Blunt Blondes in Texas? Controversial Big Rich Texas Stars Bonnie Blossman and Whitney Whatley
Just what America needs, another reality TV show based on women interacting with other women and how much they...a-hem...get along. That's what I thought when I first saw the commercial for the Style Network's Big Rich Texas. And because it airs right after Jerseylicious, which I'm proudly glued to every Sunday, I decided to watch. What I saw wasn't exactly earth shattering and yet, I kept watching. Despite my eye rolls during the beauty pageant and scoffs at tennis lessons at the country club, there I was watching, and recapping the episode with friends, no less. Two of the characters that I found particularly interesting were the sassy mother-and-daughter duo of Bon Blossman and Whitney Whatley. Far from wallflowers, the pair has seemed to garner the majority of repsonse - good or bad, love 'em or hate 'em - in regards the show. It's funny how speaking your mind can be so controversial, but below, mom and daughter do just that, antagonizing some, possibly. Bringing us back for more, definitely! Catch Bonnie and Whitney and the rest of the Dallas elite cast on Big Rich Texas, Sundays at 9/8c on The Style Network.
24-7 Style: There is WAY more to you than meets the eye – accomplished writer, C.E.O., college professor – do you feel you are accurately portrayed on Big Rich Texas?
Bon: NO! I am not portrayed at 100%, not at all, but I am quite all right with that. I would have liked for the viewers to see the polar opposite side of me but instead, they only see the fun, non serious side of me. I love to refer to myself as a female Peter Pan and that sums me up pretty well. With that said, many of the viewers might think I am not that intelligent but my IQ is actually 1 point away from a 'genius.' Maybe if I had something to eat before the test that day, I could have made it to the esteemed title?
24-7 Style: You are definitely not the type of woman to sit back and be content with someone else planning your future. Where does that “take charge, make-it-or-break-it" attitude come from?
Bon: My entire life, I have had an 'issue' with authority. Whatever gene controls 'being on top of the world', I have it. I think Whitney inherited it, actually. As a teen, this was a very difficult trait to control but as an adult, I think I have harnessed it for 'good.' At least for now. I hold back from world domination (pinkie finger slowly rising to the corner of my mouth). That was a joke.
24-7 Style: What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
Bon: My proudest accomplishment is having two wonderful children and a loving husband. My family is definitely the accomplishment that I cherish the most.
24-7 Style: So….how many tattoos do you have and what exactly is going on with the one on your foot constantly blurred by the camera?
Whitney: I have fifteen tattoos and counting. The one on my foot was a dare when I was 18 and it is a constant debate in the Blossman household on what I will do with it. I've had a laser treatment for lips and now it's time for boobs.
24-7 Style: Do you ever feel any pressure to achieve the same level of success that your mother has?
Whitney: Yes, plus more. I am always in competition with my mother. She rocks. She is the bomb.com.
24-7 Style: Your blossoming romance with Tyler proved upsetting to Kalyn…what was more fun – the first date or getting under her skin a bit?
Whitney: The first date was really awkward, so I would say getting under Kalyn’s skin was better because I like to push people’s buttons to see how far I can take it. I love to get a rise out of people and see their reactions.
24-7 Style: Although the show is still relatively new, do either of you foster any regrets towards baring all for America to see?
Bon: Not one regret in the world. You live once and my motto is "Never give up, conquer all." This is just one of my conquests. There might be a ton of haters posting mean things about us on the internet but I just try to ignore it. I'm not on television trying to be something I am not or trying to portray myself as a supermodel. If somebody posts that my hair looks horrible or that I look plastic or have had a bad nose job (insert giggle here, I've never had any surgery on my face), it doesn't bother me in the least! I even have people trying to downplay my accomplishments but that is just absurd. You can't take them away from me, even with a nasty Facebook or Twitter post! With that said, the thing I love the most about the new-found fame is the ability to meet so many genuine and absolutely fabulous people. There are tons more positive people in the world and I won't stop until I've met them all! All right, maybe there is not time to meet about 5 billion people. At least I will try to! I also am excited to use this to do some good in the world. I'd like to spend more time helping others in need. That is why Whit and I have our interests in The Trevor Project. I also plan to offer my help to raise money for the Association for Women in Science as well as some other well deserved charities.
Whitney: F*ck no.
24-7 Style: There has already been quite a bit of cattiness this season. Are there any moments that you think some of the ladies and daughters are playing into that drama for the cameras?
Bon: Well, let us just say that with a few exceptions of some what appeared to be 'acting moments' in some shots, I believe it is the OPPOSITE! I can only really speak for the moms but I think that some of us are trying to act 'better' on camera than they actually do act in real life. In time, the camera catches all and if it didn't get you the first season...it will get you the second or third or whatever! Those with guards up trying to be something they are not will eventually be revealed. I don't have a problem being who I am. If somebody is catty to me, I'll come right back at you with a counter. Maybe after a couple of drinks, however, my cattiness becomes kind of 'dumb' with the 'I'm sorry you are not as hot as me' comment that I made. It makes me laugh that I said that and then proceeded to try to force Mr. Scoma to agree with me...sigh once again...I'm a better debater when I'm clear headed!
Whitney: Next question…
24-7 Style: Neither one of you really seems to be a carbon copy of the stereotypical Texas-girl mold, which most of the other cast members seem to fit into nicely. Are you striving to be different or just striving to be true to who you are?
Bon: Ironically, we’re both native Texans so we should be the stereotype for the most part. But I can see how if we were Germans, Asians or Pacific Islanders, neither of us would fit in to any stereotype. I’m more than alright with that. I like being different. I like being me at the end of the day.
Whitney: Who says that a Texas girl is that mold? That’s just putting people into a stereotype. I don’t try to be like anybody. I live the way I want to live. If I want to wear something, I will wear it and if you don’t like it, kiss my a** homegirl.
24-7 Style: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Bon: I take Cartman from Southpark’s motto as advice: “Whateva, I do what I want.”
Whitney: Everybody learns it in kindergarten, “treat others how you want to be treated.”