cast as a Housewife, alongside event planner Guerdy Abraira and anesthesiologist Nicole Martin.
At one point, Adriana de Moura ruthlessly slammed Larsa Pippen for ‘trying to be the new Kim Kardashian.’
Model: The former Russian beauty queen is married to Navratilova, who was hailed as one of the top female tennis players in the world in the late 1970s and early 1980s
Unbelievable: In the preview, Pippen was ruthlessly slammed by Adriana de Moura for ‘trying to be the new Kim Kardashian’
The original winner in 1990 was a Belorussian girl named Maria Kezha, but when she was disqualified Julia took the title.
Julia, who also enjoyed a career as a nude model before her marriage, went onto be second runner-up for Miss Universe 1991.
She shifted her professional life to western Europe and eventually became involved with eccentric banker Edouard Stern, one of the wealthiest men in France.
Throwback: The series originally ran for three seasons on Bravo about a decade ago; Lea Black, Joanna Krupa, Marysol Patton and Ana Quincoces are pictured on the initial run
Old faces: Larsa Pippen (right) and Alexia Echevarria (center) are returning to the show as a full Housewives while former Housewife Kiki Barth (left) will be on as a ‘friend’ (seen in July)
They had a baby son in 1999 but he died tragically of internal injuries when he was five months old, just days after Julia had hired a Bulgarian nanny who promptly disappeared following the infant’s death.
Years later she told the Daily Mail that the official investigation ‘was stopped without me being able to do any further research, so it is out of my control. You cannot force these things. We could not go any further which makes my loss even more painful.’
Edouard was discovered shot dead wearing pink latex after a sadomasochistic bondage session in his Geneva residence in 2005, and his lover Cecile Brossard was ultimately convicted of murdering him.
Remember when: Born to a Red Army colonel father in Moscow, Julia became Miss USSR in 1990 just one year before the country disintegrated; pictured in 1991 in London
Julia and Martina were involved for years before the world-famous athlete proposed on television at the U.S. Open in September 2014.
They married three months later in New York City with a guest-list of names ranging from Brooke Shields to Mayor Bill De Blasio.
Julia already had two daughters – Emma and Victoria – before meeting Martina whom she has said the children ‘adored’ from the beginning.
Her children ‘speak French between themselves, English to Martina and Russian to me,’ while Martina and Julia communicate with each other in English.
Meanwhile, in the new teaser, Adriana de Moura ruthlessly slams Pippen for ‘trying to be the new Kim Kardashian.’
Frederic Marq’s wife, who previously worked as art gallery manager, hurled the insult at Pippen during a fiery dinner party in front of the entire cast.
‘You left this group of women [after season one], come back with a butt as big as Kim Kardashian’s, trying to become the new Kim Kardashian, which you’re never going to be,’ the Brazilian model, 56, shouted from across the table.
As Pippen shot an irritated glance at the camera, while running her fingers through her hair, her costars were left speechless from de Moura’s tirade.
In the clip, Larsa admits to being ‘obsessed’ with creating content for her OnlyFans – a site most known for hosting X-rated images and videos sold to fans by sex workers and models.
‘If you’re making $10,000 a day, you’re showing more,’ Alexia Echevarria said, implying that Larsa was stripping down on the subscription-based social media platform.
The series originally ran for three seasons on Bravo from 2011 to 2013 before becoming one of the only Housewife franchises to get canceled.
However the program has been resuscitated for Peacock and will premiere in December with a new cast list reported by.
Pippen, who was only on the first season of the show during its Bravo years, is one of the old faces coming back for the reboot.
Lisa Hochstein and Alexia Echevarria, both of whom are also alumnae of the original run, are going to have Housewife status on the Peacock show too.
Fans of the original Bravo series will also be able to see a handful of familiar faces who are not returning in full Housewife capacity.
Marysol Patton, Kiki Barth and Adriana De Moura, who were Housewives on the Bravo show, will now feature in a guest star capacity known as being a ‘friend’ of the cast.
The new Russia: Julia is pictured in 1991 at a photo-call for a Littlewoods store opening in the former Leningrad which had recently had its name changed back to St. Petersburg
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