‘Real Housewives’ Star Aviva Drescher: I Have to Do My Own Hair and Makeup! (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sure, castmembers of the Real Housewives franchise tend to live the fabulous life. But as Aviva Drescher reveals, the show isn’t all glitz and glamor.

In fact, in an exclusive interview with Celebuzz, the Real Housewives of New York City star — who officially joins the show tonight — confessed the production company in charge of the show does not provide hair and makeup for nearly all of their appearances, and that she has to fend for herself around 90 percent of the time.

“I think its unconscionable.” she said with a laugh. “It’s awful. What I’ve made from the show and what I’ve had to spend on hair and makeup … It’s a good thing my husband makes the money around here, because I would not be doing a very good job.”

All jokes aside, having to shell out cash to look good for the show is trumped by Aviva’s desire to get the word out about an issue that is very near and dear to her heart: promoting the cause of amputees.

When the blond socialite was six years old she lost her left leg below the knee in a tragic farming accident.

“Before I did this show, I would help people one-on-one, new amputees especially women,” said Aviva, who, at age six, lost her left leg below the knee in a tragic farming accident. (More on that here.) “If I can reach hundreds — or even thousands — of women who are amputees or have limitations, and can do appearances and speak before people to help them, then all the pain and all the humiliation will be worth it.”

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Monday nights at 9/8C on Bravo.