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The life of a stylist might seem glamorous, but it’s not all celebrity parties and fabulous clothes–well, not all the time.

“There’s a lot of drama, there’s a lot of laughs and a lot of tears,” says celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. Her new Bravo reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project (premieres Sept. 8 at 11 p.m. ET), follows the stylist and her team of two assistants as they get down to the business of styling Zoe’s famous roster of Hollywood clients . “I think everybody is going to see how much work and how much time goes into everything we do,” she says.

Zoe, who counts Jennifer Garner, Joy Bryant, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing among her clients, is no stranger to being the center of the spotlight herself, having gotten flack in the past for contributing to Hollywood’s Thin Is In look. “I think the interesting thing is the shocking reaction of most of my haters,” Zoe says. “They are saying ‘she’s a nice, normal person’–I’m still trying to figure out why they didn’t think that I wasn’t.” In fact much of the real drama in the Rachel Zoe Project isn’t between Zoe and her cast of leading ladies, but rather her two assistants Taylor (who has been with Rachel for three years) and upstart Brad, who has just joined the team. “I’m not always the best boss,” Zoe admits. “I’m very lenient and don’t love confrontation, so that is why Taylor wears that hat. She runs a very tight ship.”

But what’s a fashion show without some A-list drama? Though Zoe remains tight-lipped about which of her high-wattage stars will be appearing on the show, given that the show taped during awards show season and New York Fashion Week can a few meltdowns be avoided? –Andrea DeSimone

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