For the past week, my lunches have consisted of:
1 bowl of salad
4 slices of cantaloupe (with prosciutto, of course)
1 pack of Wholly Guacamole and tortilla chips
1 glass of coconut water
40 minutes of commercial-less The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills via YouTube
I’m not a major fan of reality TV, probably due to the Kardashian cult followings and Real Housewife drama that is associated with the genre, but I do enjoy the lesser known shows such as Chrisley Knows Best and Gulianna and Bill that possess greater depth than serving as a means to create instant celebrities–which leads to a sad truth about our society. We are up-to-date with the latest news on the Solange/Jay-Z brawl and read People like a newspaper, but we get uncomfortable when people speak about Gaza and The New York Times? Is that a new sitcom or a watch brand?
So, I surprised myself when I sat through the entire first season of The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, which follows the lives of six 20-somethings who, hence the title, are the children of millionaires and billionaires residing in Beverly Hills. Wealth, Instagram, “selfie,” Twitter, hashtags, private jets, zip codes and the word “Fabuluxe” are mentioned in practically every episode, and allowances are probably more than your house and your mother’s house combined. So why would someone so anti-reality star be tuned into this show? Two words: EJ Johnson.
EJ Johnson (designer purse in tote) isn’t just introduced on the show. No. He’s thrown into the mix of rich kids (who the audience has already gotten to know on a more personal level) and gives off this “you know me” attitude that–surprise, surprise–gets the audience to say: “Oh, right! That’s the fabulous EJ Johnson.”
It’s this level of confidence that draws in viewers to the show. Each episode you’re sitting there thinking “where’s the fabulous EJ?” or “where can I find a best friend like EJ?” Really!
With a purse collection (Hermes, Chanel…you name it) that vastly outshines mine, a wardrobe filled with furs and Birkins, and a perfected runway walk, EJ isn’t just threads and a pretty face. He’s funny. He’s charismatic. He’s got spirit. He puts the real in reality television. And, above all, he’s confident.
In an interview with Wendy Williams (see it here), he lends more insight into his personal life–being the son of Magic Johnson and all–and lets his personality shine. Williams remarks how her backstage staff was overjoyed to have him to which EJ tells her “I love it. Thank you for having me! It’s my dream come true,” before delving into his best “how you doing?” Williams impersonation. Going off of what I said earlier, he’s polite and dances to the beat of his own drum…again, two other characteristics that super confident people share.
Apart from being the resident Glamazon of Beverly Hills, EJ is a student at NYU and a trend setter:
Photos courtesy of Pinterest
Whether he’s repping 90210, strutting the streets of NYC, or with the Fashion Police, EJ Johnson is definitely going to be a fashion icon of my generation.