HGTV's Alison Victoria Rocks Bikini Photo As She Turns 40 Amid Windy City Rehab Drama

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HGTV star Alison Victoria has really been going through it for over a year now. The designer who quickly became known for helping to create fabulously luxurious builds on the hit renovation series Windy City Rehab has been weighed down with several stop work orders from the city of Chicago, lawsuits because of work done on many of the homes on her show, and having to deal with the realization that her now former business partner, contractor Donovan Eckhardt, was likely doing less than his due diligence when running the financial end of their enterprise. But, Alison Victoria has shown that none of that is going to stop her, as she rocks a birthday bikini photo amid all the drama.

While pretty much everyone has had to deal with a lot of unexpected difficulties this year, Alison Victoria has had the added trouble of being embroiled in a number of lawsuits and other legal issues which have threatened to upend her business and her successful HGTV series, Windy City Rehab. Well, Victoria has now turned the Big 4-0, and she's letting us all know just how focused on the future she is by showing off a big birthday smile and her toned bikini bod on Instagram, take a look!

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Well, alright Alison Victoria! Look at you, living that pandemic boat life! Not only does Alison Victoria look great in her bikini shot, she also seems to be truly happy right now, despite all of the professional challenges she's been going through recently. Sure, she's wearing giant, sophisticated-lady sunglasses, so we can't tell whether or not that big, bright smile goes all the way to her eyes, but her caption surely intimates that Alison Victoria is doing her best to continue "looking forward and not backward," regardless of what happens with Windy City Rehab.

Normally, it would be a no-brainer that Windy City Rehab would get a third season. The show was an instant hit after its debut in January 2019, and left fans of home renovation shows clamoring for more. Shortly after that season aired, though, trouble began brewing as complaints from neighbors near their projects surfaced, and stop work orders were issued on new homes that Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt were working on for the series, along with Eckhardt and his company losing permit privileges and not being able to work on any additional builds.

Unfortunately, the legal trouble didn't stop there, and by the beginning of this year, there were already multiple lawsuits against Victoria, Echkardt and their companies due to work done on some of the houses seen on Windy City Rehab. Even more lawsuits followed, which led fans to wonder about the status of Season 2, but the show returned in mid-September with a shortened season. As those who watched will know, a large part of the story followed Victoria as she tried to come to terms with all of the legal action, and deal with the revelation that Eckhardt was, probably, not the best person to put her trust in to run the business side of things as she focused on designing.

Alison Victoria has spoken out before about not giving up as she began to work on separating herself from Eckhardt professionally, and it certainly looks like she's staying focused on getting through this tough time in her life so she can get back to designing. It sounds as though she's willing to keep going with Windy City Rehab, should her legal issues start to clear up, so we'll just have to wait and see if HGTV is on board for Season 3.

The first two Seasons of Windy City Rehab can still be found on HGTV, so be sure to check your listings for times. While we await word on Season 3, be sure to see what else you can watch on the small screen with our guide to fall TV!

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Covering The Witcher, Outlander, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias and a slew of other streaming shows, Adrienne Jones is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend, and started in the fall of 2015. In addition to writing and editing stories on a variety of different topics, she also spends her work days trying to find new ways to write about the many romantic entanglements that fictional characters find themselves in on TV shows. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Photojournalism.