AceShowbiz - Jackie Goldschneider isn't impressed by Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl. In a new interview, Jackie, who has been open about her lifelong struggles with an eating disorder, blasted the former "The Real Housewives of New York City" star for creating a brand marketed after a thin female physique.
"Bethenny has Skinnygirl, and I've got a very strong opinion on this one because I say, 'F**k marketing skinny,' " Jackie told Page Six's Evan Real and Danny Murphy during a live taping of the "Virtual Reali-Tea" podcast at City Winery in New York City on Monday, December 5.
Not mincing her words, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star continued, "I'm sick of f**king marketing skinny. I don't want to drink something because it's going to keep me skinny, so f**k you, Bethenny. F**k your skinny brand. That's how I really feel."
In response to Jackie's strong remarks, Bethenny's representative told the news outlet, "Bethenny has personal experience with this topic and speaks about it in detail in her book 'Naturally Thin' and 'Business Is Personal.' "
The rep added, "Jackie has reached out to Bethenny and corresponded several times, so it's interesting that she didn't reach out there. She is very engaged and connected to her audience. Bethenny wishes Jackie well on her personal and business journey!"
Jackie got candid about her battle against anorexia on "RHONJ". She also documented her recovery journey in season 12 of the Bravo reality TV show. "I have expanded to a team, instead of just the one therapist," the Housewife shared back in April. "So I speak to my therapist twice a week, I speak to a medical nutritionist once a week and I have a women's wellness physician." The TV star went on to say that she had "put on weight" and was "out of the danger zone in terms of health problems."
Later in June, Jackie revealed in another interview that while she was recovering well, things weren't as easy as she hoped that it would be. "I thought I would just start eating more and everything would come together, but there's been a lot of hurdles for me, so I'm definitely, like, well on my way, a thousand times better than I was last year, but I do have issues," she elaborated.
Back in 2018, Bethenny explained why she intentionally put the words "skinny" and "girl" together for her brand. "It's sort of indulgent and flirtatious, and she's very aspirational," she explained at the NCA State of the Industry Conference. She also insisted that the name "hasn't really been an issue" among consumers.
"[Skinnygirl] is about how you feel, and it accentuates a positive state of mind," Bethenny said. "Women of all ages, races and sizes do love that."