Sonja Morgan Bio
Luxury Fashion Lifestyle Brand, Entrepreneur, Mother,
Author, Producer, Performer, Entertainer, Philanthropist
Long before Sonja became a household name from her television appearances, she was a “mover and shaker” among New York City high-rollers and international jet-setters. Sonja was working towards her bachelor’s in marketing at The Fashion Institute of Technology and in-between her studies, she travelled the globe as a fashion model and actress. While making her home base New York City, she also lived and worked in California, Colorado, Italy, and France. Sonja was voted Top 21 Best Dressed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by New York Magazine 2011 and was a Weekly Star Magazine Fashion Critic.
After pursuing fashion retailing and wholesale in New York’s Garment District, Sonja became a Restaurant/Hotel and Luxury Brand Consultant for top establishments across the country. Whether representing an Italian custom tailor or consulting a new hot spot for Donald Trump, Sonja was the go to “it girl.”
Her international client-base relied on the expertise and guidance she provided. Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque said “very few people have her talent in our business.” In fact John H. Mariani, author and Food and Travel Correspondent for Esquire Magazine, labeled her as “The Straw that Stirs the Drink” in the early 90’s. This is a moniker that still holds true today across the storyboards of Sonja’s life and career.
Sonja, a luxury brand consultant, with Donald Trump at The Plaza Hotel who, at his wedding to Marla Maples, said, “Sonja is the glue.”
Quest Magazine Editorial image from magazine featuring clients including David Koch, Donald Trump, Carl Ichan, Alfred Taubman.
Sonja has been named favorite NY Housewife on Watch What Happens Live by Andy Cohen, favorite Housewife of the entire franchise by Tina Fey, made Perez Hilton’s All Time Favorite Housewives List and is an NBC All Star.
Sonja’s keen eye for business opportunities led her to The Real Housewives of NYC, the highest rated franchise and only international Housewife show on Bravo in 128 countries. She initially turned down the offer to join season one’s cast on the hit reality show, but joined two years later for the third season. October 2014 Sonja films season 7, which will air summer 2015. Sonja has been in the NBC Universal family for over 5 years and has been invited year after year to the advertising upfronts and is considered a most relatable housewife.
Prior to joining, Sonja had been writing her biographical screenplay, a la Candace Bushnell’s Sex in The City, and producing her multi-million dollar film, The Marsh, starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker of The Last King of Scotland and Gabrielle Anwar of the Tudors and Burn Notice. By partnering with Bravo of NBC Universal, Sonja is now part of the most successful commercial vehicle on television today.
Sonja’s personal motto is, “Live each day as if you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” A lover of the arts, Sonja loves spending her free time entertaining others by performing in caburlesque shows. Her continuous efforts to develop her , Sonja In The City Special Events - which she writes, produces and performs for – and her home, fashion, and beauty umbrella, Sonja Innovative Living which is an international fashion lifestyle brand reflect this outlook.
Sonja approaches her business plans conservatively to deliver the quality that her client-base expects from her. She has been careful with her emerging fashion lifestyle brand as it grows through partnerships. She’s added her own sensibilities into the brand through her public appearances, YouTube videos, editorials, magazine covers, online website, blog, and newsletter.
Sonja is recognized as a single divorced mother with a taste for luxury balanced by her Berkshire sensibilities. She has continuously proven that it’s not what you spend, but how you choose and how you use it that makes the difference. Her “luxury for less” suggestions have inspired many and been made accessible to her followers by incorporating these philosophies into her business ventures.
Sonja making a full house public Appearance at The Morgan Library, former home of John Pierpont Morgan (JPM), with Barry Weiss of Storage Wars and Dean Norris of Breaking Bad (2012)
Sonja shares her red carpet ready tips and toaster oven recipes at The Learning Annex (2012)
Sonja shares her hair and beauty tips on The Rachael Ray Show
Sonja shares her recipes at The Culinary Center at Macy’s Herald Square NYC and then her fashion and beauty secrets on the third floor where she signs autographs
Sonja highlights her all encompassing fashion lifestyle brand in OK Magazine
Sonja graces two covers of Social Life Magazine, which caters to wealthy Hamptonites
As a young professional, Sonja broke off her six-year engagement with Italian Count Pierfrancesco, who she lived with between Rome, Italy, and Park Avenue, Manhattan. The tabloids covered her escapades with famous and influential men, including Prince Albert of Monaco, comedian Richard Lewis, rock legend Eric Clapton and tennis star John McEnroe. It was with banker John Adams Morgan, descendant of financier J.P. Morgan and U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, that Sonja met her match. Their “merger” resulted in a seven-year business relationship, a decade long marriage and a beautiful daughter, now 14 years old.
Sonja with her daughter and ex-husband John Adams Morgan
New York Post’s page six article about Sonja and Prince Albert of Monaco
New York Daily News piece about Sonja and John McEnroe
Voted one of the Top 21 Most Stylish at Fashion Week 2010 by New York magazine, Sonja professionally began her start in fashion as a young model for top designers in Milan and Paris. When she returned to America, she became the curator, buyer, and marketing arm of Arlequin, her boutique that won the Ogilvy and Mather Award. Having studied for her bachelor’s in Marketing at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Sonja counts many top designers and stylists as close friends. As the fan favorite of RHONY, she continues to prove herself as a true fashion icon wearing costumes designed by Chris March and Patricia Field. She continues to be featured front row at Fashion Week and in the Sunday Styles section of the NY Times even before she became a television personality. As a fashion and lifestyle consultant, Sonja loves helping others spice it up with a little “Sonja Style!”
Early on Bill Cunningham features a young not yet married Sonja in the gold standard New York Times, The Sunday Styles (1997)
Sonja, dressed in Hermès, attends Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Fall Sonja was named Top 20 Best Dressed by New York Magazine (2013)
Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Sonja and her friend Michael Lorber, star of Million Dollar Listing New York, sit front row at Daisy Fuentes, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Sonja, a longtime supporter of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, supports cancer research by attending her friend Denise Rich’s Angel Ball at Cipriani
In typical Sonja Style, Sonja attends charity events with her fashionably dressed pets and a fascinator in her hair
Sonja is an outspoken advocate for the arts, children, animals, and LGBT community. Charities she’s involved with include New Yorkers for Children, The Princess Grace Foundation, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, ASPCA and GLAAD. She was honored alongside Mira Sorvino as a “Singular Sensation” at the St. Regis Hotel in 1995 and several other times since for her philanthropic contributions. In 2011, Sonja was awarded the Broadway Speaks Out Hero Award that benefits the Ali Fornay Center for her continuous support towards the LGBT youth. Sonja has been on the board of American Friends of Blérancourt the only French American Museum in the world, for more than 15 years. Blerancourt is formerly Ann Morgan, the daughter of JPM’s chateau outside Paris that she donated to France.
Sonja enjoys spending time with her daughter, and family and friends, gardening, cooking, entertaining, skiing, tennis, ice skating, traveling and learning new cultures.
Sonja at the Princess Grace Awards with Kathy Hilton, Ann Hearst, Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, which she attended again in 2010
Sonja at the Hetrick Martin Institute for LGBTQ at Risk
Sonja presenting an award at a GLAAD Benefit
“Singular Sensations” honors Sonja Morgan at the St Regis (1995)