Dorothy Wang may be known for her affluence, but her identity is far more complex. She’s a daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur, world traveler, insta-celeb, reality star and more. Vulkan sat down with the budding starlet to get the inside scoop on what her journey has been like thus far.
You’re known for your affluence, but your identity is far more complex. You’re a daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur, world traveler, insta-celeb, reality star and more. Which title are you most proud of?
I’m very flattered! Each of those titles is very important. I’m most proud that I am an entrepreneur. I just knew that I was going to have my own business one day and build my own brand. It’s cool that I ended up making that happen.
Do you have you any plans to add to this list?
I think that the future is still bright for me. I’d love to have a production company and be a producer for TV shows. I’d love to take a cooking class and add chef to that list. One day, when I get married and have kids, I’ll be a wife and mother.
Last week, it was announced that “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” would not be returning for another season. How does the end of what was originally dubbed the “Dorothy and Morgan Project” make you feel?
I think that it was a really sad goodbye for us. It was a huge part of my life and a project that I came up with after college. We had 4 amazing seasons with 3 years of our lives and our fans loved to watch us, but we all knew it was time to move on. We became close to our production crew but we all have different ventures now. Personally, it was hard on me because I felt like we left our fans wanting more. It may be the end of “RKBH,” but it isn’t the end for any of us.
How do you feel you’ve changed between the first and last season of the show? Which aspects of being on reality TV have accounted for these changes?
I think that I grew up a lot and learned a lot about myself. Being on reality TV, you get to see how you are and how people react to you. On season 4, I learned to be a little softer and not be quick tempered and sharp tongued. I would have sassy comments and I didn’t know that my sassy comments would hurt people. I didn’t mean to use them in a malicious way. Being on a show like this, I learned to take the high road. My integrity and morals are way more important.
Many critics have accused “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” of being a far stretch from reality. To what extent is that true?
I think that those opinions are subjective. Everyone comes from a different background and lifestyle. And I don’t think that because ours might seem more extravagant that it isn’t real. These are our real lives! Granted, I understand that most of the world doesn’t live like us, but a life like ours does exist. It’s the only story that we can tell because this is how we grew up.
If you could edit out a certain scene or scene(s) from past episodes, which would you choose and why do you regret it?
I don’t think that I did anything I’m not proud of. I would edit out scenes where my friends would mistakenly accuse me of things that they later on found out were never true. I would also edit out when my friends weren’t enjoying the China trip, and some of the comments that were made about the food and culture there.
You have recently signed to star on the next season of “Famously Single,” which is a reality TV show about your perpetual single status. What do you hope to gain from this experience? Who or what would it take to get you to settle down?
I did sign on to star on “Famously Single.” This was a big step to open up my personal life and focus on what my dating issues are. I’m not going into the show thinking that I’m going to find love. I think I’ll learn a lot about myself, the reasons why I’m single, and what I’m looking for in a guy. I am very picky and it’s really hard to find someone that I’m interested in. Through this process, I hope to pinpoint certain characteristics that are important to me in a guy. Right now, I don’t have anyone in my little world that I would like to date and be in a relationship with. So, after this show, I hope to travel outside of just my immediate circle.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
OMG, I am really embarrassed about this question because if they see this and I run into them I think it would be awkward. My top “celebrity crushes” would be Bradly Cooper and Channing Tatum. And who doesn’t love the Hemsworth brothers?
Do you think men might be intimidated by your success and go-getter attitude?
Sometimes, the world that I come from intimidates guys. I’m also a little closed off and sassy. You never know what will come out of my mouth. I think that makes people a little uneasy because I’m not as warm and friendly to new people as I should be. It’s a defense mechanism that I have developed from how I grew up and from being on “RKBH.” It’s important to protect myself and I think that it is one of the bigger issues I will have to work on with the therapist on “Famously Single.”
You are working hard on your Fabuluxe line of jewelry and on your Rich and Bubbly champagne brand. What are your goals for both projects?
I would love to do a second collection from my jewelry line that is for everyday wear…stackable rings, necklaces, and body chains. With everything that I do, I want to take my time and find the right team to make quality products. For Rich & Bubbly, I would like it to be distributed in stores. Right now, it’s available online from my website and the manufacturer’s website.
What is the most valuable lesson your father, Chinese billionaire Roger Wang, has imparted on you?
My dad gives me a lot of advice. He always tells me to take my time and slow down. I’m impatient when it comes to my work and businesses, so he tells me to not force anything. When he was my age, he was far from being successful still. He tells me to love what I do so that you would never feel like you work a day in your life.
You are deeply proud of your Chinese heritage and are connected to the country, even bringing your friends to visit on an episode of “RKBH.” The president Xi Jinping has encouraged the fuerdai (privileged second generation) to remember where their money comes from and live a positive life. Do you feel committed to that? If so, how?
I do, because in China, there is a movement of the fuerdai, which is the second generation. They are the generation that spends their parents’ money and document it on social media. It’s frowned upon by the Chinese government. I’m not going to lie, I have a great life because of what my dad has accomplished. Even though I do Instagram and have nice things, I don’t take it for granted for a second. Just like the president said, ‘always remember where your money comes from’ and I’m very aware that it’s my father’s money. It’s important to me to work and create my own success. Even though I did grow up with money, it doesn’t stop me from wanting to create my own legacy.
How have you used your insta-fame to make the world a better place?
For me, I think its is important to show people that just because you are rich and famous that you have to act differently or be a certain way. People are surprised that I do normal things like go to the supermarket by myself. I think that people can hopefully see that I have a strong head on my shoulders. I’m well educated and close with my family. My goal is to be able to show people you can be famous and be a real person. You can still achieve everything that you want by having morals and a good character.
What are your tips for always getting the best #selfie?
The lighting on a selfie is the most important thing. Don’t be afraid to turn around the find the right lighting and angle.
You love to travel and did so frequently on “RKBH.” Which is your favorite destination and why?
I loved going to China. During that time, it was tough because my friends didn’t enjoy it. But I loved to be able to show it to my viewers. London and The Bahamas were also my favorite places.
What are your three travel essentials?
I use meditation tapes to sleep. Being able to sleep at the right time in the time zone of your destination is the best way to avoid getting jetlagged. I like to be comfortable, cute, and casual on the plane, so I wear a good pair of sneakers and sweat suit. A good book is a great essential to bring. Lastly, I bring eye cream, face lotion/serum, or a facemask to avoid skin dehydration.
You have mentioned in many interviews that you love to bake and cook. Can you share your secret go-to recipe?
One of my favorite things to bake is banana bread. I make it with almond flour so that it’s low in carbs and high in protein. There is no added sugar in it. The more ripe the bananas, the sweeter your bread will be. The ingredients are: almond flour, bananas, a little maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs (you can leave the eggs out just add a little more coconut oil), dairy and soy free chocolate chips, and whole walnuts.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Hennadiy Kvasov
MAKEUP ARTIST: Elena Shumaneva
HAIR STYLIST: Ava Mihaljevich
STYLIST: Michael St. Michael
Interviewed by Margaux Cassuto
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