From Rich Kids of Beverly Hills to Famously Single, Dorothy Wang is no stranger to reality TV. But there’s more to her than meets the eye. From her successes and hardships as an entrepreneur in the fashion and wines/spirits realm, Wang is also passionate about giving back to her community and furthering her goal of sitting behind the camera this time. Here, Wang shares her side of the story and what you don’t see on TV.
Cliché: Everyone knows about your involvement with Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, but now you’ve moved onto E!’s Famously Single. Can you tell us a bit about your experience and how being on this show compares to Rich Kids?
Dorothy Wang: Well, when I was approached to do Famously Single, I was very hesitant to be thrown into a house with strangers. I was very nervous about being taken out of my natural surroundings and having to live in a loft with seven other strangers. In the end, I did feel like this was going to be such a different experience for me and I love to challenge myself. I like to be comfortable, but there’s also a side of me that likes to test myself and challenge myself with new opportunities that come my way.
I decided to do it and I was so surprised! The show harbors a really fun and supportive environment. People are coming on to work together to better themselves to reach an end goal and it really brought us all close together very quickly. I am a little judgmental and I didn’t think I’d get along with anyone, but ultimately I really did. This type of show was really different from filming RKOBH, but it was extremely refreshing. I decided it was a different environment and nobody felt they were in a competition. Everyone went in trying to make the most of the situation. Everyone wanted to support each other and go on this journey together rather than wanting to fight or bring people down or feeling competitive.
What did Famously Single teach you about yourself? Would you say these experiences actually helped you in your love life?
I feel like I learned a lot on Famously Single. You really are forced to examine how you are and how your behavior affects the relationships you are in or the relationships you don’t get in. I think the biggest reality check for me was the first couple of days. It takes a lot for me to warm up to someone. I’m very honest and take my time with people. I am the type of person who you may take longer to warm up to, but once you’re in my life, you’re in my life forever. I’d rather take my time to get to know people instead of being too nice in the beginning and not being genuine. I don’t generally put myself in situations with new people. With the house, it was a shock to people and to me as well. Nobody liked me until the third day! That really taught me a lot because I am so protective of myself that I am unintentionally warding off a lot of potential relationships and friendships with people because of my hard exterior.
Would you say it’s something you would do again?
It was totally exhausting being that vulnerable. It takes a lot to open up about certain insecurities; it was mentally and emotionally draining. I think it was really enjoyable and I did learn a lot about myself and other people. I wouldn’t say that I wouldn’t do it again, but I don’t know. I think I’d have to see! It was a lot of fun. I would do it again if I could get my own bathroom.
Let’s talk fashion. You’ve seen quite the amount of success with Fabuluxe, and now I hear that you’re looking to expand? What are some new things fans of the brand can look forward to?
I have wanted to expand my jewelry line for quite some time now. I haven’t gotten around to it yet. For me, and especially with all of the products that I create, I need to make sure everything is perfect and I want to commit 100% of my time to it. I haven’t yet created a second collection for it. It’s on the list of things I want to do! Hopefully, in the next couple of months, I’ll be able to carve out the time I need to in order to create the second line.
I am the type of person who you may take longer to warm up to, but once you’re in my life, you’re in my life forever.
he blinged-out pink and the metallic bottles of your brand Rich and Bubbly are probably one the most stylish champagne bottles I’ve ever seen. Can we expect continued growth from you within the wine and spirits realm?
Thank you! I would love to be able to grow in the wine and spirits realm. I’d love to do champagne glasses or ice buckets. Never say never! To expand, it does take time. It is a blessing and a curse to be so specific with what I want to do and my brand. I need to be involved in every step of the way and there are only so many hours in the day.
Being an entrepreneur has its challenges. What has been the hardest thing about being a #GirlBoss? The most rewarding?
The hardest part of being a #GirlBoss is that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and you have to be the bad guy. It is easy for people to look down on you and say how difficult you are to work with. But I think that in order to be a real #GirlBoss, you have to be passionate and outspoken and get upset when things don’t go how they should! The hardest part is nobody is going to care more about your brand and your business than yourself. You have to keep fighting and pushing and speak your mind and make those tough decisions! The most rewarding part is knowing that it is something you were able to create and achieve on your own. Even being able to wake up every day and being able to promote yourself and your brand it is something to be applauded.
You’ve been fortunate enough to have so much and be involved in so many things, and I know you’ve dedicated some time to giving back. Can you speak a bit on that?
Growing up, my parents made sure my sister and I knew how fortunate we were and that we didn’t live in a bubble where everyone is just like us. We weren’t guarded or sheltered by the real world or how things are for some people. It was something that was very important to my parents to instill in us. Every vacation, we did community service, visited orphanages in China, and worked with the school of the blind and the deaf. From that, my sister and I have always been very aware of how lucky we are, and how much work goes into helping those who are less fortunate.
In terms of philanthropy or community service, sometimes people think it has to be this very serious thing. It can hinder people from doing as much as they can because they feel like they can’t be enjoying their life to the fullest if they want to give back. There’s no shame in living your life in the way you have worked to be able to. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. A lot of times, people think community service isn’t fun. I always try to make it fun or do something that’s a fun event people want to go to, like a blood drive or a fun day in the park! When I volunteer with a children’s hospital, I take a group of friends with me. It doesn’t have to be such a serious thing. It makes you feel good and like you’re doing something good for others.
The hardest part of being a #GirlBoss is that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and you have to be the bad guy.
What’s your next biggest venture that everyone should be on the lookout for?
Right now, I am at a unique point in my career. I feel like I am able to pick and choose what I want to do and what is interesting to me and my fans and followers and what they might enjoy the most. I have always been very interested in food, travel, and lifestyle. I want to do something with production as well as it has always been so interesting to me! If I could tell you what my next ONE big venture is, I honestly couldn’t because I have so many potential things that I can’t really choose one. We will just have to see!
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Dorothy Wang Opens Up About Being on ‘Famously Single’: Photographer: Ryan West, Makeup: Arianna Garcia, Hair: David Keough, Styling: Rebecca Gross