Style Seen: Drita D’Avanzo Shows Off Her Tattoos And Dresses To Suit Her Mood


When Drita D’Avanzo swung by VH1 recently, we wanted to take some pictures of her. It was a week before the Super Bowl and she told us that at the last minute (actually as Carla‘s car pulled up to her driveway to take her into our office in Manhattan), she changed out of her Giants jersey in order to put on something a little cuter. So we apologize to all the New Yorkers reading this who would have loved to see Drita showing off her red, white, and blue pride, instead, you get Drita still looking gorgeous and showing off her tattoos instead. In our interview with Drita, below, we talk about how she dresses (all depends on her mood), her new makeup line, and what it’s like dealing with sudden fame. To put it in Drita terms, it’s “f—in’ nuts.”

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Is your ring an evil eye?

Yes, since I’m a little girl, that’s what I wear. And now I really want to start making them, believe it or not. Albanians truly believe in the evil eye.

And you have the eye tattoo, too, are they the same thing?

The tattoo is the eye of Horace which is similar to the evil eye, but it’s Egyptian, and it’s my own eye, I had my eyeball drawn. The eye of Horace was put in the pyramids to bring money and gold, it’s a lucky thing. It’s a double thing, I feel lucky when I wear them both.

You sold some of your diamonds this season, have you gotten any new jewelry that’s like “independence” jewelry?

Yeah, you know what I did, I’m not into diamonds, and I like costume jewelry. I like to match everything I wear with something, and I like fun, chunky fashion jewelry. A lot of times I go to boutiques and I buy things that no one has.

If you dress up, what do you like to wear?

I’ll be honest with you first I shop on the internet. I go through whatever color I want, what length I want, I go through that first to find the dress I want, then I go to the store, whatever it is, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and I go try it on.

Do you have a go-to style or silhouette that flatters you, or do you like everything?

Everything! It depends on my mood, everything I do is on my mood. I can dress like a tomboy if I’m just in that chilled out mood. Hat, jersey, all that. Sometimes I’ll dress like a rocker, sometimes I’ll get really fancy, it’s just how I wake up, I know it’s weird but it’s true. It’s why I have so many clothes. If you look at me now, I know it doesn’t make any sense that I would wear jersey, sneakers, hat, but that’s what I like. And sometimes I like to get dolled up. But I was always a tomboy wearing sneakers and sweats, I only got into fashion now.

You have your makeup line coming out soon too, how long have you been into makeup?

I was a makeup artist for like fifteen years and when I was younger I never wore a stitch of makeup. Just red lipstick if I had to wear something. Its a dream for me to sell my own line, a makeup artist wishes for that. As for fashion, I really picked up on it quickly.

When does your makeup line launch?

Well, I got it already but I want to make videos for my website because if there’s one thing I want to do it’s help my fans choose what colors to wear. Fans are always like “Oh, I love the color lipstick you’re wearing in episode four,” and I want to show that on my website, wouldn’t you like thay? Who likes to pick a color from a f—in’ screen? How can you do that? I don’t know how people shop like that. I’ll actually put the makeup on my friends and have people see it. I’ll do a video for girls with dark hair, dark skin, light hair, light skin, everything. I used to run the cosmetics department in Saks and I know exactly what I’m going to do with my makeup line because of that. I used to work with fifty-five women at that job. Fifty-five women and I never told a person, ever, about Lee. One girl I ate lunch with every day for two years and I only told her about Lee after two years of seeing her every day. I never told them stories. Imagine when they watched the show??

What was the difference between working at the Saks makeup counter and being on Mob Wives?

Nothing. Same sh*t. Same drama, cattiness, and viciousness. Listen, that’s why I hung out with the boys when I was younger.

How was it the first time someone recognized you?

I jumped out of my skin! It was late at night, I was going to Wendy’s, on my way home, f—in’ hungry, I pull up to the window and all of a sudden I hear ‘AHHH!‘ and I was really scared as s—, my heart stopped, i was like what the f— is going on? I thought they were getting robbed. And the girl at the window was like, ‘I’m sorry if I scared you, Drita.’ This was after one episode. I bugged out. I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t like it at all. People are like ‘How’s Gizelle and Aleeya?’ and I’m like this is f—in’ nuts.

[Photos: VH1/Jennifer Marigliano]

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  1. Charl says:

    Drita, you truly are my favorite on Mafia Wives. I love the way you disregard (on some occasions) and stand up to (on other occasions) punks like Karen and Ramotormouth. What ever possessed them to put her (ramotormouth) on the show. I always DVR the episodes and usually fast forward through her parts…its all the same anyway. I like Renee also but she is drama personified! She needs to calm down and shake some of the drama off her back. She is very high maintenance. Anyway, love your style, attitude and class.

  2. georgie says:

    Hey . . . . love the (for lack of better word) tramp stamp . . . it doesnt matter what you do or what you wear . . i love it all.

  3. Steve says:


  4. maria santana says:

    i love you drita u are a down to earth lady as long no one messes with you or ur family ur cool . xoxoxoxo

  5. Doesn't Matter says:

    you do all realize drita is not going to read any of these comments.

  6. Fran Fisher says:

    Drita, you are beautiful no matter how you dress. You look good in everything. I admire you for standing up for what you believe in… always say what is in your heart……..take care

  7. Christina Marchioni says:

    I can b the most vengeful b around but u need 2 think about what made u n karen friends back n the day! i know a gd brawl makes 4 gd tv , n no 1 ever wants 2 look like a fool, but u both shld b able 2 c what brought u2 together n the first place!

  8. Linda Dewald says:

    I to am a tomboy, but I clean up real good when the notion strikes me. I love Drita’s style as well as her attitude. She is the only one that makes any sense on that show! I wish her all the luck in the world with her new makeup line. and I would love to know who is going to be carrying her product. You go girl! any chance of you and Lee getting back together? To your on self be true. Sista.

  9. Rachel says:

    I love Drita all together but this picture is the best cause she so natural in all make up and all.

  10. debbie says:

    Drita rocks!!! Hope she can kick Ramona and Karen off the show!!! I love her honesty, she a great mom, and wears only one face! Drita is my kind of friend… you tell it like it is, always know where you stand with Drita and her heart is as big as Texas for her daughters, and Drita isn’t a Drama Queen much like Ramona and Karen they are trouble makers I went to school with girls like them sad thing is Ramona and Karen are still in school mentally… DVR rocks love the fast forward -there goes Ramona and there goes Karen… so much better now!

  11. Blaquekat02 says:

    I love me some Drita too!!! You, Renee, Carla & Big Ang are my absolute favorites. I did like Karen before she became unable to let go of the past as Renee did when she at first disowned Karen when she came back to town, but then became her friend again, against her father’s wishes, mind you. Like really, she & Ramona are tough guys after jumping somebody? Since when did fighting anyone other than one on one, make you bad? Anyway…Drita you’re my girl!! Keep doing you and stay true to yourself no matter what. Go for yours and always remember who your true friends are :-)!!

  12. Adrenne says:

    I really hope love prevails. Best to your family. Drita you do look happy. Maybe talking to Lee
    helped some. I know love hurts. Keep smiling because you are pretty, and he will always love and want you. That is how I have observed it. The haters Ramona and Karen cant hold a
    candle next to you. That is the best revenge!

  13. Chin-chin says:

    Drita is the prettiest of all reality wives! There should be no question as to why she is the most liked, she is lovely in and out.

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  15. Deb says:

    omg I PRAY Lee stays outta her life, he’s trash. She deserves to be happy. Back on the subject, she’s smokin, makes me jealous.