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Crystal Kung Minkoff is “the coolest” or at least when she celebrates AAPI Heritage Month, she is. As the very first Asian-American cast of the popular Bravo series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills franchise, Crystal — who considers herself a 76th-generation descendant of Confucius — uses her voice both on and off screen for the greater good.
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“Being the very first Asian American was the only reason I wanted to join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills“Crystal told Review in an exclusive interview. “I didn’t realize how meaningful it would be for people.”
For Crystal, AAPI Heritage Month isn’t just about a short month-long celebration; instead, it’s a lifestyle.” Since joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsshe feels a “massive responsibility [to] represent not only Asian Americans, but minorities as well.”
How to Celebrate AAPI Month, According to Crystal Kung Minkoff
“I have [begun] introduce my friends to the AAPI community,” Crystal said. For those also looking to dip their toes in the water, the mother-of-two came up with not just one but five different ways to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, without never leave your house.
1. Start by buying Crystal’s own company, Real Coco
Supporting Asian-owned businesses is high on Crystal’s list, and for good reason. About 10 years ago, Crystal and her musician brother, Jeffrey, co-founded and launched the popular TikTok brand Real Coco. The brand is dedicated to sharing coconut products and promoting a healthy plant-based lifestyle.
Crystal said one of, if not the most important, priority for her brand is supporting Asian workers, and she and her team have given a lot of thought to how best to do that. The answer they found? Working directly with farmers across Asia and paying them fairly. “All of our farmers are in Thailand and Vietnam,” she said. “We pay 15% more than the highest farmers in Vietnam.”
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2. Rely on the color red for good fortune
“The color red is extremely important in [Chinese culture]. Red defines good luck [and] prosperity. So I always have something red touching me. My wallet is red and it’s funny because [in] Chinese [culture] we talk a lot about wealth. But in fact [wealth means] abundance and plenty [steams from your] money to your health to your family; so, [really] wealth equals abundance – and having red [is believed] to attack said abundance,” says Crystal.
That’s right, this red wallet might not be Crystal’s $95,000 Birkin bag, but it still reflects her effortlessly chic style. Simple and understated, the wallet’s drummed grain and refined textured-leather construction evoke the brand’s leatherworking heritage, making it well worth the investment.
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3. Embrace Chinese culture from the comfort of your own kitchen
Crystal is known for her love of low budget entertainment and cooking, and her true passion lies in the kitchen. Instagram followers often see Crystal whipping up various Instagram must-have recipes with her #CrystalInTheKitchen projects, and even see her eating Chinese food almost every day during AAPI month.
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4. Upgrade your skincare routine with a warming ingredient
“Staying warm is how you keep your body in balance and there are foods you can eat that warm you up. We believe that ginger warms our body and [while] there’s all these pH balance concepts, we’re really [talking about] eat foods that keep our inner body and blood warm. There are blood-warming foods that we believe keep your blood circulation high and your skin young,” says Crystal.
In addition to eating warming ingredients, try incorporating them into your skin care. Start with SKN By LH Goji Berry Cleanser, which gently cleanses away impurities without stripping or drying skin. Gravitate to Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Rescue Ampoule. Finally, finish with Dr. Strum’s Brightening Serum.
5. Complete every AAPI celebration with Crystal’s personal touch
For celebrations, Crystal said she loves to put a gift bag under everyone’s chair — steal her monogrammed style with customizable gift bags from The Little Market. Available in small, medium and large sizes, The Little Market’s handmade, water-resistant gift bags are durable and perfect for monograming names or initials. Plus, every purchase supports fair wages, skills development and training for women artisans in rural communities across Bangladesh.
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