‘Real Housewives’ is a top-rated franchise that has several city-specific installments. Among them, one of the most loved shows is ‘The Real Housewives of New York City‘ or ‘RHONY.’ The series focuses on the professional and personal lives of some women living in New York City. Season 12 featured Leah McSweeney, the Fashion Designer from New York City who quickly became a fan favorite with her feisty nature and unfiltered charisma. We got curious to know all about her, and here is everything we found out!
Leah McSweeney’s Age, Family, and Profession
Leah McSweeney was born in New York City, New York. Her parents, Bryan and Bernadette “Bunny” McSweeney, raised her in an Irish-Italian family setting with her brother. The reality TV star was expelled at 14 from her school, Convent of the Sacred Heart Catholic all-girls school, after which their family moved to Newtown, Connecticut. Besides, Leah was involved in a violent incident with the New York Police Department in 2002 that left her with many wounds. She utilized the $75,000 settlement to launch the Married to the Mob line of feminine streetwear alongside streetwear designer Rob Cristofaro.
The brand has also partnered with Nike to produce another limited-edition sneaker. Moreover, MTTM has worked with Jessy “Nite Rider” Kennedy and French graffiti artist Fafi. Leah first appeared as a client on an episode of ‘The Millionaire Matchmaker’ in 2010. Because of the positive reviews she earned for her performance on Matchmaker, she has since made guest appearances and cameos on numerous other television shows, including VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop: New York.’
In addition, the Fashion Designer appeared in other productions, including Shade 45’s ‘Lip Service’ with Angela Yee of Power 105.1. In 2016, she began ‘Improper Etiquette’ with Laura Stylez. Leah often contributes to the website Hypebeast, where she gives opinions on parenthood, streetwear fashion, and wellness. Not just that, she contributes an advice piece to the Penthouse magazine.
Leah’s life has not always been easy; she got into hot waters and faced significant backlash for the article, ‘Can We Talk About Toxic Femininity?‘ which she wrote for the Penthouse magazine, where she criticized #MeToo Movement pioneers Rose, McGowan and Asia Argento. Later, the 40-year-old reality TV star appeared on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’ and ‘The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.’ Besides that, Leah has her own podcast, ‘The Real MC Sweeney Show,’ and is the founder of Happy Place.
Is Leah McSweeney Married?
Despite being in many committed relationships, Leah has never been married. She is truly her own boss on both personal and professional fronts. Leah founded her clothing brand, Married to the Mob, with Rob Cristofaro in 2004. Currently, she is a single mother to a 12-year-old daughter, Kier Marie (pet name Kiki) – with ex-boyfriend Rob Cristofaro – whom she often posts about; the mother-daughter duo is very close.
In an interview with Highsnobiety, Leah said, “I idolized women who were in traditionally male roles. That was always very alluring to me. Women who acted like “men.”It looked like a lot more fun, and I thought, “That looks like something I want to be doing.” Leah is a feminist, a supporter of mental health, and a fashion designer devoted to building her company. Since she has gained popularity, her brand is now doing very well. Evidently, the ‘Chaos Theory’ author doesn’t need a man to be happy and has been doing a great job as a single parent.