Why Stassi Schroeder& Ariana Madix Are Winning ‘Vanderpump Rules’* Betches

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For avid love of Vanderpump Rules ( hi ), “theres been” few greater raptures than watching the burgeoning friendship between Stassi Schroeder and Ariana Madix. They are, as Lisa Vanderpump once pointed out, two queen bees–two beautiful, sassy, blonde queen bees with devoted lovers and assassin style. It wasn’t always so easy to see what they had in common: in the early VPR years, Stassi was on full-time duty wrangling the Witches of WeHo, while Ariana was just trying to get through her new bartending gig without being shanked by Kristen. But as period went on, Stassi and Ariana have divulged their true colours as boss bitches who take no sh* t and looking after for their own. IMO, these two are winning VPR right now–in honor of these two princess’ birthdays( happy birthday Stassi and Ariana !), here’s why.

Their Boyfriends Are Obsessed With Them

Obviously, Beau Clark stole everyone’s heart this year, and doubly so if you follow him on Instagram. Yes, Beau is handsome, funny, and fits right in with the VPR mob. But “the worlds largest” adorable thing about him is how blatantly obsessed he is with Stassi. He shares #OOTD pics, acquires her elaborate, Stassiage-based breakfasts, and FaceTimes her what her hounds are up to when she’s away. I’d say he’s following the perfect lover guidebook to a tee, but frankly he’s plucking moves I hadn’t even thought of. This guy is straight-up reinventing the game.

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Then there’s Sandoval and Ariana: a relationship you might be allured to overlook exactly because it’s been so solid for so long. But this year, Sandoval honestly impressed me with how he stepped up for Ariana. These two have always been head over heels in love with each other–now, they’re learning how to face challenges as a unit. In this season’s reunion, the issue of Ariana getting married and having kids came up once again (* massive eye rolling *). Sandoval shut that cable of questioning down, and consumed no time pointing out what bullsh* t it is that Ariana is consistently asked about it. Sandoval didn’t take the opportunity to espouse his personal views about union, but instead stood up for his partner and solidified their posture as a duet. It was exactly what we need from humen in 2019, and let’s just say I’m proud of Ariana for getting him there.

They’re Making Major Professional Moves

I’ll keep this brief–I’m not trying to depress anyone, including myself. In the last year, Stassi publicized a notebook, Next Level Basic , that became a New York Times bestseller. Ariana is launching a skincare string, Facelixir, and merely bought a mansion with her bar-owning boyfriend Sandoval–so it’s safe to say this power couple did well for themselves this year. I won’t wholly therefore seems that Sandoval’s success with TomTom is due to Ariana’s influence, but let’s give at least a little credit where it’s due. Ariana has helped transform Sandoval from an over-eager cocktail aficionado into a hardworking business partner–and she’s even willing to stand up to Lisa Vanderpump to protect his honour. If Ariana doesn’t get a cut of TomTom already, perhaps she should.

They’ve Overcome Huge Personal Hurdles

Earlier this year, Ariana opened up about a scalp cancer scare. “Shes had” her lymph nodes biopsied, and a melanoma removed from her chest. Thankfully, she’s all clear now, but she took the opportunity to spread awareness of how important it is to advocate for yourself with your doctors and to stay vigilant about your own health. Ariana has always been open about her personal struggles when she feels it can benefit the public, including season 6′ s frank discussions among sexual suffering and learning to desire their own bodies. The style Ariana handled this year’s health scare proves that she’s stronger and more determined than ever to fight for what she cares about.

Stassi, on the other hand, has never been one to open up too deep of the reasons why she’s feeling the path she is–until her fights with Beau changed all that. Suddenly faced with the possibility of losing Beau over feeling sways and a temper she’s struggled to control her whole life, Stassi leapt into action. By the reunion, Stassi was a much more self-aware, honest form of herself, having clearly gone through some deep reflection and hard work to undo pernicious structures and get to the root of her dangers. It’s the kind of emotional late dive everyone are needed in order to do at some time in their lives, and it was such a signaling of proliferation for Stassi that she not only took those steps, but too shared that wander with the VPR gathering. Somehow, I can’t see” I am the devil and don’t you forget it” Stassi of season 1 doing the same.

All in all, these maids have stepped up personally, professionally, and romantically–and their futures candidly couldn’t appear brighter. Happy birthday Nastariana! Looking forward to at least another seven years of watching you mercy my TV.

Images: NBC; @thegoodthebadthebogie; @officialkatiecazorla; @stassischroeder/ Instagram

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