Don't let this beautiful face and fabulous figure fool you! Jaci's true beauty comes from within. This woman has a heart (and clothing budget) as big as her native Texas.
The most fascinating thing about Jaci is that she is an international player. She is too big to be compartmentalized to Washington. As a matter-of-fact, Jaci and her husband Morris don't even show up on the antiquated "A-List" of old money DC that Washington Life magazine compliles each year. Big deal. She doesn't need it. She's too busy entertaining 'Sting', and the rest of Hollywood and the music industry to care.
Move over, Bethanny. Meet Ashley Taylor.
If OC, Atlanta, and New York can have the token single girl then we can, too!
If Ashley came on board, she'd be amongst the ranks of Ramona and Kelly of the New York Housewives. No, not because she's wild-eyed crazy (i.e. Ramona) or has an over inflated ego (i.e. Kelly), which those who know her say she is absolutely neither. It just so happens that Ashley works as a jewelry designer with her famous grandmother, Ann Hand, pictured with Ashley's grandfather, Lloyd Hand, on the right.
Before I reveal my next choice of Housewife I need to clarify something to those of you that do not live here. With the exception of Ashley and Jaci, these other women will come from the outlying areas. First of all, most of the very wealthy live in places like McLean, VA, Potomac, MD, Alexandria, VA. and Great Falls, VA. The wealthy, 'horsey' people that this area is known for live in Middleburg, Virginia, a small village about 30 miles outside of DC. Think rolling hills of Britain, foxhunting, Jackie Kennedy and you've got Middleburg to a 't'.
horse farm in Middleburg, Virginia
So, with that said, allow me to introduce to you my third pick for the Housewives of DC, Robin Keys.
Well, I'll have those naysayers know that we've had at least one Miss USA and one Mrs. America. And since this is the Real Housewives and I've already picked the single girl already, I would pick Laurett Arenz, Mrs. America 2002.
I love this woman. I haven't talked to her in a while, so part of me wonders if maybe she is actually on the show. It would make sense, plus she's always being asked to do things similar. The other part of me says 'no way', she'd never agree to this. She is so incredibly nice that she wouldn't last 2 seconds with the likes of people that Bravo normally picks for the Housewives shows.
Laurett has a million, kazillion, kids. Okay, I'm probably exaggerating, but she does have about a half a dozen, and she handles her brood much, much better than Alex and Simon manage their two. And all the while looking glamorous. Take that haters!
My final choice is one of my dearest friends, Pat Skantze. In the DC social scene , she is THE Queen. Everyone adores this woman.
And although I have known her for 8 years I don't know her exact age, and would never dream of asking her. (She is a former runner-up in the Miss Alabama pageant)
What I do know is that she is considered by many to be the most glamorous woman in town. She is always meticulously turned out from head to toe. When she walks into the room, everything stops. People who know her rush to her side. I've seen people wait in line to talk to her.
Men stop whatever they are doing to hold doors open, get her a drink. And yes, I'm talking young men, as well as old men and every age in between.
Pat oozes charm and class. I've watched her treat the busboy and valet with the same respect and kindness that most people reserve for Heads of State and Ambassadors.
She is very much sought after as a Chairperson for many events and galas. I've had the privilege of working with Pat on several of these, as well as serve on the Women's Committee of the Washington Ballet. Every one knows that if they want a successful, prosperous event that Pat is the perfect chair. Why? Because no one can say 'no' to her.
Now, wouldn't you agree that Pat would be a perfect addition to the 'cast'? What better person to teach young women that they can be young, vital and beautiful all of their lives.
I must admit that Pat is my favorite pick. She is proof that their really is life after 45!
So, there you have it. My list for the 'perfect cast' of the Real Housewives of DC.
Imagine the money raised, the good deeds done, the random acts of kindness and general positive influence that the world could see if these ladies were put to the test. For once, just once, the nation would get to see hardworking women who get along, working for positive issues and the greater good, instead of what they see on the evening news that normally comes out of Washington.
But alas, that doesn't sell. Instead it's the back-biting, tantrum-throwing, every word bleeped out that makes for 'good' television.
You'd never,ever, see Pat Skantze or Jaci Reed withdraw their hand from someone, as 'low' as a chauffer and demand to be called Mrs. Somebody (ala the 'Countess' on New York Housewives). Because fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, all of the above ladies have way too much class to make for 'good television.'
Who would YOU like to see on the show if Housewives was coming to YOUR town?