Ashley DarbySee Full BioAshley Darby is a Maryland native with a spicy personality and an unmatched drive to succeed. The oldest child in her family, Ashley grew up juggling multiple jobs to help support her single mom and younger siblings. When she turned 18, she attended the University of Maryland and bartended on the side to keep both her and her family financially stable. While bartending, Ashley was scouted by the Miss District of Columbia Pageant and went on to take the crown in 2011.
Soon thereafter, Ashley met Michael Darby, an Australian real-estate millionaire, who is 29 years her senior. Sparks flew, and Ashley was introduced to a world she never knew existed. After four years of dating, the couple married, and Ashley went from 22 and single to wife and stepmother of Michael’s 21- and 24-year-old children. In a classic Cinderella story, Ashley is now constantly attending galas and charity events. She wants to make a name for herself in the food industry, so with the help of her husband, she’s opening a restaurant with an emphasis on fresh and wholesome ingredients. Although she’s having the time of her life, Ashley can’t shake the thought that the only thing missing from this fairy tale is a baby to complete her family. Close
Charrisse Jackson JordanSee Full BioA dedicated mother of two teenagers — Jackson, 18 and Skylar, 16 — Charrisse has a reputation that precedes her in the elite Potomac social circle. Maintaining an extensive network both inside and outside of Potomac, Charrisse prides herself on being a dependable friend and confidant. When her packed schedule allows, she loves to shop, socialize, and travel. Well known to throw extravagant parties and events, Charrisse is the ultimate social butterfly who connects the Who's Who of the DC area. Her passion is giving back and she has proudly raised millions for charity based organizations.
Charrisse has been married to NBA player-turned-coach Eddie Jordan for 19 years. The past few years have been challenging living separate as Charrisse worked diligently to keep her family unit together. The past year took a turn and Charrisse had to face the demise of her marriage. Eddie currently resides in New Jersey while Charrisse and the children live in Potomac. Charrisse tackles any obstacle that comes her way with dignity and grace. Her number one priority has always been and will always be her children, as she is determined to be there for them 150% . . . no nannies, period. Close
Gizelle BryantSee Full BioGizelle is a vibrant socialite and resident of the Potomac area who effortlessly manages her jam-packed calendar as a single mother of three daughters, Grace and twins Angel and Adore. She was raised by very prominent and powerful parents who set the tone for her path in their work in government and philanthropy. After graduating from Hampton University, she moved to Baltimore, where she married megachurch pastor/activist Jamal Bryant. But when the marriage ended seven years later, this resilient woman decided it was time to move back to her old stomping grounds of Potomac for a fresh start with her three girls.
Gizelle keeps herself busy with multiple philanthropy projects and entrepreneurial ventures. She generates funds to revitalize various major cities in order to help those in need or in transition. Gizelle is committed to working hard and sees every obstacle as an opportunity. She is currently developing her makeup line, EveryHue Beauty, geared to meet the needs for women of color. The line will start with a tinted moisturizer that will take the guesswork out of color matching while leaving the skin healthy and radiant. The makeup collection is on target to launch in mid-2017. Gizelle maintains her status as a sophisticated woman in the Potomac social scene, and with her outspoken, no-nonsense demeanor, she is embracing her single life and is open to possibly settling down once again. Close
Karen HugerSee Full BioOriginally from Virginia, Karen grew up on a large family farm and witnessed her father succeeding through hard work and perseverance. She took those lessons to heart, moved out, went to college, started her climb to social heights, and never looked back. Karen reigns supreme as a grande dame of the Potomac social scene. Although Karen is known for throwing over-the-top parties at her home, her family always comes first, and she is extremely proud of all that they have accomplished. Karen is seizing every opportunity life has to offer and has recently launched Ikon Enterprises, a beauty boutique specializing in hair, makeup, fragrances, and fashion, while also serving as a public speaker to empower women and cause positive change, proving that this is just the beginning of her fabulous new chapter of life. Raymond, her husband of 20 years, a technology entrepreneur, is president and CEO of a highly successful information technology company. Her son, Brandon, 29, is a graduate of both Morehouse College and Georgetown University. Her daughter, Rayvin, 19, is currently a sophomore in college. Karen has dedicated her life to her husband, and with both of her children out of the house, Karen and Ray are getting acclimated to life as empty nesters. Close
Monique SamuelsSee Full BioMonique Samuels joins the fierce ladies of The Real Housewives of Potomac this season, and she is not afraid to shake things up with her "tell it like it is" style. Monique grew up in Pleasantville, NJ surrounded by her loving family. She grew up a tomboy, and her father instilled a sense of strength and independence into her. When Monique was a teen, he would not let her drive a car until she knew how to change a tire and check under the hood. Monique’s close-knit family has helped her remain the down-to-earth Jersey girl that she is today.
Monique was the salutatorian of her high school graduating class. After graduation, she moved to Pittsburgh to attend Duquesne University on a full academic scholarship. After a few semesters, Monique decided to pursue her true passion, a career in music. She packed her bags and moved to Washington, DC where she met her future husband, Chris Samuels, a six-time Pro Bowl left tackle who played for the Washington Redskins. Chris and Monique’s friendship has blossomed into a marriage of five years and their beautiful four-year-old son, Christopher, and one-year-old daughter, Milani.
Monique is a boss in every sense of the word, as she manages her husband’s businesses, which include a real estate investment company, a business enterprise, and the Chris Samuels Foundation. As if that weren't enough to keep her busy, she is currently completing her business degree from the University of Alabama and working on her blog, Not for Lazy Moms, which discusses holistic and natural remedies for adults and kids. When she has time to relax at one of the couple's five homes, Monique enjoys weekly spa treatments and international jet-setting travel with her family. Close
Robyn DixonSee Full BioBaltimore native Robyn Dixon is the epitome of "You can't keep a good girl down!" She graduated from the University of Maryland, where she earned a degree in business marketing. While Robyn was in high school, she met Juan Dixon, a star athlete at a rival school. In what turned into a whirlwind romance, Robyn and Juan became high school sweethearts, attended college together, and eventually married. Juan went on to become a professional basketball player; the couple settled in Maryland and had two talented, athletic sons. However, being married to an athlete was not easy, and when Juan broke her heart, the couple decided to part ways. Juan now works as a coach at a university, and the couple remains extremely close, so much so they all live together under one roof and are embracing the "new normal."
A full-time single mom of two active sons, eight-year-old Corey and seven-year-old Carter, Robyn successfully maintains a balance between family, work, and fun. Never one to sit still, Robyn is pursuing a career as a publicist and event manager and has recently launched her own special events firm in the DC/MD area, Visionary Events. Robyn focuses her philanthropic endeavors towards causes benefitting women, children, and families. Close