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Who is Robyn Dixon? The Potomac 'Wife is Keeping Her Family Together
See why this #RHOP cast member embraces a "new normal" at home.
Earlier this week, we met The Real Housewives of Potomac's Charrisse Jackson Jordan, whose husband Eddie Jordan spent seven seasons in the NBA before becoming the head coach of the Washington Wizards. It's a small world after all, because the ex-husband of Charrisse's fellow RHOP 'wife, Robyn Dixon was a college basketball star who went on to play on Eddie's team.
But two fabulous women like Charrisse and Robyn can both be basketball wives and still lead completely different lives. Read on to find out how Robyn is blazing her own trail.
1. She's a Maryland Girl Through and Through
Robyn was born and raised in Baltimore before attending the University of Maryland, where she earned a degree in business marketing. Watch out, Potomac ladies. You're in Robyn's house now.
2. She Married Her High School Sweetheart
Robyn, née Bragg, and her future husband Juan Dixon attended high school and then college together before he proposed by popping the question in the sands of Miami Beach writing, "RB - will you marry me?" The two got married at the Galleria at Lafayette Center in Washington, D.C. in 2005 with a wedding that included 400 guests, a 12-person wedding party, and a dress from Justina McCaffrey Haute Couture, according to an article in The Baltimore Sun published on the big day. Unfortunately, this fairytale romance came to an end when Robyn and Juan's divorce was finalized in 2012. However, the two are still on good terms, so much so that they currently live under the same roof with their two sons.
3. And Then She Became a Basketball Wife
Not only was Juan a romantic, but he was also kind of a big deal when he and Robyn were dating. That's because Juan was a star college athlete, helping the University of Maryland Terrapins earn their first national men's basketball title in 2002 and remaining the school's all-time leading scorer in program history to this day. Juan went on to play in the NBA for seven seasons for the Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons during his career. He returned to his alma mater in 2013 to take on his current role special assistant to the head coach. That means it's possible Juan could lead the Terps to victory once again.
4. She's a Mother of Two
5. She Has Political Connections
Robyn and Juan aren't the only high-profile people in their family. Juan's aunt is Sheila Dixon, who became the first female mayor of Baltimore in 2007, serving until February 2010 when she resigned from office as part of a plea deal in a perjury case and following an embezzlement conviction in 2009. However, Sheila entered the 2016 mayoral race last summer, and her campaign to land the Democratic nomination in the primary election on April 26, 2016 is currently under way. At least Sheila knows that she has one big supporter.
6. She's a Working Woman
When she's not taking care of her family, Robyn is bringing home the bacon. She currently works as a publicist and event manager for the Washington, D.C.-based PR, marketing, and special events firm TAA PR, whose recent clients include Shake Shack, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, and one of celebrity chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. It looks like Robyn is surrounded by luxury in all aspects of her life.
7. She Keeps it Simple When it Comes to Beauty
Though Robyn's fellow Potomac 'Wife Gizelle Bryant may be launching her own makeup line, Robyn keeps it simple when it comes to her beauty regimen. "I spend about five minutes on my makeup; I’m very basic," Robyn once told Washingtonian Mom. And when it comes to getting mani-pedis, which is usually a favorite activity among Housewives, Robyn would rather do her nails herself. "I hate getting my nails done at the nail salon," Robyn also told Washingtonian Mom. " I can’t stand sitting there for long periods of time with my hands stuck to a table.” Sounds like Robyn is a woman who can take care of herself.