Sonja Morgan, born (November 25, 1963), is a fixture of New York City society, running in social circles that include European royalty, business moguls, and top-notch designers. Born Sonja Tremont as the eldest of four children in Albany, New York, her early life started with beauty pageants and modeling internationally. After receiving a contract with an Italian modeling agency, Morgan attended New York's Fashion Institute of Technology to earn a Bachelors degree in marketing, and hence secured a position in the garment industry. She then operated an Olgivy & Mather award winning French designer store Arlequin Boutique (for Marketing) on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Having jet-setted around the world and modeled in Paris and Milan, continued to flex her marketing skills and worked for multiple restaurants, hotels, and other luxury brands across the country as a consultant such as The Plaza Hotel and often brought in her famous friends to spice up these locales after the openings. It is here she first earned the moniker "The Straw That Stirs The Drink" John H. Mariani, author and Food and Travel Correspondent for Esquire Magazine, It was also in the early nineties that Donald Trump said "Sonja is the glue!" Maintaining her fashion flair Sonja was featured in the gold standard The New York Sunday Styles by Bill Cunningham in 1997 and voted Top 21 Best Dressed by New York Magazine in 2011. She was a Star Magazine Fashion Critic until the magazine ended the feature in 2012. Sonja has graced the cover of several magazines incuding Social Life Magazine, K9 Magazine, and Latino Show Magazine in 2015.
Sonja is the ex-wife of John Adams Morgan, one of five sons of Henry S. Morgan (whose grandfather founded J.P. Morgan & Company), and Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and is now the divorced mother of their fourteen-year-old daughter. Sonja loves art, decorating, gardening, skiing, tennis, entertaining, and visiting France every chance she gets – be it for her charity work or just for pleasure as she owns a home in the South of France. She also owns a home in Telluride, Colorado where she enjoys gardening and skiing.
In 2014, Sonja demonstrated, in several appearances, her toaster oven and her famous, groundbreaking recipes that Tina Fey shouted out on 30 Rock. She also shares her recipes on her You Tube Channel, Website and through her newsletter to the viewers delight. She decided to not go into full production with her toaster oven as she was told by the Department Stores and Branding experts she had a fashion lifestyle brand that should start with a fashion item rather than an appliance. Sonja Home will debut her home goods and appliances at a later date.
Sonja has been working since she was 14 years-old, Sonja is also a movie producer (The Marsh starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker of The Last King of Scotland and Gabrielle Anwar of Burn Notice and Tudors) and has projects coming out in the near future related to her International Fashion Lifestyle Brand. Her glamorous life, however, has not been void of trouble. Her production company, Sonja Productions, LLC, was sued by Hannibal Pictures. Inc for breach of contract claiming that she agreed to finance their film, then backed out. The courts tragically ruled in favor of Hannibal Pictures, Inc over a movie that was never made and ordered Sonja to pay. Sonja then filed an appeal that Hannibal pictures, Inc was not incorporated when signing the one month deal memo as they claimed.
Sonja serves as an inspiration to many who watch her as she manages and navigates with grace (and sometimes drama and tears) through divorce, single motherhood, and financial difficulties, against all odds. She is currently still starring in the New York series of the Real Housewives which will air Season 7, April 2015 .
In 2015 Sonja launched Sonja Morgan New York in a jewelry and fashion show for New York Fashion Week to rave reviews and with the support of New York's movers and shakers, stylists, designers, and socialites sitting front row.