By Shukri Osman
Chanel Ayan, a supermodel, is one of the six housewives set to star on
The Real Housewives of Dubai.
Chanel Ayan (real name: Ayan Pillott) is a Kenyan of Somalian descent.
She was born in Malaba, a small town on the border between Kenya and
She got a taste of modelling at the age of 17 while she was still in
Kenya, and the reality TV star then decided to move to Brazil. She met her
now-husband, amid her flourishing career as a new model.
Ayan is the first model of African descent to appear on magazine covers
in Dubai and the Middle East. She has modelled for brands like Vogue and has
worked for top fashion brands including Amato Couture, Channel, Dior, Moschino,
Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton.
Now the good news is, that Bravo is bringing another Real Housewives
show, titled The Real Housewives of Dubai (RHODubai),
to viewers. The show will feature well-known personalities and socialites from
the city after which it is named, as is the custom of the franchise.
One of the most famous personalities to be featured on the show is
supermodel Chanel Ayan, who is married to artist and model Luca Salves. The
couple has a teenage son who also models for campaigns in Dubai.
RHODubai is all set to premiere on Bravo on Wednesday, June 1, at 9.00 PM
ET. The show promises to be full of drama and entertainment for viewers.
In an introductory video for RHODubai, Chanel Ayan 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!”
Ayan has worked with every brand and designer in the Middle East. She
was reportedly the muse of one of the top-end designers. In an interview from
2019, Ayan revealed that she wore dresses for celebrities before they were sent
Talking about her career, she said:
“I am the muse for one of the biggest designers in the world, the Amato
couture. He has dressed Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj, Shakira and JLo he
says am his muse. I usually dress clothes for celebrities before he sends them
to the USA for Oscars or anything.”
Apart from being a supermodel, Ayan is also a businesswoman, developing
her line of skincare and beauty products in collaboration with makeup artist
Toni Malt, called Ayan by Toni Malt and Ayan Skin respectively.