Braunwyn Widham-Burke just launched a jewelry line – but her foray into fashion isn’t all about glitz and glamour. It’s for a good cause.
The 43-year-old reality star, who came out as a lesbian in December 2020, has teamed up with Blue Blood Metal to create necklaces and bracelets that are not only very chic, but also benefit LGBTQ+ youth.
“Showing your support as an ally is important. And things like wearing a t-shirt or wearing a piece of jewelry makes a difference,” said the Real Housewives of Orange County star said We Weekly in an exclusive interview. “It lets someone know that you’re safe, that you’re a safe person…I think something like a necklace or a bracelet shows that I see you and support you.”
In fact, the collection is something of a full-loop moment for the reality star. Founder of Blue Blood Metal, Stephanie Schultzsent Windham-Burke a vintage rainbow necklace in 2020, just after the reality star came out, “in the hopes it would mean something to someone.”
Fast forward a year, and the two have teamed up to create a 13-piece collection that directly benefits the PFLAG Newport Beach Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ+ students.
And truth be told, showing your support has never looked so stylish! The Amplified Voices collection, which ranges in price from $85 to $265, includes a handful of chic Chanel button necklaces – with the classic CC logo – in a variety of rainbow designs. The line also includes two bracelets.
While anyone can hit the add to cart button at bluebloodmetal.com, Windham-Burke is sending out a few special parts to The Real Housewives of New Yorkthis is Leah McSweeney, The Real Housewives of New Jerseyit’s Marguerite Josephs and The Real Housewives of Salt Lake Cityit’s heather gay.
“I would say those were the three housewives who supported me the most when I came out,” the Bravo star said. We. “It’s my way of thanking them.”
And their friendship goes way beyond the surface. “Leah, Heather, Margaret and I are friends in real life, not just Instagram friends – like real I-see-you-in-person friends. Like, I’m calling you and I’m like, “What the hell is that?” friends,” she shared. “They were so supportive of me at a time when I needed it.”
In the same vein, Windham-Burke wants to be a support system for other members of the queer community. “The most important part of all of this is that representation matters. When people come up to us and just say, ‘Thank you for sharing your story,’ that’s what matters,” she said. Elegant.
The Bravo star continued, “As Housewives, we are gifted with this amazing platform. For most of us, this happens overnight. And to be able to do something that I’m so passionate about, that means so much to me and my family, it’s just such an honor.