Reality show star Alex McCord was born in 1973 in Washington, D.C. Today, Alex is best known as one of the original cast members of The Real Housewives of New York City, but long before she ever forayed into the world of entertainment, McCord grew up in Kansas, Texas and spent some of her formative years also in the US Virgin Islands.
After studying at Northwestern University, Alex met and married Simon van Kempen in 2000. The couple moved to to New York City, where they started a family and where McCord eventually attracted the attention of producers from Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise, for the next installment of the highly successful series. The Real Housewives of New York City premiered in the spring of 2008 and followed its predecessor – The Real Housewives of Orange County.
During her tenure on the show, viewers watched with interest as Alex struggled to balance her design career, social interests, and charity obligations with her family. Although McCord left the show in its fourth season, she signed with New York Model Management following her departure, and so today Alex can be seen on the runway or in various print ads.
Alex McCord is still very much a fan favorite and continues to make public appearances and work in entertainment in a variety of capacities. In 2010, Alex and Simon published the book “Little Kids, Big City,” which explores what they have learned about raising children in a large, thriving city such as New York.