Bravo turns the girls next door into ‘Princesses: Long Island’

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30:  (L-R) Joey Lauren, Amanda Bertoncini, Casey Cohen, Ashlee White, Chanel 'Coco' Omari, and Erica Gimbel of 'The Princesses Of Long Island' visit 'Extra' in Times Square on May 30, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
From left, Joey Lauren, Amanda Bertoncini, Casey Cohen, Ashlee White, Chanel ‘Coco’ Omari and Erica Gimbel of “The Princesses of Long Island.” Credit: Getty Images

Bravo’s newest group under the microscope is a group of six well-off ladies living at home on Long Island. But the young women of “Princesses: Long Island” want you to know that beneath the label bags and the Jimmy Choos are six girls just trying to make it in the world. Here’s a look at each of them.

Joey Lauren, 30, Freeport
Joey moved out of the city and back with mom and dad after getting her heart broken. She’s currently working on growing her business, Kissamint LLC, which packages lip gloss and breath fresheners together in one unit.
Where to find her on a summer day: Field 4 at Jones Beach
On potential suitors from outside Nassau County: “If I was trying to find love that wouldn’t matter to me.”

Chanel (Coco) Omari, 28, Great Neck
Chanel grew up in a modern Orthodox Jewish family and dreams of one day becoming a talk show host.
On moving back home: “We went through what everybody went through with the economic crisis. We all lived in the city at some point; we all tried to manage, and we couldn’t, so we had to move back home. It doesn’t mean that we’re all not trying to find our independence.”

Ashlee White, 30, Roslyn
Though she loves living at home with her best friends (her parents), Ashlee looks forward to the day that she can be a stay-at-home mom and treat her husband like royalty. Fun fact: Her parents have a pool in the shape of an Absolut bottle.
This ain’t no “Jersey Shore”: “Right now everyone is getting to know our names, and I can’t wait for them to really know our stories, because we’re so relatable, and once they hear our stories, the stereotypes I feel like will just disappear.”

Erica Gimbel, 29, Old Westbury
Erica loves singing, dancing, hitting the beach and spoiling her two Cavalier King Charles spaniels.
Mall day or beach day? “Roosevelt Field stresses me out. Me and Amanda can be seen on the beach with SPF maybe 4 or 8 with sunshields.”
On being a “Princess”: “We’re all very comfortable in our own skin, and we’re all confident and unapologetic on who we are.”

Casey Cohen, 28, Jericho
The leggy blonde is probably the least Long Island of the bunch — she spends her days working up a sweat at SoulCyle and lounging at the SoHo house rooftop. At night, she waitresses at trendy Meatpacking spot 1Oak.
On relying on her girlfriends: “Every girl wants to be a princess. I want to find that prince but I haven’t, so we have each other to go through that process.”

Amanda Bertoncini, 27, Great Neck
Amanda lives with her mom and runs her company, The Drink Hanky, which makes beverage sleeves to keep drinks warm and cool. She met her main squeeze, Jeff, on the Long Island Railroad.
Where to find her this summer: “I love Long Beach.”
No horse-drawn carriage for her: “This princess rides the subway. I just have no patience. I just want to get there. When I drive in the city, I just want to, like, run over someone. Not literally.”
Why you’ll like them: “We’re just witty, and not only gorgeous, but we’re smart and we all have big hearts.”

“Princesses: Long Island” premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

Follow Meredith Engel on Twitter at @MeredithAtMetro.


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