Bravo reality TV star opening Black-owned beauty supply store in DeSoto

Lia Dias, one of the stars of Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine: Los Angeles, will be in DeSoto on Saturday to open a new location of her beauty supply store chain, The Girl Cave LA.

It’s the first location outside of her native California, where there are four stores in the Los Angeles area.

Dias told KXAS-TV (NBC 5) that she was inspired to start her company after being told “no” a lot while she was modeling.

“I always felt like it was something wrong with me, like I needed to change something,” she said during an interview. “So now getting into the beauty industry, it’s like finding who I am and being the best version of Lia and not someone else.”

She said she wanted to help other women entrepreneurs, so she solicited applications from across the country for a franchise location and “fell in love” with the owners of the DeSoto store.

“I just love the women that are the owners of this store,” Dias told NBC 5. “They’re amazing, they’re fabulous, they’re hard-working. They just understood the mission of the stores.”

Saturday’s ribbon cutting is set for 9 a.m. at 1100 E. Pleasant Run Road, No. 135, and the store will be running promotions all day, according to its Instagram account. More information can be found at

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Cynthia Bailey’s wedding wasn’t filmed for Real Housewives of Atlanta after all, Bravo worried about COVID-19

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Cynthia Bailey poses with her bridesmaids Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, and Eva Marcille. Pic credit: @cynthiabailey/Instagram

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey’s wedding wasn’t filmed by Bravo due to COVID-19 and the weather, according to TMZ.  

The 53-year-old reality star wed FOX SOUL host and sportscaster Mike Hill, 50, on October 10 in Acworth, GA.  

No camera crew from Bravo was present, which led to speculation that Bravo refused to risk filming Cynthia’s wedding over coronavirus concerns. The wedding was originally scheduled to be outside, with Bravo filming the event for the reality show. 

As it turned out, the weather forecast changed due to Hurricane Delta and the wedding was moved indoors, forcing Bravo to cancel plans to film the event. With more than 200 guests scheduled to attend, the show thought it was too risky for the camera crew to film the celebration indoors.  

At least 250 guests attended Cynthia Bailey’s wedding to Mike Hill  

Bravo may have refused to film the wedding, but Cynthia hired her own crew to capture her nuptials for the RHOA, so the wedding will be on the show. The couple wed at the Governors Towne Club in front of 250 guests 

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Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill dance at their wedding. Pic credit: @cynthiabailey/Instagram

It seems that Mike and Cynthia took precautions to keep wedding guests safe from the coronavirus. Masks could be removed while eating (and apparently for pictures), but otherwise were required.  

“Everyone has to wash their hands before coming inside and we will have hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue,” said Cynthia, adding that everyone must wear a mask at all times. “It’s not optional,” she concluded.  

Guests were also required to confirm they had a negative COVID test from within five days of the nuptials. Guests were asked to wash their hands in the entryway and were temperature-checked at the door. 

Three of Cynthia Bailey’s bridesmaids were RHOA co-stars 

While Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star NeNe Leakes was noticeably absent from Cynthia’s wedding, co-stars Kandi Burruss and Kenya Moore were in attendance and served as bridesmaids.  

Former castmate Eva Marcille also served as a bridesmaid. Eva announced she was leaving RHOA on The Rickey Smiley Show in June.  

Cynthia is currently filming the next season of RHOA, and the couple plans to maintain residences in Los Angeles, where Mike works, and Atlanta, where Cynthia lives.  

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is currently on hiatus at Bravo.  

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Bravo backed out of filming Housewives wedding due to COVID, hurricane

Bravo’s filming of Cynthia Bailey’s wedding was upended by a global pandemic and a natural disaster. 

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TMZ reported that the TV network was set to film the nuptials for an episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but things took a major turn. Initially, Cynthia and Mike Hill were set to say “I do” during an outdoor event in Georgia. However, the reality TV star and her wedding planner decided to move the ceremony indoor as Hurricane Delta was making its way to the region. 

Executives at Bravo quickly became weary of the change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and determined it wasn’t safe or appropriate to send staff to film the wedding, as the indoor venue had limited space and a 181-person guest list.

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It’s expected that the wedding will still be shown on the reality TV show, as Cynthia had her own camera crew on hand, and she will turn over footage to Bravo, TMZ said.

While many might be upset about Bravo’s weather-assisted change of heart, Cynthia was reportedly fine with it. In fact, since a “Housewives” crew wasn’t there, there was less to coordinate and less to stress about.

Still, the couple wasn’t blind to the pandemic, as they reportedly took several measures to make sure their wedding was safe: Guests were required to get their temperatures checked and wash their hands upon entry,  all confirmed guests had to have negative COVID tests within a few days of the wedding, and masks were required throughout the ceremony unless, with the exception of when guests were eating or drinking. 

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Here’s Why Bravo Didn’t Film Cynthia Bailey’s Wedding | Celebrities

When a reality star gets married, there is usually a full camera crew to capture every moment. However, that wasn’t the case for Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cyntia Bailey. Bravo reportedly did not film her wedding to Fox sportscaster Mike Hill.

Bailey married Hill on October 10 and images of the wedding were all over social media. Nonetheless, TMZ reports a Bravo crew was not in attendance after the wedding was moved to an in-door venue due to Hurricane Delta. TMZ says Bravo did not feel comfortable filming in-doors due to coronavirus concerns.

Luckily, Bailey reportedly had her own camera crew so hopefully fans will be able to see the wedding featured in the upcoming season. 

Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill wed in front of 250 of their closest friends and family at Governors Towne Club in Acworth, Georgia.

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Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the couple introduced very strict COVID-19 guidelines in place to ensure the safety of their guests on their wedding day. The outlet reports that aside from the venue getting a professional deep clean, guests underwent temperature checks and were asked to immediately wash their hands after their arrival. 

The couple got engaged in July 2019 at the grand opening of Bailey’s new business, The Bailey Wine Cellar, after dating for almost a year and a half. 

Cynthia Bailey’s ‘RHOA’ co-stars Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore and former RHOA co-star Eva Marcille, stood alongside her as bridesmaids.

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Bravo refused to film Cynthia Bailey’s big wedding due to coronavirus concerns

Good news: Bailey reportedly had her own camera crew there instead and will provide ‘RHOA’ with footage.

The wedding of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey to Atlanta sports show host Mike Hill was not filmed by Bravo due to coronavirus concerns. 

The event was slated to be featured in Season 12 of the reality show. 

The wedding of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey to Atlanta sports show host Mike Hill, seen here in February, was not filmed by Bravo due to coronavirus concerns. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
The wedding of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey to Atlanta sports show host Mike Hill, seen here in February, was not filmed by Bravo due to coronavirus concerns. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Bailey had previously considered canceling her nuptials, however, she and Hill moved forward with the Oct. 10 ceremony, which featured over 150 guests, at the Governors Towne Club in Acworth, Georgia. 

TMZ is reporting that production sources claim Bravo originally planned to film the event when it was planned as an outdoor wedding. However, inclement weather due to the approach of Hurricane Delta forced it indoors. 

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According to the site, “the indoor venue made the network wary due to COVID-19 concerns, and Bravo decided it wasn’t safe or appropriate to send staff to film with limited space and an expected 181-person guest list.” 

Bailey reportedly had her own camera crew at the wedding instead and will provide footage to the network to use on RHOA.

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Guests at the wedding were given temperature checks at the door, required to wash their hands upon entering, and they wore masks unless eating or drinking. All guests also had to provide negative COVID-19 test results taken within five days of the wedding. 

Talk show host Wendy Williams called Bailey “selfish” for continuing with the event.

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“Congratulations to selfish Cynthia and her husband Mike Hill,” Williams said on her Oct. 12 show. “Some guests wore no masks at all, and all I can feel is coughing,”

“Everybody looks beautiful, and the place looks nice, but there was no social distancing, and I’m frightened for all of them,” she added.

Almost all members of the RHOA cast attended the event. 

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Bailey defended having the large wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re having a large wedding,” she told Extra viewers before the big day. “To be honest, everything that we’re doing for our wedding 10/10/20, we would be doing if we had 50 people there. We would still be doing temperature checks, still be enforcing masks and face shields because, at the end of the day, you can get COVID at any time, regardless of the amount of people that you’re around.”

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