‘Real Housewives’ Star Alexia Echevarria: “I’m the Hispanic Version of Barbie!”

Alexia Echevarria is one of the leading ladies on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Miami (premiering Tuesday, February 22 at 10 p.m.). We caught up with the self-proclaimed Cuban Barbie to get the inside scoop on the all-new season. Get ready for some bilingual drama! 

Tell us about your roots.

I was born and raised here. My mother and father are both Cuban and I was raised by my Cuban grandmother in Miami. I’m very Cuban!

The Real Housewives of Miami hasn’t even premiered yet and already you have a nickname.  What's the story?

I think it’s cute because it’s a compliment—Barbie is beautiful. She’s blond, blue-eyed, and tall. Everybody always tells me, ‘you remind me of a Barbie,’ and I always say, ‘Well, the Hispanic version of the Barbie— the fuller version! {Laughs}.

How does The Real Housewives of Miami depict you?

They’re going to show that I’m first and foremost a mother to two beautiful boys—18 and 14, and that I’m the editor of Venue magazine—a bi-monthly publication in Spanish featuring the hottest celebrities in movies and soap operas. I’m also the wife of a prominent businessman here in Miami, so you’ll see me in the social scene. We go to a lot of social activities, and do a lot of community work.

What’s your personality like?

I haven’t seen the show yet—we filmed it about a year ago. I don’t know if I’m funny. I’m actually kind of shy when I’m around the other ladies because I didn’t know them well enough. I guess we’ll have to see how the viewers feel about me—I’m very nice and easygoing and sweet and friendly—but I always say don’t confuse niceness with weakness, because I’m not weak at all.

Uh-oh. Is this season going to be as dramatic as past ones?

Yeah. When there are six ladies together, with six different personalities and six different egos, there will always be drama!

Does any of the fighting go down in Spanish?

There's going to be subtitles. It’s funny!

Because there are four Latinas this season —and there are never Latinas on these shows—will there be extra flair?

It is going to have a Latin flair. For example, I had a party here at my house and I wanted to have a Cuban aspect to it. So my husband roasted a pig. That’s the type of food that I grew up with. Everything has a flair to it—from the music, to the events that we go to, to the way that we speak. I talk a lot with my hands! And because it’s in Miami, I think we had to have a true representation of Miami—and a true representation of Miami would have Latinas in it, because Latin culture is huge here.