While "The Real Housewives of Vancouver," which started its second season this week, can be entertaining, it certainly doesn't reflect the real women of the city. To fix that, blogger Melissa Carr decided to showcase the REAL real housewives of Vancouver.

"We are hard-working, naturally beautiful, philanthropic, intelligent and value-driven mothers, wives and business people who kick serious ASS!" explained Carr, a writer and communications professional who runs The Thirties Grind. "I wanted to offer every single Vancouver woman who wanted to share their awesomeness with the world a venue to do so. It's not a TV show but it's something."

Since August 2012, Carr has featured 24 women on her popular blog. Along with their photo, the women have volunteered to answer the same questionnaire that applicants to the TV show have filled out.

The questions include:

  • What characteristics define the Vancouver housewife?

  • Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?

  • Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?

  • Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?

  • Do you have "staff" in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)

The real women profiled by Carr range from stay-at-home moms who started their own businesses to high-powered executives. Funny enough, it seems the only common characteristic they'll all admit to is wearing yoga pants.

Carr, who also blogs for The Huffington Post B.C., says she's met some of the Real Housewives stars and they're "actually lovely."

Check out some of the REAL real housewives of Vancouver:

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  • Stephanie Radivo

    Some real Vancouver women answer actual questions posed to applicants for the reality TV show "The Real Housewives Of Vancouver." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/08/real-housewives-of-vancouver-profiles_n_2641508.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">Read more here</a>. <em>What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife? </em> Sarcasm and attitude without a doubt. In order to live in this city you need at least 5 umbrellas, a MEC raincoat, a pair of Hunters, a specialized light for seasonal affective disorder and a muddy buddy for your child. You all know what I am talking about!

  • Amy Lee

    <em>Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?</em> Nope, nope, and no. What is Restalyne? When I was younger, I did consider getting a facelift when I'm 60 (if needed), but now that I have a daughter, I do question what message that is sending her. Shouldn’t we teach our kids to appreciate our own unique beauty and know we are perfect just as God made us?

  • Emily Wright

    <em>What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?</em> </a>Yoga pants and ponytails. In my neighbourhood, the paradox of expensive strollers being pulled out of the trunks of Hyundais or wheeled out of three-storey walk-up rental buildings. Organic groceries and $12 bottles of wine. Ennui.

  • Jen Schaeffers

    <em>Do you have "staff" in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)</em> As a working mom of two children, help is a must! We have a dog walker who comes twice a week and a wonderful cleaner who comes twice a month to clean the stuff I loathe cleaning – bathtubs, showers, toilets, stove top etc.

  • Eschelle Westwood

    <em>Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?</em> I am unsure what a good/bad one would be but I would definitely say that I am a unique one. I say thing mainly because both my fiancée and I are very young. I got pregnant at 19, he was only 20 at the time, once he was born I was 20 and “hubs” was 21. We had been together a couple of years before getting pregnant and were in no way ready for a kid, I never think you ever really are ready.

  • Connie Peters

    <em>Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it? </em> I’ve definitely considered Botox, and I’ll go when the time arises for sure.

  • Sarah Blackmore

    <em>What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?</em> It depends on the situation! For me, I would say, hardworking (you gotta be, it costs so much to live here!), outdoorsy, the willingness to don yoga pants for any given occasion, and passionate about their city.

  • Stephanie Von Dehn Schick

    Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why? If being a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife involves being a surgically enhanced fashionista, then No…. I am not a good example…..I proudly represent the other subset of Vancouver Housewives who prefer to wear jeans and T-shirts and who model the “just got out of bed and haven’t had time for a shower or makeup” look.Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why? If being a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife involves being a surgically enhanced fashionista, then no, I am not a good example. I proudly represent the other subset of Vancouver Housewives who prefer to wear jeans and T-shirts and who model the "just got out of bed and haven’t had time for a shower or makeup" look.

  • Bianca Bujan

    <em>Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?</em> I do love me a good pair of yoga pants, and I definitely drink my share of lattes, but that’s probably where the buck stops for me. I’m a huge carnivore (also known as the BBQ master in my house), and am not a huge fan of tofu and couscous. I have only recently taken to exercising (slowly working on becoming a barre star).

  • Taslim Jaffer

    <em>Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?</em> I am most proud of how I am stepping into who I truly am after years of being unsure of what that meant. I left a steady, lucrative career and started all over again, following my dreams of becoming a published writer. And I published my first book within one year of making that decision.

  • Lisa Corriveau

    <em>Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?</em> I’ve never had any cosmetic procedures, but I do have a dozen piercings & several tattoos with plans to get more ink. From the stats I’ve read & the skin I’ve seen this summer, I think tattoos & piercings are a lot more common than nose jobs & face-freezing in Vancouver.

  • Justine Boulin

    <em>Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?</em> Stuff?? I have a mountain buggy stroller that’s worth $800.. yet I wear old navy jeans. Does that count? I honestly don’t have a lot of stuff. I don’t collect anything and I hate clutter so am constantly getting rid of things.

  • Brandee Villauz Foster

    <em>Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?</em> Yes, I love my Starbucks, but I only wear my Lulus to work out in, and don’t drive an SUV. I will admit, though, that I got a gorgeous Coach purse for Christmas from my husband, but before that I had a little “purse” that clipped on to my diaper bag (you know, the one I haven’t carried in about 2 years). I don’t do yoga though, and there is nothing about me that would ever have you mistaking me for a "housewife."


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