Make way for Bravo’s new leading ladies.
Rejoice, lovers of all things Real Housewives, because there’s not one, but two new series entering the franchise. Bravo announced on Wednesday that The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas are set to premiere in 2016, with RHOP launching first on Jan. 17 (Dallas will premiere later in the year). Per Bravo, the newest addition to the RH franchise will introduce viewers to “the wealthy African-American families who have broken racial barriers and now reside in the sophisticated community.”
Yes, this now means you’ll have six more ladies to obsess over in the new year, and we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Potomac’s Housewives.
Gizelle Bryant: The socialite ex-wife of Jamal Harrison Bryant, the pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, with whom she has three daughters, Grace, and twins Angel and Adore. She’s working on a makeup line and looking to reenter the dating world.
Katie Rost: Per her Instagram, Katie is a “mommy, model, philanthropist, foodie.” She has worked on campaigns with CoverGirl and L’Oreal and once served as a host on BET’s talk show Teen Summit. Rost married and had three children, a son Rocco and twin girls, Kathryn and Renee, with her college sweetheart, James Orsini, before divorcing. She is now dating an investment banker named Andrew, who also happens to be one of Potomac’s most eligible bachelors, which means a lot considering it was ranked the No. 1 hottest guy city. She also once dated Russell Simmons.
Karen Huger: The “grand dame of Potomac,” Karen is known for throwing lavish parties. Married to Raymond, the president and CEO of a highly successful information technology company, for 19 years, the couple have two children and are preparing for (and dreading) an empty nest.
Charrisse Jackson-Jordan: The socialite and philanthropist is married to NBA player-turned-coach Eddie Jordan and they have an unusual secret for making their 17-year marriage work: they mostly live apart. The duo have two children, teenagers Jackson and Skylar.
Robyn Dixon: Though she and her former NBA player husband Juan Dixon split, they still live together (with their two sons). Robyn is currently juggling life as a single mother with her new career as a publicist and event manager.
Ashley Darby: The former Miss District of Columbia is married to Michael Darby, an Australian real-estate millionaire who is 29 years older than her, and now plays step-mom to his two children (one of the “kids” is actually older than she is). Hoping to make a name for herself in the food industry (she has a restaurant in Virginia), she’s also ready for a baby.
The Real Housewives of Potomac premieres Sunday, Jan. 17, on Bravo.