Kenyan-born, Somali and Ethiopian supermodel and entreprenuer Chanel Ayan is taking Dubai by a storm after her casting at Dubai’s first season of The Real Housewives of Dubai.
Chanel, whose real name is Ayan Pillott , revealed she has been in Dubai for 18 years and counting. She is wife to artist and model Luca Salves. The couple has a teenage son, Taj, who also models for brands and Ad campaigns in Dubai.
In an introductory video for The Real Housewives of Dubai, dubbed RHODubai, she said,
“My name is Ayan and I’m originally from Kenya. I’ve been in Dubai for 18 years. I moved here with my husband who’s from Idaho. Had my son here. I’m the first black supermodel in Dubai. First person from my village or from my generation to do something really big as this. So I feel so proud!”
The glamourous socialite is popular for her elegance and fashion style, along with her successful talent agency. Chanel Ayan is the first black supermodel to ever feature in a Dubai magazine. She has also appeared on multiple global editions of Vogue and has worked for top fashion brands such as Chanel, Dior, Dolce &Gabban, Valentino, Cartier, Moschino , Louis Vuitton among others.
Ayan, who is a Kenyan of a Somali decent developed a taste for modeling at the age of 17 while still in Kenya. She then decided to move to Brazil to persue her modeling career where she met her-now husband Salves. After tying the knot, the couple moved to United States and worked with The Elite Model Agency. Their fate took them to Dubai where they have lived 18 years and counting.
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She is also developing a makeup and skincare line, Ayan Skin, and alongside with celebrity makeup artist Toni Malt(Ayan by Toni Malt) in an effort to bring transformative looks and confidence to women across the globe.
The Real housewives show , dubbed RHO Dubai on Bravo is set to premiere on Wednesday, June 1, at 9:00 PM ET. The show will feature well-known socialities and personalities from Dubai after which it is named. In addition to Chanel Ayan, other stars include Nina Ali, Caroline Stanbury, Saea Al Madani, Lesa Milan and Caroline Brooks. The reality show, which promises to be full of drama and thrilling entertainment will revolve around the stars’ group dynamics, careers and personal lives.
New episodes will air every Wednesday on Bravo.