Chatting with Married to Medicine’s Mariah Huq
Known for her famous “Yassssssssss,” Mariah Huq of Married to Medicine is adding new titles to her resume. Producer and designer are just a few hats she’s wearing alongside that of “housewife.” In this one-on-one interview, Mariah explains why she turned down the opportunity to be a Real Housewife of Atlanta in order to pursue something original.
JET: You’re the first African-American woman to have the title of “concept by” on Bravo’s Married to Medicine. What was your inspiration and vision for the show?
Mariah Huq: We have tons of shows out there, but I felt like something was missing. I was approached about doing the Real Housewives of Atlanta, but instead of doing that show, my husband and I felt like we had more of a story to tell by introducing people to the medical community. People had never seen anything outside of the scripted shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scrubs. We thought Married to Medicine can give people an inside look into the lives of doctors and their families, and expose them to some of the sacrifices. My inspiration was my life. The fact that we lived, worked, and played with doctors, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to give people a voyeuristic perspective into our life.
JET: As an African-American woman, do you feel pressure to uphold that image on reality television?
MH: I do and I don’t. I do, because I’m on TV and I’m a wife. But I’m a mother before anything and I’m a woman of God, so of course I want to have an accurate portrayal of myself. However, from the producing stand point, I had no creative control of the past two seasons. Moving forward, next season I do have creative input.
JET: So there will be a season 3?
MH: If we’re renewed.
JET: I heard recently you were considering freezing your eggs. Will there possibly be a baby next season?
MH: I’m getting old and still want to reproduce (laughs). Yes, I think we are in the process of starting to work on expanding our family and having another baby.
JET: You and your husband, Dr. Aydin, recently started The Cinnamon Girl Diet. Can you tell me more about it?
MH: Oh my God, I am so excited about that, because it’s doing well already! We hadn’t even officially launched and the website had been up for three days, and we sold out all of our pre-orders. Cinnamon Girl Diet is a program and a line of products that includes everything from protein shakes and bars and appetite suppressants you take in the morning and some you take at night. It also comes with a 1,200-calorie meal plan. It’s a full-scale diet program that people take for 30 days and lose up to 20 pounds.
We’re excited about that, because it’s geared toward women of color. African-American, Hispanic, Latina, Asian and Indian women. It’s geared toward people like myself who are predisposed to obesity and diabetes. Cinnamon Girl Diet is another option out there for women to help them jumpstart their weight loss program. I think people are going to love it. It tastes good. I lost 14 pounds on it and I’m looking fab. My husband lost 18 pounds and he looks great. Also, not only are we launching here in the States, but in Africa, Bangladesh and Dubai.
JET: Personally, I’m excited for this season of Married to Medicine. I hope all goes well with you and Quad. I’ve been watching like “Oh gosh…”
MH: Yeah, I hate that. It’s disappointing. It’s a part of life, falling out with people, but unfortunately Quad and I are at two different places in our lives. I’m at a place where we can work it out and move past it, or if not, forgive each other and move opposite ways. I don’t want to hit below the belt. I don’t want to talk about your family, like what she’s doing to me. I don’t think that’s the right approach to take. That says a lot about their character after you’ve been friends with someone for so long, that they can go to such a low place. It makes me question whether or not the friendship was ever real.
JET: Is there anything else you’d like to add before we wrap up?
MH: This has been a long time coming. Before the show, I was an entrepreneur and always believed that you can speak it, believe it, and achieve it. That’s what I’m doing. I’m living my dream right now.
Follow Mariah on Twitter at @iluvmariah and watch Married to Medicine on Bravo Sundays at 9/8 Central.
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