Bravo released their first international series of the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise with the premiere of the ‘Real Housewives of Dubai’ on June 1st, 2022. This new series highlights a group of women in the United Arab Emirates and their relationships, careers, and lavish lifestyles.
The UAE is known for having customs and standards that go against common human rights issues in America. These include misogyny, homophobia, and violence against women. This group of women, most of whom are ex-pats, want to use this show to challenge the stereotypes of women living in the UAE.
The Real Housewives of Dubai displays more wealth than has ever been seen in the franchise and the cast features six diverse women.
Chanel Ayan was born in Kenya. She is of Ethiopian and Somali nationality. She moved to Brazil when she was 18 to pursue modeling and is Dubai’s first Black supermodel. She is recognized worldwide and models for brands such as Hermès and Dior. She is a beauty expert who runs her own talent agency. Chanel also owns a makeup and skincare line called ‘Ayan Beauty by Toni Malt’. She has one son who has followed in her footsteps and is in the modeling industry.
Lesa Milan Hall
Lesa Milan Hall was born in Jamaica and lived in Miami before moving to Dubai. She is a former Miss Jamaica winner, winning the competition in 2010. She is the founder and designer of a maternity fashion brand called ‘Mina Roe’ and has also founded a youth educational brand called ‘My Little Makers’. She has three boys, and her husband Richard Hall is a British financier.
Nina Ali was born in Lebanon and raised in Austin, Texas. Nina now raises her son and two daughters while working on the fruitcake company she founded. She is also a content creator.
Caroline Brooks is an Afro-Latina born and raised in Boston. In addition to raising her son, she is a real estate director and philanthropist. She was the first female real estate director in the UAE and is now the executive director of a real estate brokerage firm. Caroline also owns a luxury salon and spa.
Sara Al Madani
Sara Al Madani was born and raised in the UAE. She is a single mother, entrepreneur, investor, and speaker. After starting her first successful business at the age of 15, she now owns multiple restaurants, a creative consulting firm, and launched a fashion line. She was also chosen by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qassimi to be the youngest member of Sharjah’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Having been divorced twice, she faces the challenges of looking for love in a conservative city such as Dubai.
Carline Stanbury is a former Ladies of London cast member and Bravo alum. She is the host of a relationship podcast called Divorced not Dead. Additionally, she is a luxury brand ambassador and launched a shoe collection. She is married to a former Real Madrid soccer player with whom she is raising her three kids.
All six women come from very different backgrounds but share the common challenge of navigating a life of luxury and drama in Dubai. With only two episodes out so far, these women will challenge the misconceptions of the UAE and hopefully win the hearts of Bravo fans.