Last week Porsha Williams kicked off her 35th birthday celebration – and it’s still going on! I guess that’s a milestone or something because the Real Housewives Of Atlanta star has been on a birthday binge.
Porsha’s celebration began at Dish Nation, continued to a club over the weekend, and last night featured a dinner with friends – undoubtedly filmed for Real Housewives Of Atlanta, because not only was Porsha joined by Bravolebrity friends Phaedra Parks and Quad Webb-Lunceford, but also by rumored new Housewife Maryam Aytac.
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Before we get to the photos of Porsha’s birthday bashes – let’s get to the dirt about Maryam. First of all, it seems she knows Phaedra from a UG affiliation, and is an active member of the business community.
Filming for RHOA began in early June, but Maryam has been out and about with Porsha and Phaedra for months now. Everyone is returning next season except for Kim Fields (who left, reportedly after not agreeing to some of the contract terms), and since many of the women dislike Porsha, it’s only natural that Bravo would incorporate someone from her clique into cast.
The good news is that Maryam is FROM ATLANTA! So unlike Claudia or Kenya, she did not specifically relocate to revive her failing career. Bravo put the kibosh on that shenanigan before last season, but has been having difficulty attracting prominent ATL socialites to the show due to all the trashy antics. (#Krayonce). This season Bravo has been testing 3 women as potential new Housewives, but Maryam seems to be the stand-out.
Maryam is reportedly outspoken, well-connected, family-oriented, and has money! She and her husband have two teenagers, two goats, and own a successful local chain of restaurants called Cafe Istanbul. She’s also Persian, but don’t expect Shahs of Sunset bling or kaftans!
Tamara Tattles reports that Maryam and the two other ‘potentials’ have been test shooting since May, and eludes to production being A MESS. Evidently Bravo has been fed up with the ATL casting the last couple seasons, and is reportedly issuing clear-cut directives about what they want in their new Housewives: married, successful, and fabulous with full lives. Bravo is also hoping to change the narrative of RHOA, into a more upscale show about socialites and affluent, interesting women with REAL storylines (no fake men, fake mortgages, fake bank balances, fake careers, fake businesses, fake marriages, and fake friendships). They’ve been attempting this for a while now, but their attempts keep floundering. #GETNEWPRODUCERS
Here’s Maryam back in April with Porsha, Mariah Huq, and Shamea Morton. It seems like Maryam is more of Phaedra’s friend, but is test-filming a lot with Porsha (who needs to class-up and dial-down her image as a crazy unprofessional THOT.) [Facebook]
And here’s Maryam with her hubby. [Instagram]
Finally, here’s Maryam hosting a party at Cafe Istanbul, attended by Phaedra and Porsha which was filmed by RHOA as one of her test shoots. [Credit]
And photos from Porsha’s birthday bonanza are below!
TELL US – SO FAR DO YOU THINK MARYAM WILL BE A GOOD ADDITION TO RHOA? DID PORSHA GO OVER-KILL ON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS?
[Main Photo Credit: Instagram]