The last time we saw the cast of Bling Empire, it was pre-pandemic 2019, and some of the biggest dramatic plot points threaded throughout season one revolved around a Louis Vuitton necklace and a penis pump. All that name-dropping, wealth-flaunting, and petty infighting made for a compelling series debut—perfect, escapist reality television for when we were all isolating at home for months on end. But fast forward two years and everything is different now: in between filming seasons one and two, the entire world ground to a halt, we lost millions of loved ones to a terrifying virus, a surge in anti-Asian violence has rippled across the United States, and Los Angeles, where the series is filmed, is still in the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It's hard to imagine that this transformative year has not somehow touched the lives of the Bling Empire cast. I'm excited to see how their on-screen priorities and journeys have changed over the past year: in the last few weeks we've seen Kane and Kevin actively involved in #StopAsianHate fundraising and advocacy campaigns; Cherie's marriage proposal to Jessey at the end of season one left us on a wedding-planning cliffhanger; and Anna Shay is… well, I have no idea where she is, but I'm sure she's probably carrying on being her fabulous self somewhere fabulous.
So yes, tl;dr I'm super-excited for season two and would love to see more screen time, character development, and plot lines built around Anna Shay, Kane, and Cherie—my three favourites on the show. Oh, and more of Jaime Xie's facial expressions, too! Her silent looks of disdain made for some of funniest moments in season one.
––Danica Lo, International Editor at Large, Tatler Asia