Tinsley Mortimer is an American socialite and television personality best known to television viewers for starring in the Bravo docu-reality series The Real Housewives of New York City, joining the show in Season 9.
Tinsley Randolph Mercer Mortimer joins The Real Housewives of New York City this season with a touch of Southern charm and a whole lot of socialite glamour.
Tinsley hails from Virginia and spent her childhood years growing up at Graymont, the Mercer family house in Richmond. She then attended boarding school at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where she met her first husband, Topper Mortimer.
Together, the high school sweethearts moved to New York City, where Tinsley attended Columbia University and graduated with a degree in art history.
As soon as Tinsley landed in New York, her blonde hair, Southern belle charm, and personal branding abilities propelled her into high society. After working at Vogue, she transitioned to a career in public relations.
Always an entrepreneur at heart, Tinsley built a successful personal brand that was launched with a line of handbags, Samantha Thavasa by Tinsley Mortimer, and then a clothing collection, Riccimie by Tinsley Mortimer, which was sold exclusively in Japan.
Tinsley then became the beauty ambassador for the iconic French fashion design house of Christian Dior and helped to create a lip gloss coined Tinsley Pink.
Tinsley made her mark in society and built a global personal brand that led to her TV debut in the season premiere of Gossip Girl, the launch of a tabletop collection, and the release of her debut novel, Southern Charm.
But the fairytale came to an end when her marriage to Topper fell apart. She decided to take a sabbatical from the fast-paced and overwhelming New York City lifestyle that she created for herself with a respite in Palm Beach.
In 2016, after a much-needed break and time to reflect on her accomplishments, she was encouraged by friend Sonja Morgan to return New York. She is thrilled to reenter the New York social scene alongside her friends and begin the next chapter of her life.
Tinsley is here to prove that there is more to her than meets the eye.