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'Real Girlfriends in Paris': Fans find Anya Firestone 'pretentious' as she gives off 'fake #EmilyInParis vibes'

Fans are not liking Anya Firestone as she comes across 'uptight' during season premiere of 'Real Girlfriends in Paris'
Anya Firestone in a still from 'Real Girlfriends in Paris' (Bravo)
Anya Firestone in a still from 'Real Girlfriends in Paris' (Bravo)

PARIS, FRANCE: Anya Firestone from Bravo's 'Real Girlfriends in Paris' may be the closest thing France has to a real-life 'Marvelous Mrs Maisel' since she fosters her younger American friends, provides intelligent dating advice and is even skilled with a wrench. However, many who saw the series premiere on Monday did not buy her entire Parisian vibe.

The season premiere of Bravo's highly anticipated series 'Real Girlfriends In Paris' took place on Monday. The title indicates that the show is a forerunner to something like 'Real Housewives of Paris', but in tone and structure, it is more like 'Emily in Paris', a Netflix series. Bravo viewers undoubtedly saw parallels to the network's canceled cult hit 'Gallery Girls' which chronicled a group of determined young women attempting to break into the New York City art world. While the similarity between the latest Bravo series and Netflix's 'Emily in Paris' has been widely circulated since its announcement, viewers are particularly unhappy with this show's 'Emily' aka Anya.


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Anya Firestone in 'Real Girlfriends in Paris' Season premiere (Bravo)
Anya Firestone in 'Real Girlfriends in Paris' (Bravo)

Anya Firestone, who has been in Paris for over a decade, acts as a type of den mother, providing guidance, holding Friendsgivings, and even repairing a bothersome fridge when maintenance refuses to arrive. Although she is licensed by the French government to give tours at every historical and cultural site in Paris, Anya's passion project is Mason Firestone, her company that “curates out-of-the-box and out-of-the-boutique experiences poised to amplify brand identity through cultural engagement.”

Despite her ability to mentor fellow cast members Victoria Zito, Adja Toure, Kacey Margo, and Margaux Lignel, Anya's friendship with fellow New Yorker Emily Gorelik is definitely unique. Emily, the youngest of the friends, strives to establish her own way in Paris while performing professional obligations for her mother's interior design firm. Emily would need her pal more than ever when she begins a prominent internship in the fashion sector (for which she has no expertise!).

Anya is the oldest of the girls. She is no longer dating and is engaged to Matthieu Rasset. She has advanced to the next level of her life. Furthermore, she is planning her wedding while also attempting to establish her cultural business. Viewers will watch her seek out the most prestigious fashion firms, art galleries, and museums in Paris, attempting to sell her Mason Firestone concept in a city that frequently says no. Despite her excitement for others to witness what she goes through to establish her business, it doesn't seem like fans are interested.

After seeing Anya be her Parisian self, a fan wrote, "Anya is pretentious, no? #realgirlfriendsinparis." Some fans feel Anya is the kind of person who might not be liked by all, "#realgirlfriendsinparis ok but having also lived in Paris, Anya would be hated by all the Parisian women… needs to take it down a notch."

Calling her fake, one fan tweeted: "Anya is giving Fake #EmilyInParis Vibes and I don't like it. #RealGirlfriendsInParis." Also, criticizing Anya for overcharging her touring services, another fan wrote, "500 euros for a tour?! Her voice would make me want my money back #RealGirlfriendsInParis."





Calling her out on her habit of calling people 'thin', one fan wrote, "Anya is obsessed with calling people thin @BravoTV #rgip." While labeling her as a potential con artist, another fan wrote, "In the best way possible, anya seems like she would make a kick a** con artist that swindles old men for millions #rgip."

Some fans also felt Anya has come across as too uptight in the season premiere, "So far, Anya seems too uptight. Too perfect? Trying too hard? We love the girlfriends of color, of course. #RGIP They seem like tiny people with tiny dogs in tiny apartments who have put themselves in a beautiful city that eats people alive who don’t succeed…"

Another fan while throwing a shade on her wrote, "#RGIP i may have to be in a difft mood to watch. I passed after I saw Anya carrying her pup in a shopping basket."





'Real Girlfriends in Paris' airs on Bravo every Monday at 9 pm ET/PT.

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