Jill Zarin catapulted to fame as one of the original cast members of The Real Housewives of New York City, showcasing her inimitable moxie over the course of four seasons and helping establishing the brand as a reality television juggernaut. Read More >
The Bravo network franchise, with versions set in Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, Melbourne, Washington, D.C., and Miami, currently enjoys syndication in 120 countries worldwide and enchants new generations of viewers on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon. But before she was a Real Housewife, amassing more than a million followers across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, she was a savvy businesswoman and marketing consultant with a background in retailing. Now an entrepreneurial powerhouse, with personal brands including the Skweez Couture shapewear line and the Jill Zarin Jewelry Collection, she blends her worldwide television success with lucrative forays into product design and personal branding, even co-authoring a book (with her mother and sister), the bestselling Secrets of a Jewish Mother. "You can do it all," quips the deliciously loquacious New York native, "you just can't do it all at once."
Zarin was born and raised in Woodmere, New York and graduated from Simmons College School of Retail Management in Boston. She began her career as an assistant buyer at the Filene's department store and went on to become the National Sales Manager and Vice President of Great American Knitting Mills Jockey division. After marrying textile magnate Bobby Zarin, owner of the Zarin Fabric Warehouse on the Lower East Side of New York City, she became a marketing consultant to that company, parlaying her Real Housewives experience to promote his brand as well as her own burgeoning namesake lines. In addition to her shapewear and jewelry lines, she launched the Jill Zarin Home Bedding Collection, sold exclusively at Bed Bath and Beyond, and became a spokesperson for Streit's Matzos, the Kosher grocer since 1925.
She makes regular appearances on other TV shows — including a season-long stint on Celebrity Wife Swap and a guest judgeship on Iron Chef — and is a frequent talk-show guest, dropping by The Today Show, The View and Extra, among many others, for unforgettably sharp (and often hilarious) perspective on subjects ranging from politics and pop culture to caregiving, motherhood, marriage and more. Next she adds screen acting to her growing portfolio of expertise, appearing in the forthcoming horror opus Night of the Wild, from the producers of Sharknado.
Having honed her chops in the Lower East Side garment trade and on the set of The Real Housewives of New York City, doing battle with such formidable forces as Bethenny Frankel and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Zarin emerges as an American original whose speaking abilities combine the no-nonsense boldness of the best motivational speakers with the chutzpah-laden hilarity of Joan Rivers and the commonsense wisdom of the ultimate mother. In her unforgettable, highly practical presentations targeted to universities, corporations, women's groups and international and religious organizations, Zarin imparts life lessons and entrepreneurial guidance gleaned from every aspect of her well-rounded life and career.
One of the most fascinating personalities working today — someone whose Real Housewives experience is just one facet of a sparkling career that defies easy categorization — Zarin is a self-proclaimed "wife, mother, daughter, best friend and businesswoman" whose informal stories and conversations consistently surprise, challenge and delight every audience she encounters. Read Less ^