Who is Chanel Ayan?

Kenyan model, reality TV star and social media personality Chanel Ayan, was born Pillott Ayan in Malanba, Kenya, on 7 June 1978, meaning that Gemini’s her zodiac sign. She’s probably known best for starring in the popular reality show “The Real Housewives of Dubai”, alongside Sara Al Madani and Caroline Brooks; it’s aired 14 episodes since it debuted in 2022, and follows the lives of several wealthy women from the United Arab Emirates.

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Education and early life

Chanel and her five siblings were raised in Malanba solely by their mother, as their father was an alcoholic and rarely saw his family; Chanel often features her mother in the pictures which she uploads onto the internet, and considers her her best friend.

Chanel was attending a local high school when her cousin from Sweden told her that she could pursue a modelling career with her body shape and weight; Chanel had already dreamed about becoming a model, and the advice motivated her to apply to a number of modelling agencies, signing her first contract aged 17.

She matriculated in 1995 and then moved to Brazil where she worked as a model, then to New York City a couple of years later, and was signed to Elite Models. She’s since appeared in numerous commercials for many popular companies, including Coca Cola, and has been featured on the cover page of many magazines, with the most popular amongst these being “Vogue”.

TV appearances

In 2022, Chanel appeared in an episode of the talk-show “Entertainment Tonight”, and the same year saw her appear in four episodes of the popular talk-show “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen”; it’s been airing since 2009, and has won one of its 10 award nominations.

Most popular YouTube videos

Although not active on YouTube, Chanel’s still highly popular on the video sharing service, thanks to many users who’ve uploaded videos about her onto their YouTube channels; most of these are related to the show “The Real Housewives of Dubai”, while others aim to cover Chanel’s everyday life. We’re going to write about the three most viewed videos amongst these, which’ve contributed to Chanel’s internet popularity.

The #1 video “NEW SERIES: Your Golden First Look at The Real Housewives of Dubai” was uploaded by Bravo on 17 May 2022, and has been watched more than 500,000 times; it features Chanel and several other women speaking about the show “The Real Housewives of Dubai”.

The second most popular video “Phaedra and Chanel Engage in War of Reads” was uploaded by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on 20 October 2022, and has since been viewed nearly 400,000 times; it features Chanel and Phaedra Parks arguing over who has a better sense in fashion.

The #3 video “Chanel Ayan Says Phaedra Parks Has Worst Fashion” was uploaded by Bravoholic on 16 February 2023, and has since been watched more than 250,000 times; it’s quite similar to the above mentioned #2 video, as it features Chanel telling Phaedra Parks that she has a horrible sense in fashion.

Presence on the internet

Chanel’s popular on various social media networks, and more than 350,000 people are following her on Instagram today, while she’s posted close to 800 pictures and videos, with most of these showing her during her everyday life, while others feature her on the catwalk, shooting for the show “The Real Housewives of Dubai” and showing off her clothes.

Chanel’s tweeted more than 2,000 times since she launched her Twitter account in January 2022, and there are today close to 50,000 people following her on the network; she tweets multiple times every day, mostly sharing her random thoughts with her fans.

She also has a Facebook profile, but it seems that Chanel hasn’t updated it since 2014.

She’s only recently launched her TikTok account, and has already managed to attract more than 100,000 followers; all of Chanel’s videos together number over 1.6 million likes, with most showing her travelling, walking the catwalk and lip syncing.

Love life and marriage

Even though Chanel’s keeping the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, it’s widely known that she’s today a married woman, as well as a mother.

She met her future husband Luca Salves not long after she moved to Brazil; she was 17 when they began dating, while Luca was 22. They were together for only a year and a half prior to marrying in a private, small ceremony. Chanel gave birth to their son Taj several years later, and she often features him in her Instagram pictures and videos, but still prefers to keep him away from media, wanting him to have a normal life.

Chanel hasn’t spoken about other men and/or women whom she’s maybe been with, she’s married to Luca Salves as of April 2023, and they have a son together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Some of Chanel’s fans have started rumors on the internet claiming that the popular model might be struggling with anorexia, due to her low weight, but this hasn’t been addressed by Chanel.

She’s a shopaholic, as she goes searching for clothes on a daily basis.

Chanel loves animals, and her favorites are cats and sheep.

She’s passionate about travelling, and has been all around the world, while the United Arab Emirates are still her favorite country.

Chanel once dreamed of becoming an actress, but left the dream behind her after launching her career as a model.

Her favorite season is summer – she dislikes cold weather.

Chanel’s a fan of Hollywood actresses Anne Hathaway and Penelope Cruz, and some of her favorite movies include “Armageddon Time”, “Interstellar” and “The Last Thing He Wanted”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Chanel’s age is 44. She has brown eyes and long black hair, is 5ft 10ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).

Chanel’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million, as of April 2023.

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